Top Asian junior riders debuting on the Masters’ stage this Saturday and Sunday! (16-17 February 2019)
Organized by the EEM, Co-organized by the Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, the Asian leg of the Masters series, Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019 will arrive to its seventh edition soon from 15-17 February 2019 (tomorrow to Sunday) at AsiaWorld-Expo. On top of world’s best veteran riders competing in five-star competitions at one of the most prestigious showjumping event, the first HKJC Asian Junior Challenge (100cm) and HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix (110cm) presented by the EEM and Hong Kong Equestrian Federation, sub-vented by the Home Affairs Bureau (Arts and Sport Development Fund), supported by the Leisure and Cultural Services Department and sponsored by the Hong Kong Jockey Club, will be held on the 16th and 17th February 2019, Saturday and Sunday respectively during the Longines Masters of Hong Kong 2019. In order to nurture young talents in the region, six top junior riders aged 14 – 18 in Asia from China Guangdong, Chinese Taipei, Indonesia, Iran and Hong Kong were invited to compete at the event. Unfortunately, the horse of the Iranian rider, SIAHMANSOURI MAHMOUABADI, Amirhossein was found to be injured before the competition. Therefore, only five Asian junior riders will compete at the classes.
With the Longines Masters of Hong Kong and Junior Challenge approaching soon, the HKEF is glad to share with you the allocated horses for each of the participating junior riders at the HKJC Asian Junior Challenge and HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix respectively:
Hong Kong’s Vincent will ride on IT’S A GAMBLE while Edgar will ride on CALMANO at both classes. The HKJC Asian Junior Challenge (100cm) and HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix (110cm) are both borrowed horse competitions which aim to offer top junior riders in Asia, such as winners of regional Championships or league finals an opportunity to experience the atmosphere of top international competitions at the Masters, as well as to foster their interaction with like-minded Asian junior riders. Junior riders will compete with horses provided by the EEM.
The HKJC Asian Junior Challenge on 16 February 2019 (Saturday) is a single-rounded competition with two phases. Junior riders will pass through all obstacles on their horses in each phase without interruption and the placing is decided by the total penalties occurred in two phases. On the other hand, the HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix on the 17February 2019 (Sunday) contains two rounds at fence height of 110cm. All riders who complete the first round will enter the second round.
For the seventh consecutive year, the Longines Masters of Hong Kong is again awarded with the “M” Mark Status by the Major Sports Events Committee of Home Affairs Bureau, being one of the largest sports events in Hong Kong.
The HKEF would like to wish Vincent, Edgar and other junior riders the best of luck at the HKJC Asian Junior Challenge and HKJC Asian Junior Grand Prix.
Don’t miss your last chance to get your tickets now and support our riders!
Last but not least, exciting competitions can be viewed on live for free at EEM.tv: https://www.eem.tv/en/.
Hong Kong Equestrian Federation