The 2015 China Equine Cultural Festival (CECF) lived up to its theme of ‘China Dream. Racing to the World’ when the nation’s leading jockeys, stables and racehorses to compete in front of global industry leaders in Wuhan last weekend.

CHC Chairman, Teo Ah Khing with Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of Qatar Racing

The showpiece event played out in front of Deputy Wuhan Mayor Liu Yingzi; Director of Wuhan Sports Bureau Wang Shenshun; Chairman of Wuhan Equestrian Association and President of Wuhan Business University Li Zuoqing; Orient Lucky Club Group CEO Hu Yue Gao; International Federation of Horseracing Authorities President Louis Romanet; Sheikh Fahad Al Thani of Qatar Racing; Coolmore Australia’s Tom Magnier; Longines Ambassador for Elegance, actor and singer Aaron Kwok; artist and China Horse Club Ambassador Li Xiaoling and an estimated race day audience of almost 10,000.

CECF Gala Event at the iconic Qintai Theatre

The CECF Wuhan Race Day was part of the opening day of the 2015 Wuhan Open Horse Racing Autumn Season and was followed by the CECF Gala Event at the iconic Qintai Theatre. The CECF Wuhan built upon the success of previous events in Hohhot, Yangtze Delta Region (Shanghai, Zhejiang and Kunshan) and Singapore with some new initiatives. For the first time the CECF:

  • was livestreamed to a global audience via the Chinese website;
  • included three satellite events in Beijing, Shanghai and Chongqing with all three being beaming into the Wuhan Jockey Club via livestreaming;
  • saw CHC Lifetime Achievement awards presented to Louis Romanet for ‘Service to the promotion of the international thoroughbred industry’ and to Sir Owen Glenn for ‘Services to Charity’

CHC Lifetime Achievement awards presented to Louis Romanet for ‘Service to the promotion of the international thoroughbred industry’

In addition a cheque of RMB200,000 was presented to the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University (IMAU) by CHC International Advisory Council Member Sir Owen Glenn. The donation will be used by the IMAU to support a teaching curriculum for IMAU students. This will include a program to breed horses that are used to educate IMAU students, cover administrative costs and to assist in the welfare and management of these horses.


Sir Owen Glenn presenting a cheque of RMB200,000 to the Inner Mongolia Agricultural University (IMAU)

“It is rewarding to see how the CECF is growing, how it is able to make a different to people in China and how it is attracting a growing international audience,” said Teo Ah Khing, Chairman of the China Horse Club.

“In the globalized world today, I believe that every Chinese has the dream to go overseas and live out a China Dream. We take this opportunity to share the dream with like-minded friends, so that we can all realize our own dreams. The CHC wants Chinese horse owners, jockeys and the sport of horse racing to shine on the world stage.


“I have to thank our partners and sponsors for their support of events such as this. We hope to continue to build upon this success into 2016 and to contribute further to the industry here in China.”

Longines Cup (2000m)

Longines, the Official Partner, Official Watch and Official Timekeeper of the CHC and the CECF headed a list of notable supporters of the CECF Wuhan that also included race day sponsors Inglis, Arqana, Goffs, Irish Thoroughbred Marketing and New Zealand Bloodstock. Moet Hennessy Group, Dan, Osim, Fields & Selects, Sunny Farm,, Gold Berry, Robb Report, China Daily were among the additional list of sponsors.

“This is the third year we sponsor as the Official Timekeeper and Official Watch of the CECF. As an Official Partner of CECF, Longines is proud to work with the equine festival which promotes interaction of equine cultures of east and west, and to highlight the elegance of the sports,” said Mr Juan Carlos Capelli, Longines Vice President and Head of International Marketing.

“In fact, Longines has long been linked to equestrian activities and horseracing for more than one century. We firmly believe in the presentation of elegance when the jockeys and horses are racing for the top honour. We admire and honour the sense of beauty which lies in the movement.”

Longines Ambassador, Aaron Kwok

Longines not only sponsored the day’s feature race, the RMB500,000 2015 Longines Cup (2000m), its Ambassador for Elegance, Aaron Kwok presented the Longines Miss Elegance Award. The race was won in storming fashion by former Australian based racehorse Endzone who also saluted in the 10th National Traditional Games of Ethnic Minorities in Erdos, Inner Mongolia last month.

Ambassador for Elegance, Aaron Kwok presented the Longines Miss Elegance Award

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