Jolly good show but for the ending

Christian Ahlmann of Germany. Photo: Reuters

It has been a long trek to AsiaWorld-Expo this past week, but it has been well worth it on two counts - it has opened my eyes to why equestrianism will never be a mainstream sport and reinforced the belief that big names are what draw the crowds in Hong Kong.

Sunday, 10 March, 2013, 4:35am

Delaveau a true Master with three on the trot

Frenchman Patrice Delaveau is greeted by an enthusiastic crowd after he captures his third win in three nights at the AsiaWorld-Expo. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

In an unprecedented display of dominance at an international five-star show-jumping competition, Delaveau won four of the six competitions including the two majors to sweep away the opposition, which included seven of the world's best riders and their horses.

3 Mar 2013 - 4:00am

Debut Hong Kong equestrian event hailed as runaway success

Matthieu Gheysen (left), director of Longines Hong Kong Masters, and Walter Von Kanel, President of Longines. Photo: Warton Li

They will have to double the order next year for fresh sea bass from Brussels, with organisers thrilled by the public reception in its inaugural year. While organisers refused to reveal sponsorship details, it is understood Longines is on board for five years.

3 Mar 2013 - 6:37am

Patrice Delaveau grabs spotlight with second win

Frenchman Patrice Delaveau rides Lacrimoso 3 to victory in the Gucci Gold Cup at the Longines Hong Kong Masters. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Delaveau, who took the first slice of action on Thursday when he won the opening event, an against the clock competition (Prix Artemide), was in super touch with his mount Lacrimoso 3 once again in fine form as they blitzed a strong field to win the main event yesterday in front of packed stands.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:34am

Showjumper Edwina Tops-Alexander aims for the world's top ranking

In-form Edwina Tops-Alexander wants a grand finish tonight. Photo: K.Y. Cheng

The world's leading woman show jumper, world No 4 Edwina Tops-Alexander, has set her sights on reaching the summit of the sport and tonight's finale at the Longines Hong Kong Masters - the Grand Prix - will play a huge part in her bid to do so.

"Hong Kong counts hugely towards my ranking. It is very important to do well here and a top three finish will help me.

2 Mar 2013 - 5:23am

Katharina Offel blitzes field to win Speed Challenge in 64.61 seconds

Marc Bettinger of Germany on Phenix Royal clears an obstacle at the Longines Hong Kong Masters last night at Asia-World Expo in Chek Lap Kok. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

Watched by her six-year-old son Leopold, Katharina Offel drew first blood at the Longines Hong Kong Masters when she won the bigger of the two events on the opening night - the Speed Challenge - upsetting many more fancied names, mostly men to boot.

1 Mar 2013 - 2:05pm

Show jumper Ben Maher aims to dazzle in Hong Kong Masters

Ben Maher. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The dazzling lights of Hong Kong were the only bright feature in Maher's stay four years ago as he ended 20th in the individual show jumping competition at the Beijing Olympics and Great Britain failed to break into the medals in the team event too.

1 Mar 2013 - 4:53am

Talking points

Draw held for subsidised homes at Greenview Villa

Almost 60,000 applicants are eagerly waiting to find out if their number has come up in the ballot for flats in the Housing Society's latest project. Some 988 flats will become available at Greenview Villa in Tsing Yi.

28 Feb 2013 - 3:37am

World's top showjumpers eye big prize in Hong Kong

London Olympics gold medallist Ben Maher in action. Photo: EPA

Longines Hong Kong Masters, the biggest equestrian show in town since the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games equestrian competition, is the first step of an ambitious plan to create a grand prix series offering big bucks - a minimum of US$1 million in prize money for each leg.

28 Feb 2013 - 4:51am

Leung Hou-ling, Kenneth Cheng with world's best showjumpers

Kenneth Cheng aboard Jockey Club Caballo yesterday in a warm-up session ahead of the Hong Kong Masters showjumping. Photo: K. Y. Cheng

The two riders are in the mix with the world's best riders at the Longines Hong Kong Masters thanks to invitations from organisers who are keen to give something back to Hong Kong.

28 Feb 2013 - 3:29am

Jockey Club reins in support for Hong Kong showjumpers

Hong Kong rider Patrick Lam.

The club is reviewing the "performances and needs" of Patrick Lam Lap-suen, Samantha Lam, Kenneth Cheng Man-kit and Jacqueline Lai Jing-man after the four-year sponsorship programme, which began soon after the 2008 Beijing Olympics equestrian competition was held in Hong Kong, ended late last year.

19 Feb 2013 - 5:23am

Local duo keen to take on world in first Asia masters

Brazilian equestrian Nelson Pessoa and Kenneth Cheng at the event to announce details of the championship. Photo: Warton Li

Leading local riders Kenneth Cheng Man-kit and Raena Leung Hou-ling will rub shoulders with the world's top equestrians at the inaugural Longines Hong Kong Masters.

They will be hoping a good showing in Asia's first CSI five-star showjumping event will boost their Hong Kong Jockey Club sponsorship hopes.

17 Jan 2013 - 2:27am

Jockey Douglas Whyte passes love of horses to his children

Whyte with his son, Ethan, at Beas River Equestrian Centre. Photo: Dickson Lee

A soft rain is falling on the paddock at Beas River Equestrian Centre in Sheung Shui. Douglas Whyte is meticulously checking equipment, tugging the leather straps as he attaches a saddle to a patiently waiting horse.

9 Dec 2012 - 1:40pm

British fans show their love for royalty and horses

A good brolly is a much-needed accessory in London as I discovered after nearly 10 days without any mishap. But the famous weather finally caught up with me and I returned to my hotel drenched to the skin.

15 Aug 2012 - 10:49pm

Saddle tales: appearances can be deceiving

As a true city boy who grew up in New York City and Hong Kong, horses are foreign animals to me. I'm more used to animals such as pigeons, rats and cockroaches, and more comfortable riding on a metal snake (otherwise known as the subway) than a horse. So when I was shown a dressage competition on YouTube, my first question was how that was possibly a sport; and an Olympics sport at that.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am