Longines Masters of Los Angeles Expected to Draw Kaley Cuoco, Iggy Azalea, Seven Olympic Medalists
The actress will compete in the weekend's events, while the Australian rapper will host the prestigious show-jumping event's opening-night gala.
Kaley Cuoco and Iggy Azalea are two of the famous faces participating in the Longines Masters of Los Angeles, scheduled for Sept. 29-Oct. 2.
Recognized by the Federation Equestre Internationale, the Masters series ranks as one of the most prestigious equestrian competitions in the world, and this year, the Los Angeles installment will head south a bit to Long Beach, where it will be held at the Long Beach Convention Center. The event is the first FEI recognized CSI 5* show jumping competition on the West Coast and one of the first major international equestrian competitions following this summer's Rio Olympics.
The Big Bang Theory star, who is passionate about horses and the sport of show-jumping, returns to the Longines Masters of Los Angeles to compete in a variety of events all weekend. Last year, she rode in the Pro-AM for Charity, an event that positions amateur riders against masters of the sport. Also scheduled to appear along with Cuoco is French actor-director Guillaume Canet.
For her part, rapper Azalea will host the opening gala. She, too, is passionate about the sport and admitted on Twitter earlier this year that she had planned to step up her equestrian activities this year: “Horse update, I’ve decided it is my 2016 resolution to compete in a three day event."
The American leg of the Longines Masters Series will feature seven Olympic medalists, including Team USA silver medalists Lucy Davis and Kent Farrington, who will compete against fellow Olympians with whom they shared the podium, including Team France gold medalists Kevin Staut and Roger-Yves Bost and Team Germany bronze medalists Christian Ahlmann and Daniel Deusser. Additional Rio Olympians confirmed to compete include Canada's Eric Lamaze, Netherlands' Harrie Smolders and Switzerland's Steve Guerdat.
Notable 5* riders from the United States include Georgina Bloomberg, Jessica Springsteen, Richard Spooner and others. The Longines Masters series also takes places in Paris and Hong Kong. More information can be found here.
World #3 Simon Delestre from France will make his first appearance at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles after multiple years of competing in the Paris and Hong Kong legs of the international competition. (Photo courtesy: Longines Masters)