French Riders Sweep the Podium at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles

Star Duo Nayel Nassar and Sloan Elmassian Shine in Pro-Am for Charity Benefiting “Ride On”

Star Duo Nayel Nassar and Sloan Elmassian Shine in Pro-Am for Charity Benefiting “Ride On”

LOS ANGELES – Saturday night at the Longines Masters of Los Angeles was the epitome of glamour, prestige and excitement with top-level show jumping and entertainment at the Long Beach Convention Center. The evening featured two renowned classes: The Emirates Gold Cup and the Pro-Am Style & Competition for Charity. The third night of the prestigious competition attracted celeb spectators Kaley Cuoco, William Shatner, Selma Blair and Arianna Rockefeller.

The Emirates Gold Cup showcased the power and agility of show jumping as the world’s best riders jumped the course designed by Uliano Vezzani. After a competitive first round, the top ten and their horses took to the course again. The winning round came to an exciting finish as the French swept the podium. Kevin Staut and Elky van het Indihof HDC claimed the top prize with a time of 35.52 seconds, with Simon Delestre and Julien Epaillard coming in second and third, respectively.

The morning portion of the competition was highlighted with the City of Long Beach Trophy class, in which Steve Guerdat took home the top prize with a time of 33.83 seconds. Also in the morning session, the Terranea Resort Trophy was won by Estelle Navet, while Amelie Bittar claimed the Ecuries d'Ecaussinnes Trophy.

The afternoon and evening showcased the fun and philanthropic aspect of the Longines Masters Series with the much-anticipated Pro-Am Style & Competition for Charity. The event featured seven teams, each consisting of one professional rider and one amateur rider, each competing for the charity of their choice while in full costume and riding to music matching the theme.

The team with the best style was decided by a celebrity jury composed of Miss USA 2015 Olivia Jordan, Lawrence Zarian, and entertainment reporter Sam Rubin. Winners were judged on the number of penalties, the teams’ style and elegance, as well as the horses’ style.

Nayel Nassar and teammate Sloan Elmassian were crowned the Pro-Am for Charity winners dressed as disco kings with afros and all to benefit Ride On, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life of people with disabilities through equine-related therapy, recreation and fun. Other notable competitors included Steven Spielberg’s daughter, Destry Spielberg and Jane Richard-Phillips riding as samurai ninjas competing on behalf of Just World International.

The seven teams included:
Kristin Hardin and Nikki Hirt for Compton Jr. Posse Youth Equestrian Program
Nayel Nassar and Sloan Elmassian for Ride On
Francie Steinwedell-Calvin and Vani Khosla for Thrive Animal Rescue
Destry Spielberg and Jane Richards-Phillips for Just World International
Will Simpson and Ben Ebeling for Ann Romney Center for Neurologic Diseases
Eduardo Menezes and Jean-Christophe Mely for Special Spirit
Joie Gatlin and Chandler Meadows for Semper Fi Fund

Before each class, spectators were treated to the unique, up-close experience of watching the world’s best riders warm up. Located in the heart of the Prestige Village, the paddock mirrored the extravagance of the brands on display including Longines and Hermès with a luxurious Lamborghini Huracan LP610-4.

The Longines Masters of Los Angeles concluded on Sunday afternoon with the signature event, the Longines Grand Prix, where riders competed for the chance to make history by taking home the new Super Grand Slam Bonus of 2.25 million Euros.