Vienna, by equestrians known as the city of classical dressage, the hometown of the Spanish Riding School. During my last stay in Vienna, I had the chance to attend a training course at the Heldenberg trainingcenter. (which you can find here) Last weekend, Vienna was the place to be for the top class showjumpers during the Global Champions Tour. But there was more…I can even say, something very special and unique took place during the Vienna Masters: a Working Equitation competition.Equestrian Lifestyle Working Equitation

Working equitation has its origins in Portugal and is a combination of dressage riding, an obstacle parcours such as bridges and gates, and a speed trail parcours. (photo EQWO)

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The discipline becomes more and more popular and this competition during the Vienna Masters was a huge promotion! The riders represented 4 countries: Portugal, France, Germany and Austria.

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The Rathausplatz in Vienna was transformed to an epic showground, where world class showjumping and working equitation went hand in hand.

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As a tribute to the brand’s passion for the equestrian world, Longines is launching a new line with shapes and materials inspired by iconic elements of the equine world. Equestrian Lifestyle Longines Arches on racetracks evoking horseshoes, stirrups acting as supports to follow their horse around the high jump course, fine leather of saddles: all these strong images are found in the bold lines of these watches dedicated to female equestrian sports lovers.

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The Longines Equestrian Pocket Watch “Lépine” is a classic masterpiece. This metal pocket watch is kept in the Musée Longines Saint- Imier and was the inspiration for The Longines Equestrian Pocketwatch Horses Trio in 1911 .Equestrian Lifestyle Longines

The new rose gold pocket watch underlines the passion of Longines for equestrian and is available in a very limited edition numbered copies. The creation of a diameter of 48.20 mm on the back side is decorated with an engraving of a trio horses. Equipped with a manual on winding L878.4 caliber developed exclusively for Longines .Equestrian Lifestyle Longines

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 BAM! To all the stylish equestrians out there: this event was stunning in every way. With brands like Maybach, Alberto Fasciani, Maserati, Parlanti, Hermès, Adi Kissilevich, Amerigo,… in combination with the world’s best riders in one of Europe’s best equestrian venues, Valkenswaard was the place to be last weekend.

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The Longines Global Champions Tour series is a unique world-class show jumping championship and a phenomenon in the sport. Over the past decade, the LGCT series has grown from six events to 15 events, including debut shows in 2015 for Miami Beach (click here) and Rome as well as an exciting new venue for London. Coming up next:

Global Champions Tour Equestrian LifestyleValkenswaard (Holland) is the place where the journey started. Today Jan Tops, founder and president of the Longines Global Champions Tour, has realised his dream with the opening of the “Tops International Arena“, a brandnew and unique venue to welcome the world’s best riders.Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle

During the weekend of 13-16th of August the inauguration of this new venue took place with an exhilirating opening ceremony on friday and a feast of world class sport on saturday and sunday.Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tour The highlight of the weekend was the Grand Prix on Saturday evening and although it was raining cats and dogs, all seats were taken: full house in Valkenswaard. (fotocredit: S..Grasso)Equestrian Lifestyle Gloabl Champions Tour When you visit a lot of international shows, you aren’t easily impressed… but I always feel the excitement when I visit one of the venues who are hosting the LGCT. Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions TourEvery detail feels right and riders, grooms, trainers and of course the athletes themselves, the horses, are feeling at home and are all overwhelmed about the extraordinary facilities.

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Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle Blog Global Champions Tour In the elegant “Place de Concours” visitors are able to enjoy a variety of smart shopping outlets, champagne bars and delicious food and beverages.Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions Tour Next to the lively Place de Concours is a colonnade of elegant permanent stores including the new showcase of the Longines Global Tour merchandising collection.Global Champions Tour Equestrian LifestyleEquestrian Lifestyle Global Champions TourThere is also a new Maybach – Icons of Luxury boutique where the brand’s premium equestrian related products are available. (extra blogpost coming soon)Maybach Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle

Any LGCT event has a wide scale of VIP hospitaly packages. You can enjoy a world-class VIP dining experience and watch exceptional international show jumping from your privileged ringside seat. An unrivalled networking opportunity to have access to HNWIs, business leaders, decision makers and personalities from the world of film, music and sport.Global Champions Tour Equestrian Lifestyle

The LGCT offers livestreaming of all the CSI5* classes. If you don’t want to miss the action, check out GCT TV. The next leg on the LGCT will be held in Rome. In the meantime, click on the video to see a little behind the scenes documentary on the venue in Valkenswaard.Equestrian Lifestyle Global Champions


The Global Champions Tour crew amazes us every time with their incredible venues and world class showjumping. But this year, they go further than beyond everyone’s imagination. The thrilling launch destination of 2015 will be Miami Beach! (credits LGCT)

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These days you wish you were a showjumper, right?  Miami beach itself is already amazing, white beaches, blue ocean and around 30° degrees. In combination with the LGCT event, it will be the best place on earth for the next 4 days.

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Pure perfection. Let’s enjoy some incredible pictures. (credits LGCT)

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Number one in the GCT ranking: Scott Brash

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Like all riders, spectators and VIP guest say, this is a top class event. Every detail breaths luxury and style. Our eyes immediatly catches the equestrian decoration by Eichholtz (click).

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Pure elegance for your home.

You can follow the LGCT live from 2nd untill 4th April 2015.