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Longines’ Ambassadors Stefanie Graf and Ludger Beerbaum spoke about their heroes and their sports during an interview with FEI journalist Louise Parkes at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in Omaha, Nebraska (USA).
Stefanie, who collected 22 Grand Slam titles during her sensational 18-year career and who has often been described as the greatest female tennis player of all time, presented the trophies to 2017 Dressage champion Isabell Werth from Germany and America’s McLain Ward who achieved a lifetime ambition when clinching the Jumping title after more than 25 years of trying.
Four-time Olympic gold medallist Ludger, who announced his retirement from team showjumping last year but who continues to compete individually, talked about the motivation and passion that drives top sportsmen and women.
“Talent isn’t everything…in a way you have to be a little bit crazy to push yourself so hard!”
For decades Longines has associated its name to the equestrian world and its prestigious events. Its chronographs are designed with the same know-how, precision and excellence found in those who participate in the equestrian disciplines.
The Swiss watch brand offers utmost experience in sports timekeeping, being the Official Timekeeper of countless equestrian events of horseracing, show jumping, eventing, endurance, driving and dressage. Visit Longinestiming.com.
As FEI’s Top Partner, Longines lends its name to the FEI World Jumping ranking:
the Longines Rankings.
The brand is the Official Timekeeper, Watch and presenting partner of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping series. It is also the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of the three FEI World Cup™ Leagues – Western European, North American and Chinese – as well as the final of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping.
Each year at the FEI Awards Gala presented by Longines, the watchmakers help the FEI recognise the heroes of the equestrian world and the stars of tomorrow by presenting the Longines Rising Star Award to a rider aged 14–21 who has shown outstanding sporting talent and commitment. Moreover, Longines will be timing the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2018 and 2022.
Longines has created stable, lasting relations with the equestrian world; something that is consistent with more than a hundred years of common history and also shared values such as Elegance, Tradition and Performance.
The watchmaker presents the Official Watch at each event it is associated to, as well as rewards the winners with one of its elegant timepieces produced in its factory based in Saint-Imier, Switzerland, since 1832. Having outlets in over 150 countries, the brand is a member of The Swatch Group S.A., the world’s leading manufacturer of horological products.