BY INTERN ANNIE BIRMINGHAM
The Longines Masters of New York kicked off today at the newly renovated NYCB Live Center just west of New York City. The next leg in what has been deemed “the grand-slam” of show jumping is sure to be a weekend to remember, with the top horse and rider pairings from all over the world competing in an array of classes ranging from 1.10 to 1.60.
Previously hosted in Los Angeles, the show is credited for being unlike any other in the world, including not just the best that show jumping has to offer, but also world-class vendors, entertainment, and cuisine. Notable competition includes New York natives McLain Ward, Beezie Madden, Brianne Goutal, and Georgina Bloomberg.
The nearby Prestige Village offers shopping from Hermes, Sam Edelman, LA Saddlery, and more; in addition to one of a kind cuisine from chef Antonia Lofaso. The unique set-up of the Prestige Village shopping area allows spectators to get up close and personal with competitors while they warm up for their classes, all while conveniently located central to shopping and cuisine.
The show also boasts a handful of classes that won’t be found anywhere else, including the Longines Speed Challenge, pitting horse and rider combinations against the clock over a 1.50 meter course, the Masters Power Six Bar, with jump heights upwards of 2.0 meters, along with the North American debut of the Riders Masters Cup, a Team USA vs. Team Europe speed format on Saturday night.
This historical first event is sure to be a hit. If you can’t make it to New York, live coverage is available here; you won’t want to miss this!