They throw a party like no other! Once again, the Longines Masters of Los Angeles took center stage at the Long Beach Convention Center. The competition is the first leg of what is considered the “Grand Slam” of indoor show jumping. The next two will take place in Paris and Hong Kong, respectively, from December 1st -4th, 2016 and from Feb 10-12, 2017. The series is broadcast in over 120 countries and reaches more than half a billion households around the world.
The event kicked off with a spectacular Opening Gala hosted by equestrian enthusiast, Iggy Azalea, and continued with a spectacular program that included live musical performances, demonstrations, competitions, and exhibitions.
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 twelve year old mare, Equita van’t Zorgvliet, Deusser posted a winning time of 37.67 seconds. If Deusser manages to win in both Paris and Hong Kong, he’ll receive a cool 2.25 million Euros otherwise known as the ‘Super Grand Slam Bonus.’