Triumph for Elizabeth Madden and Breitling LS at the 2018 Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final
Paris (France) / Saint-Imier (Switzerland), 15 April 2018 – USA’s Elizabeth Madden riding Breitling LS captured the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping Final in Paris, of which Longines is the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch. American rider Devin Ryan and Eddie Blue ranked second ahead of Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and Toveks Mary Lou. The grand Final marked the end of a remarkable season during which top-level riders and horses competed in the three regional leagues – Western European, North American and China – to qualify for the coveted Final. Besides, Longines and the FEI were delighted to celebrate equestrian excellence during the first Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse and Rider Awards Ceremony held at the iconic Mairie de Paris on Wednesday 11 April. On this occasion, American mare HH Azur and USA’s rider Kent Farrington were honoured.
On 15 April 2018, Elizabeth Madden (USA) aboard Breitling LS reigned supreme at the 2018 Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final by imposing themselves at the three rounds of the final, which were held at the impressive AccorHotels Arena in Paris. Spectators were rewarded with a truly thrilling Final during which American rider Devin Ryan on Eddie Blue took second place ahead of Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann on Toveks Mary Lou. As the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of this event, Longines proudly crowned the new World Champion and presented the star rider, along with the second and third, an elegant Longines timepiece.
In addition, as the Official Timekeeper of the FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final, Longines was honored to reward German rider Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD, who claimed the final on Saturday 14 of April. Laura Graves (USA) and Jessica von Bredow-Werndl (GER) who took respectively second and third place, were also presented with a Longines timepiece.
The 2018 edition of the Finals in Paris was the perfect occasion for the spectators to discover the Official Watch of the event, the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” model, representing a new achievement in the field of quartz, combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance. Equipped with an exclusive movement renowned for its high degree of precision for an analog watch (± 5 seconds/year) and its ability to reset its hands after an impact or exposure to a magnetic field, the Conquest V.H.P. positioned itself as the standard-bearer of extreme precision.
The Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse and Rider Awards
On Wednesday 11 April, Longines and the FEI were proud to distinguish for the first time the top jumping horse and rider of the year by presenting the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse and Rider Awards, during a ceremony held at the iconic Mairie de Paris. On this occasion, American mare HH Azur was awarded the Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Horse Award while USA’s rider Kent Farrington was given the prestigious Longines FEI World’s Best Jumping Rider Award. This celebration night also included the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final and the FEI World Cup™ Dressage’s draws.
12/04 – 14/04/2018 – LONGINES FEI JUMPING AND DRESSAGE WORLD CUP FINAL – PARIS / FRANCE