The 2018 Longines FEI European Championships CH / J / YR, organized by GRANDPRIX Group and supported for the first time by the Swiss watchmaking brand Longines, was held from 8 to 15 July in Fontainebleau. During these eight exciting and eventful days of competition, which gathered more than 620 riders and horses representing over 30 nations, Longines had the pleasure to present elegant timepieces to the medalists in the disciplines of show jumping, dressage and eventing.
In the Jumping Individual Final for Juniors, which rounded off today, Jason Foley (IRL) on Castlefield Vegas emerged winner, while Harry Charles (GBR) and Vivaldi du Dom took the win in the Young Riders category. The Jumping Individual Final for Children was won by Rhys Williams (IRL) riding CES Cruson on Saturday. In the Team competitions, Germany claimed the title in the Children category, Team Belgium in the Juniors category and British Team for the Young Riders.
The discipline of dressage offered great moments of elegance and performance with all individual gold medals going to Netherlands’ talented young athletes: Sanne Buijs on Happy Feet, Daphne van Peperstraten on Greenpoint’s Cupido and Esmee Donkers on Chaina in the Children, Juniors and Young Riders competitions respectively. In the team competitions, the Netherlands claimed victory in the Children as well as in the Juniors categories while German representatives captured victory in the Young Riders category. Finally, the dressage freestyle competition for Juniors was claimed by Daphne Van Peperstraten (NED) on Greenpoint’s Cupido, while Esmee Donkers (NED) on Chaina reigned supreme in the Young Riders category.
Finally, in eventing, Juniors and Young Riders took part in four days of competition including the dressage, cross country and jumping trials. In Individuals, French riders Anouck Canteloup and Victor Levecque took the win in the Juniors and Young Riders categories respectively. Team France also set themselves apart in the team Juniors and Young Riders categories respectively by winning gold medals on their home soil. All winners were rewarded with Longines timepieces in recognition of their outstanding sports achievements in a discipline being the ultimate expression of elegance.
During the Longines FEI European Championships CH / J / YR, Longines was proud to highlight a model belonging to the Record collection as the Official Watch of the event. This line combines classic elegance and excellence, aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand. All Record collection’s watches house a movement including a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties and are certified as “chronometers” by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).