The first leg of what’s considered the “Grand Slam” of indoor show jumping, the Longines Masters of Los Angeles brought four days of elegance and athletic expertise to the Long Beach Convention Center. The audience was delighted to see presentations of some of the best riders in the world, including several Rio Olympic medalists. The show gave a taste of what to expect for the next two events that complete the Master Series in Paris and Hong Kong.

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The event kicked off with a spectacular Opening Gala hosted by equestrian enthusiast Iggy Azalea and continued with a top-notch program that included live musical performances, demonstrations, competitions, and exhibitions.

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There were three levels of competition, including the Olympic level CSI5. Olympic medalist Daniel Deusser of Germany took home the top prize in the main event, the Longines Grand Prix. Atop his 12-year-old mare, Equita van’t Zorgvliet, Deusser completed the course in an impressive winning time of 37.67 seconds. If Deusser manages to win in both Paris and Hong Kong, he’ll receive a 2.25 million Euro bonus, otherwise known as the “Super Grand Slam.”

One of the key attractions of the event was The Prestige Village, where guests were able to enjoy the best of shopping, cuisine, art, and wonderful examples of the equestrian lifestyle. One of the most magnificent pieces on display was the title sponsor’s own signature watch, which was also the official watch of the event—the impeccably crafted steel and gold model of the Longines DolceVita

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