I got into the VIP lounge at an exclusive equestrian event on an island just off of Manhattan, where the daughters of Michael Bloomberg and Bruce Springsteen were competing. Here's what it was like.
Caralynn Lippo/Business InsiderI recently attended the Longines Global Champions Tour as a VIP guest of Longines. The horse-jumping event was rumored to be attended by the likes of Michael Bloomberg and Bruce Springsteen, both of whom have professional equestrian daughters who were competing in the event. I spent five hours at the event, which more or less entailed sampling the extensive food offerings, watching horses trotting and jumping in the ring, and — oh yes, of course: interviewing tennis legend Andre Agassi. Here's what it was like to attend as a VIP. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
Recently, I was invited to attend the finale of the 2019 Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT).
The event, which took place on Governors Island on September 28, was the equestrian event's debut in New York. The LGCT is a globe-spanning competition, gathering the most accomplished riders and horses from around the world. This year, they competed at 19 events in cities around the world before finally ending the competition in New York City.
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The likes of Michael Bloomberg and Bruce Springsteen were also rumored to be at the event — though I didn't see them myself, other reporters in attendance told me they'd seen the two. Bloomberg and Springsteen each have a daughter who is a professional equestrian. Georgina Bloomberg and Jessica Springsteen both competed, as did the former's team, New York Empire.
Here's a look at what the VIP experience was like at this equestrian event.The Longines Global Champions Tour was held on Governor's Island, a 172-acre island just about half a mile south of Manhattan. Shutterstock/Roman Babakin
Luxury watch brand Longines served as the event's title partner and official timekeeper. The company invited me to attend the event as their guest, with a seat at their table in the VIP tent.
I attended the event on behalf of Ana Martins Communications, the PR firm that represents Longines.
First, I needed to get to the ferry terminal to travel to Governors Island. I had two options: leaving from Battery Maritime Building, located at 10 South Street in Lower Manhattan, or from Pier 6 in Brooklyn Bridge Park. I live in Brooklyn, so I opted for the latter. Jeffrey Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty Images
Because I was running a bit behind and in a rush, I decided to hop in an Uber to get to the ferry terminal faster. In retrospect, the R train easily would have gotten me there in roughly the same amount of time.
I made it to the ferry terminal just as it began loading passengers. People were already lined up, but I got a spot on the top deck. Caralynn Lippo/Business Insider
The ferry ride is about 8 minutes long. People were standing up to snap photos of the skyline as the boat cruised onwards. There was apparently a special, separate VIP ferry service to the island, but I didn't see it, and given that I was running late, I didn't want to risk missing the "regular" ferry.
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