EEM World, the creator and organizer of the Masters Grand Slam Indoor, that include the annual Gucci Paris Masters and Longines Hong Kong Masters, has announced that Los Angeles will host the first American Grand Slam as the Los Angeles Masters will take place at the Los Angeles Convention Center on September 25 – 28, 2014.
Modeled after the Grand Slam in tennis, the Masters competitions are broadcasted to a global audience of over 500 million homes, making it the most televised show jumping competition in the world.
Christophe Ameeuw, founder and CEO of EEM World, commented; "Horses are my passion and it is my dream to bring the wonderful and spectacular sport of showjumping to the forefront of the international sporting scene. With the Los Angeles Masters we are fulfilling our American dream while adding a third continent to our global event concept."
Recognized by both the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) and the U.S. Equestrian Federation as a CSI 5* event, the American leg of the Masters Grand Slam Indoor will put Los Angeles on the international equestrian scene as the 25 best riders in the world compete for a total prize money of 1 million USD.
The Masters Grand Slam Indoor combines world-class equestrian competitions, fine dining experience with the cuisine a Michelin Star Chef, exquisite luxury shopping, art and lifestyle entertainment across three days. Organized in the most influential economic and cultural capitals of Europe, Asia and now the U.S., the event will welcome close to 30,000 spectators and offers unparalleled networking and social opportunities for worldwide elites, global institutions, luxury brands, celebrities and industry leaders.
Charitable giving is also a very important element of EEM World's Masters. The organization will announce a charity partner to benefit from the LA Masters later this year.
"As an American rider I am very proud that such a high class sports event is finally coming to the US. I have been riding at the European Masters Grand Slam – the Gucci Paris Masters – since I was 16 and I hope that all American riders join me in LA for this spectacular competition," said US rider Reed Kessler.
"I could not be prouder, being from California, to have the spectacular American Grand Slam coming to LA. I am currently in Hong Kong participating in the Asian Grand Slam, for the second time and I am sure that it will again exceed my expectations. Great sport, entertainment and a Prestige Village featuring some of the best brands in the world," US rider Richard Spooner noted.
Additional information regarding ticketing and entertainment acts will be available in the coming months.
Source: Press release
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