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First Podiums at the Longines Masters of Lausanne

Caroline Ratignan Caroline Ratignan Photos ©Sportfot, J.L. Carli for EEM, A. Anice for EEM
June 21, 2019

Enchanting sights, spectacular setting, magical place…are just some of the praises the riders have used to describe the venue of the very first Longines Masters event in Lausanne. Said Caroline Ratignan, the American rider who captured the very first victory in Lausanne in the Masters Three - 1.15m, “The venue is amazing…to be right on the water with the mountains in the background is just surreal.” The very first event of the Masters One was seized by none other than the speedy Italian, Emanuele Gaudiano.

It’s the very first year that the American rider has hopped across the Atlantic pond to test the competition on European soil.  “This is really exciting to come over here and be successful,” Ratigan said in reference to taking first and second place in the class. “My mom really wanted to come so I was like sure, I’ll go, and now obviously, I’m really happy!” For Ratigan, her first impression of European show jumping has been a good one. Overall, the Americans are happy with the results of day one at Place Bellerive. The youngest, Ella Bikoff, was the 14-year-old winner of the Masters Three - 1.20m. International rider Katie Dinan too secured a win for the stars and stripes in the Masters Two - 1.30m. Patrica Segura of Spain rounded out a full women’s card in the 1.40m. With Segura having been based in Switzerland for several years, the win was particularly exciting. “I live in Switzerland so it’s magic for me already to compete here in this gorgeous place, but it’s even better win! It’s amazing,” she gushed.

The day’s only Masters One event saw a full card with 86 horses set to compete with their five-star pilots. Among them, 21 horses soared over the technically challenging track without fault. It was international podium veterans, Emanuele Gaudiano and Carlotta, who were able to seize the first victory of the Masters One at 1.45m.  “Carlotta is really a very fast mare. She has won more than 60 international events! Today was very good, we have a special arena but she didn’t care about that, she jumped very good. She’s very hot, full of blood and she fights for everything. It’s a very, very nice show.” The Italian secured his place with a blistering time of 55.3 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of young Frenchmen, Edward Levy, who was aboard the dependable Starlette de la Roque. American rider Kristen Vanderveen is on the European circuit for the first time. She completed the podium with Bull Runs’s Faustino Tili with a time of 57.4 seconds. The best Swiss result came from their youngest: Bryan Balsiger, who was fifth with AK’s Courage, and Edward Levy. They are two young talents born of the “Riders Lab” concept. One which has proved successful with U25 riders represented in the top 5 of the main event of the day.

Emanuele Gaudiano and Carlotta

The enthusiasm for Lausanne is not only expressed by the riders. From the stalls of the stables to the surf of the beach, the universal sense of enjoyment is palpable at this venue. Swimmers didn’t hesitate to come out of the water to admire the horses, amazed to see such a sight in such close vicinity. Beyond the natural scenery, we find the unique footprint of the Longines Masters and the signature of EEM to highlight this magnificent sport and offer everyone an unforgettable experience. There are exceptional moments to be had as the days progress, such as the presentation of the Trophy of the City of Lausanne in front of the members of the Olympic Committee and their President, Thomas Bach. For the public, this unique moment on the shores of Lake Geneva is free.

The upcoming highlights:
• The evening of Sport & Fête de la Musique on Friday night: after the Masters One City of Lausanne will be a vaulting demonstration by the Noroc company and an equestrian show by Santi Serra. The afterparty with Henri PFR guarantees an electric atmosphere!
• Many autograph sessions with the best riders in the world will take place from Friday to Sunday in the official Longines Masters shop.
• The Saturday Masters Power event: a sensational high jumping event in which riders try to jump higher and higher. Will they jump over 2.00m? Anything is possible at this event! The course walk is open to the public and is a perfect opportunity to inspect the difficulty of these tracks.
• Saturday night is dedicated to speed with “the fastest class in the world”, the Longines Speed Challenge. Victory belongs to the rider with the shortest time. It’s a thrilling event highly anticipated by the public.
•  The highlight of the competition will of course be the Sunday Longines Grand Prix of  Lausanne. All athletes dream of adding their name to the illustrious list of winner in this 300,000-euro, two-table event, which requires perfect harmony between horse and rider.

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