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Equestrian culture: tradition and innovation

The Princely House of Liechtenstein’s connections with equestrian culture stretch back to the time of Prince Karl Eusebius I of Liechtenstein. Today, LGT supports top-class tournaments in equestrian sport.

Horses have been a prominent feature throughout the long history of the Princely House of Liechtenstein - more so than in any other noble family. This equestrian interest dates right back to Prince Karl Eusebius I of Liechtenstein (1611-1684), who was heavily involved in horse breeding during his reign and became a great expert in this field.

In keeping with the principles of the Baroque period, the prince wanted to conquer nature and develop a breed of horse that would surpass any other in terms of physique, coloring and character. He took pride in the universal popularity of his horses among the highest echelons of nobility, such as the Austrian imperial court, whenever it came to celebrating particularly important events or presenting an appearance befitting the grandest of statuses. From the 17th to well into the 19th century, horse breeding - along with a penchant for architecture - as one of the characteristic traits associated with the Princely Family. This fascination with horses and equestrian sport still runs in the family today. In this spirit, LGT, as the bank of the Princely House of Liechtenstein, has demonstrated a strong commitment to equestrian sport and promotes sporting endeavor by sponsoring top-class equestrian tournaments such as the Vienna Masters, the Longines CSI Basel, the Mercedes-Benz CSI Zurich and the CSI Ascona.

Equestrian tournaments supported by LGT

Mercedes-Benz CSI in Zurich

The CSI has been taking place in Zurich since 1988. The Mercedes-Benz CSI in Zurich offers over one million Swiss francs in prize money, making it the most highly endowed tournament on the World Cup circuit and the second most lucrative regular indoor show jumping event in the world after the CSI Basel.

Next event: 26 - 28 January 2018

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Longines CSI Ascona

The famous international show jumping tournament Longines-CSI Ascona offers a first-class program of sport and entertainment in a unique setting, with top show jumpers pitting themselves against one another on the site of the former Ascona airport. 

Next event: July 20–23, 2017

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Longines CSI Basel

Every year, in mid-January, the world’s most lucrative indoor Grand Prix event takes place in this city lying on a bend in the River Rhine. Every one of the 6000 seats available in the St. Jakobshalle guarantees a truly superb view of the show jumping course.

Next event: 11 - 14 January 2018

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"Equestrian sport is a blend of centuries-old culture and modern sport. This combination goes perfectly with our corporate values. After all, LGT also places great value on tradition, while at the same time adopting innovative, top-quality approaches to investment."

H.S.H. Prince Philipp von und zu Liechtenstein, Chairman LGT