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  • PRESS KIT 2014/15

    LONGINES FEI WORLD CUPTM JUMPING 2014/15 Part 1: The Essentials

  • Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2014/15 Part 1: The Essentials

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    Contents

    Series Preview: Lure of Las Vegas promises Page 2-3

    sensational Longines season

    Fast Facts - Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Page 4

    The Calendar Page 5

    Standings & Results

    Athletes

    Organisers

    FEI Online Resources Page 6

    Athlete Biographies

    FEI SportApp & Longines Live Timing Jumping App

    FEI TV & FEI TV On the Go

    FEI Photo Catalogue

    Social media: YouTube, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

    Longines Rankings Page 7

    Key Contacts

    Press Officers for Series & Final Page 8

    FEI Media & Broadcast Page 9

    About Longines and Equestrian Sport Page 10

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    Longines FEI World Cup Jumping 2014/2015: Lure of Las Vegas promises sensational Longines season

    By Louise Parkes

    The lure of the bright lights of Las Vegas adds an extra edge to the Longines FEI

    World Cup Jumping 2014/2015 season.

    This series is always guaranteed to provide more than its fair share of excitement,

    and the trophy is one of the most coveted in the sport. Since Austrias Hugo Simon first held it aloft back in 1979, riders have battled fiercely for a place at the annual

    Final at which the king, or queen, of indoor Jumping is crowned.

    And as it returns to

    the American city

    where it has been

    staged on five

    previous occasions,

    there is a shiver of

    anticipation because

    Las Vegas has

    produced some of the

    most electrifying

    finishes in the 36-

    year history of the

    event.

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    The qualifying rounds of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping series are not easily won, and the Western European League presents 12 tough qualifying opportunities at

    some of the most popular and glamorous venues on the international circuit.

    Record books

    The record books show that Germany has sent out the greatest number of winners,

    10 in total following last seasons superb victory for Daniel Deusser riding Cornet dAmour. However Americans dominated during the early years, winning seven of the first nine titles, and, after a long absence, they made a come-back with victories from

    Rich Fellers in 2012 and Beezie Madden in 2013. When the Final returns to their

    doorstep in April 2015 they will be hoping to redress the imbalance and catch up with

    their main rivals.

    Experts

    The watchmaking experts from Longines have a long and distinguished association

    with equestrian sport dating back to 1878 when a timepiece with a horse and rider

    engraved on the watch face was first made. Longines has dramatically extended its

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    equestrian sports sponsorship in recent years, but the FEI World Cup series holds a special place in the heart of the Swiss company which treasures the qualities of

    tradition, precision and elegance.

    Just as it does in the world of watchmaking, experience also counts for a very great

    deal and that is one of the things that is tested each season on the indoor Jumping

    tracks around the world.

    The ability to jump a big course at speed without touching a pole and then to return

    to race against the clock is not quickly learned by either horse or rider, but the

    greatest protagonists of the sport do it with consummate professionalism.

    Las Vegas Final

    And there is one man who everyone will be watching if he makes it to the Las Vegas

    Final. Canadas Ian Millar is a 10-time Olympian who is still cutting it with the very best of them.

    www.mrwallpaper.com

    You have to go all the way back to 1988 to recall his very first FEI World Cup Jumping victory in Gothenburg, Sweden with the great Big Ben who returned to do it

    again the following year.

    Brazils Rodrigo Pessoa is the only rider to have recorded three wins in a row, while Austrias Hugo Simon and Germanys Marcus Ehning and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum are also three-time champions. But if Millar maintains form he could, at the age of 68,

    become the fifth triple champion in the history of a series that has consistently set the

    best apart from the rest. www.worldcuplasvegas.com

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    Fast Facts - Longines FEI World Cup Jumping

    Longines became the FEIs first Top Partner in December 2012.

    As the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the FEI, the Swiss watchmakers partnership covers a number of major rights packages, including the Longines FEI World

    Cup Jumping.

    A total of 12 qualifying rounds will take place in this 37th edition of this prestigious

    series, before the Final in Las Vegas on 15-19 April 2015.

    The defending series champion

    is Germanys Daniel Deusser, who came out on top with

    Cornet d'Amour (below) at the

    last series Final in Lyon, France.

    Worlds oldest indoor Jumping series: 1979

    The very first series Final took

    place in Gothenburg, Sweden in

    1979, and Austria's Hugo Simon

    was the first champion. Riding

    Gladstone, he finished ahead of

    America's Katie Monaghan and

    The Jones Boy in second place,

    and America's Norman dell Joio

    with Allegro and Ireland's Eddie

    Macken with Carroll's of

    Dundalk shared third place.

