Show Jumping Set to Take Off With Longines L.A. Masters
Downtown Los Angeles will host the first annual indoor Masters Grand Slam Indoor equestrian competition in September, with riders competing for a total of $1 million in prize money.
The convention center in downtown Los Angeles has hosted everything from concerts to trade shows, and in September for the first time ever it will be the venue for a world class show jumping event.
Tickets for the first annual inaugural Longines Los Angeles Masters went on sale Monday, with the Grand Slam show jumping competition taking place September 25-28.
Following in the footsteps of prestigious events in Paris and Hong Kong, this marks the first time the Masters has taken place in the U.S. and will showcase top show jumping riders, performance horses, fine dining and designer fashion.
"We are excited to continue to build the tradition and heritage of the equestrian sport to Los Angeles and U.S. audiences," said Christophe Ameeuw, founder and CEO of EEM World. "Based on success that we’ve seen thus far from the Gucci Paris Masters and the Longines Hong Kong Masters, we anticipate great crowds at the LA Convention Center."
Included in the activities during the four-day event are the Longines Speed Challenge, the Charity Pro-Am Style & Competition, featuring celebrity riders such as Bruce Springsteen's daughter, Jessica, and the Longines Grand Prix rounding off the competition on Sunday.
Created and organized by EEM World, a total of $1 million in prizes will be awarded during the event that is expected to draw 30,000 spectators.
Among the ticket options are VIP packages including an evening gala on the opening night, fine dining throughout the weekend by prepared by 2* Michelin chef, Yves Mattagne, and prime seating in the center of the ring for a front row view of the action in the arena.
The surrounding Prestige Village will feature luxury pop-up booths, art exhibits, and the chance to watch riders practice and warm up in the paddock.
Grandstand tickets range from $30-$120, with VIP tables costing $18,750 for six, and $25,000 for eight. For more information, click here.
Watch the video below for a preview of the skill and grace of the spectacular Grand Prix show jumpers.