Marked by novelties and feminine elegance, the highlights of 2015 were the launch of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League, the attendance of Longines Ambassadors of Elegance Stefanie Graf at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping final in Las Vegas and Jane Richard Philips at the launch of the Conquest Jumping watch during the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping final in Barcelona. Along with these, Longines was happy to extend its support to the discipline of eventing, being Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle. Finally, the prestigious Longines Ladies Award was presented to FEI former President HRH Princess Haya and the Longines Rising Star Award went to young British rider Jessica Mendoza.
2015 began with the announcement of Longines becoming the Official Partner, Timekeeper and Watch of the new Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. The Swiss watchmaker joined the FEI to help promote the fascinating discipline of show jumping in North America, offering a high quality series of 14 legs across East and West Coast venues in Canada, United States and Mexico, enabling the athletes to qualify for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.
This year, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping final took place in Las Vegas with the attendance of Longines Ambassador of Elegance Stefanie Graf. Prior to the finale, the coveted trophy and Longines watch awarded to the world's best rider were showcased at the Hour Passion boutique in Las Vegas.
Summer 2015 opened up with the presentation of the prestigious Longines Ladies Award to former Olympic showjumper, two-term President of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), FEI Honorary President and Classic-winning racehorse owner, HRH Princess Haya, in recognition of her tireless work to harness the power of equestrian sport for good.
Summer was also marked by the kick off of the brand new Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping North American League in Bromont, Canada. The season ended up beautifully with the Longines FEI European Eventing Championships at Blair Castle, graced by the presence of Her Majesty The Queen Elizabeth II.
During the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping final in Barcelona, Longines launched the Conquest Jumping watch, which the brand developed in collaboration with the FEI. The new watch specifically devoted to show jumping houses a movement enabling the combining of timing with penalty points. This chronograph, the first ever of its kind, is intended for trainers, judges and fans of the discipline. At the presentation of the new model, Longines Ambassador of Elegance Jane Richard Philips showed its functionalities to the invited media. As regards to the competition, Longines was honoured to time the victory of 2015 world's best team, Team Belgium, as well as those of Team Qatar at the Longines Challenge Cup and Irish rider Denis Lynch on All Star at the Longines Cup of the City of Barcelona.
2015 concluded with the traditional FEI Awards ceremony in San Juan, Puerto Rico, honouring the pursuit of excellence and rising talent in equestrian sports. Longines awarded the Longines Rising Star to young skilled and charming British rider Jessica Mendoza. She received this distinction for her determination and hard work, which led her to compete today alongside and against the world's most successful show jumping athletes. Another celebration to feminine elegance and success in the equestrian world.