Longines Rising Star Award
On Sunday 14 December 2014, Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice-President and Head of International Marketing of Longines, presented for the second consecutive year the Longines Rising Star Award together with an elegant Longines watch to a young rising star in the equestrian sports. This year, the winner is the Mauritian vaulter Lambert Leclezio who demonstrated his remarkable performance and elegance on horseback. He also received an elegant Longines watch of the Conquest Classic collection. This stainless steel and pink gold watch features an exclusive Longines self-winding mechanical column wheel chronograph movement, a traditional and authentic technical device.
Lambert Leclezio is the first ever vaulter to win a FEI Award. At just 17 years old, he becomes the first athlete to represent his country at Championship level, having taken the difficult decision to leave his friends and family in order to train in Europe. Thanks to his admirable courage and determination, he grabs sixth place in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.
The FEI Awards were set up in 2009 and are presented each year to individuals and organizations notably contributing to progress and excellence in equestrian sports – both indoor and outdoor. The Longines Rising Star Award is more specifically intended for riders between the ages of 14 and 21 who have shown exceptional talent in their field as well as commitment. More generally, Longines attaches great importance to supporting young sportsmen and women. The Swiss watch brand sponsors them through a program linked with sport and the values that it upholds, such as the Longines Rising Ski Stars prize offered to the two best young athletes taking part in the FIS Alpine Ski World Cup under 21 years old by the women and 23 by the men, the Longines Future Ski Champions competition, which invites 14 athletes under 16 years from 14 different countries, the Longines Future Tennis Aces tournament organized for children under 13 years in parallel to the Roland-Garros tournament and the Longines Future Racing Stars open to young jockeys during the Prix de Diane Longines.
As a reminder, Longines is the first Top Partner of the FEI and the Title Partner for the Longines FEI Show-Jumping World Cup (Western European League and for the final). As such, the Swiss watch brand is the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch for the FEI, as well as the FEI Furusiyya Nations Cup. On the basis of its involvement and the values shared with the FEI – Elegance, Performance and Tradition –, Longines intends to establish the legitimacy of being recognized as the indissociable watch brand of the equestrian world.