Hong Kong Masters

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

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