The Watch Gallery’s online editor Emily Seares attended the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead last month (as a guest of Longines) and enjoyed a glamorous afternoon of champagne and show jumping.
Hickstead remains one of the oldest horse shows in the world, and one of the largest and most prestigious outdoor shows in the country, with Longines acting as headline sponsor for a decade.
Longines has been involved in sports (as an official timekeeper) for over 130 years, including almost 90 years in show jumping and I was extremely excited to be invited along to Hickstead as a guest of the brand. During a gorgeous, sunny Sunday afternoon I witnessed elite equestrians (including many Olympic hopefuls) compete side-by-side across a tough course, with the beauty, grace and elegance of champion show jumpers. I was also privileged enough to do a course walk round with rider Tim Stockdale, who talked us through the pitfalls of the course and the strategy behind each of the jumps, ahead of the event.
After a fabulous day of champagne, canapés and afternoon tea, I also got the opportunity to explore the new Longines Saint Imier collection, launched to celebrate the brand’s 180 year anniversary this year and named after the village where the Longines brand was born.
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