    Dirk Caremans

    National pride

    US riders claimed the trophy seven times for the first nine years of the series, but there

    was a 25-year gap before Rich Fellers re-claimed it in 2012 with the brilliant stallion

    Flexible. Beezie Madden then made it a back-to-back win for the US at the 2013 Final

    with Simon. Three riders have claimed the FEI World Cup Jumping title on three occasions, Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Marcus Ehning, and Rodrigo

    Pessoa from Brazil. Pessoa has the distinction of being the only rider to secure three

    back-to-back wins, and he did so with the same stallion, Baloubet du Rouet, between

    1998 and 2000.

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    The Calendar

    The Athletes & Event Organisers

    Athletes competing at each qualifying leg will be listed on the Event Organiser

    websites - to access these, click the button below

    Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Online Standings & Results All standings and results are available online - to access these,

    click the buttons below

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    FEI Online Resources

    Access athlete biographies, download the FEI and Longines Apps, Watch FEI TV live &

    On the Go, download images free for editorial use and join us on social media.

    Simply click the logos below.

    FEI Sport App & Longines Live Timing Jumping Application

    Available on App Store & Google Play

    #longinesjumping

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    Longines Rankings

    Scott Brash (GBR) is the current leader of the FEI World Jumping Athlete Rankings -

    now called the Longines Rankings.

    Longines Rankings - Top Ten

    Click here to view full online Longines Rankings

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    Press Officer Contacts

    Oslo Anton

    Granhus

    press@oslohorseshow.com

    http://oslohorseshow.com +47 911 77 154

    Helsinki Kati Hurme-

    Leikkonen

    kati.hurme@helsinkihorseshow.fi

    http://www.helsinkihorseshow.fi +358 40 514 4753

    Lyon Vronique

    Gauthier

    veronique-gauthier@club-internet.fr

    http://www.equitalyon.com +33 (0) 967 073 729

    Verona Caterina

    Vagnozzi

    c.vagnozzi@gmail.com

    http://www.jumpingverona.it +39 335 6107070

    Stuttgart Jrg Klopfer joerg.klopfer@in.stuttgart.de

    http://stuttgart-german-masters.de +49 (0)7 11 / 95 54 - 31 28

    Madrid Alba

    Fernandez

    a.fernandez@madridhorseweek.com

    www.madridhorseweek.com +34 676 998 361

    Alejandra

    Cmara

    a.camara@madridhorseweek.com

    +34 609 915 944

    London Jo Peck JoPeck@hpower.co.uk

    www.olympiahorseshow.com +44 1753 847 900

    Mechelen Edith De

    Reys

    edith.dereys@skynet.be

    www.jumping-mechelen.com +32 475 65 92 81

    Leipzig Andreas

    Kerstan

    andreas.kerstan@comtainment.de

    www.engarde.de +49 177 75 32 624

    Zurich Roman

    Gasser

    roman.gasser@mercedes-csi.ch

    www.mercedes-csi.ch +41 79 635 50 05

    Bordeaux Pascal

    Renauldon

    info@rbpresse.com

    www.jumping-bordeaux.com Jessica

    Rodrigues

    +33(3) 44 620 621

    Gothenburg Mayvor

    Thorin

    mayvor.thorin@gotevent.se

    www.gothenburghorseshow.com +46 31 368 43 49

    The Final - Las Vegas Marty

    Bauman

    marty@classic-communications.com

    www.worldcuplasvegas.com +1 508 698 6810

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    FEI Media & Broadcast Contacts

    Grania Willis Ruth Grundy

    Director Press Relations Manager Press Relations

    grania.willis@fei.org ruth.grundy@fei.org

    +41 78750 61 42 +41 78750 6145

    FEI Broadcast Contacts

    Christian Osterode Elizabeth Preston

    Commercial Manager FEI Television Coordinator, MPB TV

    FEI Television & FEI TV elizabeth@mbptv.com

    christian.osterode@fei.org +44 1403 740303

    +41 21 310 4747

    Audrey Schroeter

    Coordinator, FEI Commercial

    audrey.schroeter@fei.org

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    About Longines and Equestrian Sport

    Longines has been based at Saint-Imier (SUI) since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise

    reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. It has generations

    of experience as the official timekeeper at world championships and as a partner of

    international sports federations.

    Longines passion for equestrian sports began in 1878, when it produced a chronograph engraved with a jockey and its

    mount.

    Over the years, the brand has built strong and long-lasting

    links with equestrian sports. In 1912, Longines was proud to

    partner with its first Jumping event, the Grande Concurso

    Hippico Internacional, in Portugal.

    Today, Longines involvement in equestrianism includes Jumping, Endurance and flat racing.

    Longines is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the

    worlds leading manufacturer of horological products. With an excellent reputation for creating refined timepieces, the brand, whose emblem is

    the winged hourglass, has outlets in over 130 countries.

    For more information on Longines, click

    here.

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