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IFHA & Longines Award of Merit; Ireland; 2018
IFHA & Longines Award of Merit

As the Official Partner and Official Watch of the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA), the Swiss watchmaker Longines was proud to present the 2018 Longines and IFHA International Award of Merit to the Magnier family and Aidan O’Brien. Previous recipients of this honour include Jim Bolger, leading Irish trainer, owner and breeder; France’s Alec Head, past champion trainer and patriarch of prominent stud farm Haras du Quesnay; Seth Hancock of historic Claiborne Farm in America; the late Marcel Zarour Atanacio, former chairman of the South American Organization for the Promotion of Thoroughbreds (OSAF); the Romanet Family, long renowned leaders in both the French and international world of horseracing; and Yutaka Take, legendary Japanese jockey.


The International Award of Merit was created by Longines and the IFHA in order to honour public figures for their outstanding contribution to the world of horse racing. As Official Partner and Official Watch of the IFHA, Longines additionally awards several other prizes in recognition of excellence in this discipline in collaboration with the IFHA. The winners are honoured throughout the year in ceremonies attended by representatives from across the entire profession.


At the Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit ceremony, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing, stated: “Today, we rewarded the lifetime dedication to horseracing of an illustrious family and a trainer, the Magnier Family and Aidan O’Brien. Our brand, and myself personally, have had the pleasure to witness a great number of their exceptional performances and to reward them very often with Longines timepieces. It is an honour to host this ceremony in a country where horse is king and where the horseracing industry has such an important impact on its economy, culture and history.”


Louis Romanet, IFHA Chairman, commented: “The Magnier family and trainer Aidan O’Brien have built a stunningly powerful partnership on a truly global scale. The success of the Coolmore and Ballydoyle team is so ubiquitous in both Ireland and abroad that it would be impossible to list all of their accomplishments here today. It has been a privilege to have both the Magnier and O’Brien families here as we celebrate their contributions to horse racing.”


About the Magnier Family and Aidan O’Brien, laureates of the 2018 Longines & IFHA International Award of Merit

Coolmore is a name synonymous with global success at the highest level, both as a breeding and racing entity. The world-renowned operation came together when John Magnier joined forces with Ballydoyle trainer Vincent O’Brien and business magnate Robert Sangster in the 1970s. The partnership’s first major winner was The Minstrel in the 1977 Epsom Derby, and its first major homebred was Sadler’s Wells. A top-class racehorse, upon his retirement Sadler’s Wells rewrote the stud books by becoming the 14-time leading sire in Great Britain and Ireland.

Magnier is married to Vincent O’Brien’s daughter Susan, and they have five children—Tom, Kate, JP, MV and Sammy Jo. He acquired both Ballydoyle and Coolmore after O’Brien’s retirement and Sangster’s death.%break%Aidan O’Brien (no relation to Vincent) became the trainer at Ballydoyle in 1996. O’Brien took out his trainer’s license in 1993 and got his start with National Hunt horses, most notably the legendary Istabraq, a son of Sadler’s Wells.

Another son of Sadler’s Wells, Coolmore’s Galileo, would give O’Brien his first of six Epsom Derby winners and go on to become one of the premier stallions in history. In 2016, European Horse of the Year Minding, a daughter of Galileo, gave O'Brien his 250th Group/Grade 1 winner on the Flat when taking the Qipco 1,000 Guineas at Newmarket. In 2017, Highland Reel, a son of Galileo, gave O’Brien his 300th Group/Grade 1 winner (Flat and National Hunt combined) by winning the Prince of Wales's Stakes at Royal Ascot, which was timed by Longines.

In 2017, with 28 Group/Grade 1 victories, O’Brien broke the world record for Group/Grade 1 wins in a calendar year by a trainer, besting Bobby Frankel's mark of 25 set in 2003.  He has been crowned champion Irish Flat trainer in terms of prize-money won every season since 1999 and has won Group/Grade 1 races across the globe, including in Australia, Canada, France, Great Britain, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and the United States. The majority of O’Brien’s big-race winners have carried the colours of the Coolmore partners to victory.

About Longines

Longines has been based at Saint-Imier in Switzerland since 1832. Its watchmaking expertise reflects a strong devotion to tradition, elegance and performance. Longines has built solid and lasting ties with the world of sport over the years, with a wealth of experience as timekeeper for sports championships around the globe and a partner of numerous international sports federations. Renowned for the elegance of its timepieces, Longines is a member of Swatch Group Ltd., the world's leading watch manufacturer. Known by its winged hourglass logo, the brand is today present in over 150 different countries.

About the IFHA

The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA) is the world peak body for the international sport of Thoroughbred racing. Its 60 members are the national racing authorities across the globe which stage Thoroughbred races.

Major areas of the IFHA’s activities include:

  • Making and amending the International Agreement on Breeding, Racing and Wagering (the IABRW).
  • Policy development relating to welfare and safety of horses and riders
  • International Race Planning and Grading (“black type”)
  • World Rankings
  • Equine Prohibited Substances and Practices
  • Harmonization of Race Day Rules
  • Fostering commercial development of the racing industry globally

The IFHA is a foundation member with Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) of the International Horse Sports Confederation and is affiliated to the World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE).

Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin; Germany; 2018
Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin

The Swiss watch brand Longines was proud to time the outstanding victory of Best Solution led by Pat Cosgrave at the 128th edition of the Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin, of which the brand is the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper. Saeed bin Suroor, trainer, Pat Cosgrave, jockey and a representative of the owner Godolphin were presented by elegant timepieces from the hands of Longines’ President Walter von Känel and Longines Germany’s Brand Manager Rainer Eckert.

All races run today on the Hoppegarten racecourse were timed by the Swiss watch brand using its Longines Positioning System, which provides instant data on the exact position of horses during a race, their ranking, the distance between horses and their speed. Hoppergarten is the first racecourse in Europe to use such game-changing technology.

On Friday August 10th, the brand took part in the welcome reception for the event held at the Swiss Embassy in Berlin, and during which Walter von Känel was invited to deliver a speech on behalf of the brand.

The Official Watch of the 2018 Longines Grosser Preis von Berlin

Longines was proud to highlight a model from the Record collection, as the Official Watch of this much-anticipated race day. Combining classic elegance and excellence, this timepiece houses a movement including a single-crystal silicon balance spring with unique properties. In addition, all pieces in this line are chronometer-certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup; Hungary; Division 2 Qualifier
Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Hungary 2018

On 12 August 2018, the Austrian team was convincing winner of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Hungary in Budapest. The team, composed of Christian Rhomberg on Saphyr des Lac, Julia Houtzager-Kayser on Sterrehof’s Cayetano Z, Felix Koller on Captain Future 3 and Max Kühner on PSG Final, was followed by Team Hungary and Team Norway. Title Partner Longines was also proud to be associated with another highlight of the event, the Longines Grand Prix, which took place on Friday 10 August. Max Kühner (AUT) on Cielito Lindo 2 earned first place ahead of Emanuele Gaudiano (ITA) and Szabolcs Krucso (HUN).

The Swiss watchmaking brand Longines was delighted to reward the winners of both competitions with elegant Longines timepieces. In addition, the spectators had the opportunity to discover the Official Watch of the event, the Conquest V.H.P. “Very High Precision” model, which represents a new achievement in the field of quartz and combining great precision, high technicality and a sporty look, marked by the brand’s unique elegance.

Longines Global Champions Tour;Valkenswaard;2018; Jumping; Frank Schuttert
Longines Global Champions Tour - Valkenswaard

The fourteenth leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour gathered this weekend some of the world’s best riders and horses. As the Title Partner and Official Timekeeper of the Tour, Longines is proud to have timed the victory of Frank Schuttert on Chianti’s Champions, ahead of Marcus Ehning (GER) on Cornado NRW and Christian Ahlmann (GER) on Tokyo, during the weekend’s highlight trial, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Valkenswaard. In recognition for his great achievement, Longines was delighted to grant the winner Frank Schuttert an elegant timepiece.

The Dutch leg of the 2018 series was the perfect opportunity for Longines to highlight a model from 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. Moreover, the automatic timepieces of this line house a chronometer movement with unique properties, certified by the Swiss Official Chronometer Testing Institute (COSC).

This victory in Valkenswaard handed Frank Schuttert the fourteenth golden ticket to the Longines Global Champions Super Tour Grand Prix, where he will lineup against the winners of the previous legs. For the very first time, the final event will be staged in the magical Czech capital Prague, promising unforgettable excitement for all equestrian sports enthusiasts in attendance.

Longines FEI Nations Cup - Division 1 - Dublin Horse Show; Dublin; Jumping; 2018
Longines FEI Nations Cup - Division 1 - Dublin Horse Show

On Friday 10 August 2018, Team Mexico composed of Eugenio Garza Perez on Victer Finn DH Z, Federico Fernandez on Landpeter do Feroleto, Patricio Pasquel on Babel and Enrique Gonzalez on Chacna, jumped to victory at the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Ireland in Dublin. Team France took second place ahead of Team Italy. As the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series, the Swiss watchmaking brand was pleased to present another highlight of the Dublin Horse Show, the Longines Grand Prix, which took place on Sunday 12 August. Dutch rider Kevin Jochems and his mount Captain Cooper earned first place followed by Alexis Deroubaix on Timon d’Aure and Lorenzo de Luca on Irenice Horta. Longines was proud to grant the winners of those two competitions with elegant timepieces as a reward for their great win.

Besides, the spectators present at this world-class show jumping event had the opportunity to discover the Official Watch, a model belonging to the Record collection, combining classic elegance and excellence and aspiring to become the spearheads of the brand.

Jumping; Netherlands; Longines Global Champions Tour; 2018

本週末,浪琴表世界冠軍巡迴賽(Longines Global Champions Tour第13站賽事,吸引了全球精英騎手與馬匹參賽。浪琴表是此系列賽事的冠名伙伴兼官方計時,對於能為本週末的焦點賽事浪琴表世界冠軍巡迴賽倫敦大獎賽(Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of London計時,深感榮幸。賽事結果由策騎「Hello Mr President」的Scott Brash力壓群雄稱冠,亞軍為策騎「Hansson WL」的Peder Fredricson,季軍為策騎「Casello」的Ludger Beerbaum。為了表揚冠軍騎手的傑出表現,浪琴表向他頒發一枚典雅腕表。