Almost 300 horse and rider combinations are expected to take part in the 9th edition of the Longines Equestrian Beijing Masters.
International top riders will also be competing at the legendary “Bird’s Nest”, the Olympic Stadium of Beijing. From October 11-14th, China’s best riders will be taking on among others the current number two in the Longines ranking, Martin Fuchs from Switzerland. It is the European Champion’s debut appearance at the Bird’s Nest. Jos Verlooy from Belgium (Longines Ranking No. 16) is also competing in Beijing for the first time. Henrik von Eckermann (No. 12) from Sweden, on the other hand has already notched up plenty of experience at the Bird’s Nest. The show-jumper from Sweden will namely be returning to China as last year’s winner.
The other international starts, who are participating, Ludger Beerbaum (Germany, rank 46), Gregory Whatelet (Belgium, 24), Penelope Leprevost (France, 36), Malin Baryard-Johnson (Sweden, 58) and Jane Richard Philips (Switzerland, 330) have also already competed in Beijing. We have talked to Germany’s Daniel Deusser who really likes the special atmosphere. He states that everyone is looking forward to the Longines Beijing Masters with great anticipation.
Question: You made your premiere appearance at the Longines Beijing Equestrian Masters in 2018. How did you like it?
Daniel Deusser: Excellent. It is a very extraordinary show, where I made a lot of new experiences. I didn’t know what to expect at all and was very positively surprised. Everything was top in terms of the sporting level, the hospitality, the organisation. I am very much looking forward to the event in October at this fantastic location.
Question: What makes the location so exceptional?
Deusser: The Olympic stadium, the Bird’s Nest, simply everyone knows it. The stadium not only impresses through its size and extraordinary architecture, the entire area is fantastic. The Olympic Games are still omnipresent there.
Question: The location is not only exquisite, the format is too – nine international riders competing against the best Chinese show-jumpers.
Deusser: And the exciting aspect is: My colleagues and I take part on borrowed horses. Due to the quarantine regulations, we are not allowed to take our own horses to China with us. So, we compete on horses that we don’t know. That makes it really exciting, because the Chinese compete on their own horses of course.
Question: And the hosts have made good progress in terms of their riding skills, haven’t they?
Deusser: I can’t really judge that because I haven’t studied the Chinese equestrian sport intensively enough in the past. But what I do know, is that it was a really tough battle against the Chinese show-jumpers and the same will no doubt be true again this year. They ride pretty good already and I am very much looking forward to taking on this challenge.
Question: The weekend in Beijing is not only exceptional as far as the sporting activities are concerned…
Deusser: That is right. We haven’t got several horses including youngsters with us like at other shows. Which means we have time to experience a little more than just the show-jumping ring, practice arenas, stables and hotel. I already visited some of the sights in Beijing last year and am going to add some new impressions to the list in 2019. What’s more, the atmosphere is very relaxed, whereby one thing is clear: When I compete there, I also intend to win.