The Longines Masters of New York officially kicked off during the Riders Masters Cup team draw party on Wednesday, April 24, hosted by Georgina Bloomberg and Event Founder Christophe Ameeuw at Bloomberg Philanthropies in New York City. The second-annual Longines Masters of New York runs April 25 through 28, at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum, as the third leg of the Longines Masters Series following stops in Paris and Hong Kong.
The Riders Masters Cup Draw determined the composition of the first five duels in a match-up between the world’s two major equestrian powers, the United States and Europe. The Riders Masters Cup will make its second appearance in New York on Saturday, April 27, after launching at the Longines Masters of Paris in 2017. Riders Europe has dominated the series with three wins to date, but Riders USA will be hungry for a win in their home arena.
Round 1 Duels
Duel #1: Lillie Keenan (USA) vs. Pius Schwizer (SUI)
Duel #2: Harrie Smolders (NED) vs. Beezie Madden (USA)
Duel #3: Laura Chapot (USA) vs. Darragh Kenny (IRL)
Duel #4: Olivier Philippaerts (BEL) vs. McLain Ward (USA)
Duel # 5: Devin Ryan (USA) vs. Edward Levy (FRA)
In the first round of the Riders Masters Cup (Table A-against the clock), the winning competitor scores 10 points for his or her team, and the defeated competitor – if they have completed the course – will score five points. At the end of the first round, the team leaders reset the duels, with the team temporarily in the lead getting the benefit of choosing first. In the second round (Table C-each fallen pole adds three seconds to the competitor’s time), the winners score 20 points, the losers 10. The team with the most points after two rounds is crowned the champion.
Tickets for the Riders Masters Cup evening session on Saturday start at just $35 and children 14 and under are free. While the Riders Masters Cup is the main event, spectators will be treated to thrilling competition including the Masters One 1.50m CSI 5* class, divine shopping, performances by equestrian artist Santi Serra, which feature canine and equine liberty training, as well as the Afterparty by Henri PFR, the official Tomorrowland DJ!
After the official Riders Masters Cup draw, Sam Edelman hosted and toasted the International competitors at one of Manhattan’s most popular venues, Goldbar. Guests sipped on signature cocktails inspired by the international event, danced to a live set by fashion model and DJ, Pamela Tick, and celebrated with some of the world’s top show jumping athletes.
The Longines Masters of New York is on EEM.tv & CBS Sports
Watch the best riders of the world compete in the 2nd edition of the Longines Masters of New York!