Toni McIntosh Riding for New Zealand at Longines Los Angeles Masters CSI5*
By Erin Gilmore
New Zealand’s Toni McIntosh is thrilled to be competing in the groundbreaking Longines Los Angeles Masters CSI5*, currently underway at the Los Angeles Convention Center in California. The Longines LA Masters is the first European-style, five star rated show jumping competition to ever take place in the United States.
The Longines Los Angeles Masters completes the “Masters Grand Slam” trio of CSI5* show jumping competitions held around the globe in Paris, Hong Kong, and now Los Angeles. A full roster of top 25-ranked international FEI show jumping riders have gathered in Los Angeles for the week’s 2* and 5* competitions.
McIntosh, who is based just six hours north in Menlo Park, where she operates McIntosh Stables with her husband, Olympic veteran Colin McIntosh. Toni currently has the ride on two promising grand prix horses; the 12-year-old Wurttemberger stallion FBW Coneli, and Lexito, a 9-year-old Holsteiner gelding. Both horses are owned by P2 Capital, LLC.
With several wins and strong finishes at the grand prix level this year, both Coneli and Lexito are ready to step up at the Longines LA Masters.
“I’m super excited to be here, and to be able to compete at a show of this caliber,” McIntosh said. “For us, it was a no brainer to be here. Having a CSI show on the West Coast, up until now there were only one or two offered.”
Competing alongside the likes of world number one ranked rider Scott Brash, McLain Ward, Patrice Deleavu and many others on the Longines FEI World Rankings is an opportunity unique to the LA Masters.
“It lifts the standard of California and the West Coast,” McIntosh added.
McIntosh hopes that riders based in New Zealand will look at the Longines Los Angeles Masters with interest when it returns in 2015. She is proud to give New Zealand a presence as the only rider competing for NZL at the Masters, and will be competing in the CSI2* Prestige Series September 26 – 28. Every round can be watched via livestreaming on mastersgrandslam.com. The weekend culminates on Sunday with the $400,000 Longines Grand Prix.