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Long Beach, Calif.—Oct. 1

There were eight countries in the jump-off of the $96,000 Emirates Gold Cup, but one nation dominated the results: France. French riders claimed the top three spots in the class, and took fifth to boot.

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Long Beach, Calif.—Sept. 30 

Kent Farrington left the Rolex Central Park Horse Show disappointed. He and Creedance missed out on a big win when that horse pulled a rail in the jump-off of the $216,000 Rolex U.S. Open Grand Prix.

“I haven’t been happy with the control,” said Farrington. “He’s a small horse so he has to be fighting in the ring. It’s a fine balance between too much control and him running away with me.”

On Sunday, Sept. 25, 43 of the world's best horses touched down at Los Angeles International Airport to compete in the Sept. 29-Oct. 2 Longines Masters of Los Angeles. 

This is the third year of the L.A. Masters and it involves a change in venue. After two years in the heart of downtown Los Angeles at the Los Angeles Convention Center, the show is moving 20 miles south to Long Beach, Calif., and the Long Beach Convention Center.

Los Angeles—Oct. 4

Marco Kutscher joked that all this week no one even knew he was in Los Angeles at the Longines LA Masters. But it was hard to miss him today when he and Van Gogh topped $450,000 Longines Grand Prix.

Last to go in the seven-horse jump-off, Kutscher and Van Gogh outran world No. 1 Scott Brash on Hello M’Lady and Kent Farrington on Voyeur to take the top check.

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Los Angeles—Oct. 3

The costume class at the Longines LA Masters isn’t just a fun and games affair. It’s Hollywood, after all, so there are make-up artists and professional costuming, and it’s all for a good cause. 

Los Angeles—Oct. 2 

It’s only been a month since Bertram Allen broke his collarbone in a fall at the Treffen CSI***** (Austria), but he hasn't let that slow him down.

The Irish phenom topped the $130,000 Longines Speed Challenge at today’s Longines Los Angeles Masters in a blazing round aboard Quiet Easy 4 against a start list chock full of serious competitors. He stopped the clock ahead of world No. 1 Scott Brash and Hello Annie, with Italy’s Piergiorgio Bucci and Cuarta coming third.

Los Angeles—Oct. 1  

Quentin Judge started his week at the Longines LA Masters out right, winning the first CSI***** class of the competition. He tacked up HH Fyloe to top the Hollywood Reporter Cup against 33 top competitors.

“It’s not the biggest class of the week—it’s a training class for most horses,” said Judge. “But this is right in his zone and I let him go and we got a good result the first day.”

The Longines Masters of Los Angeles begins on Thursday, and while many of the famous horses jetted into the city earlier in the week, one mare—with arguably the most Hollywood cred—will make the drive down the 101 freeway. The 9-year-old mare is Bionetty (Emilion—Amethist), and she’s slated to appear with actress Kaley Cuoco in the Pro-Am Charity Class on Saturday.

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