Made of equestrian passion and emotion

It is often said that life is the sum of our encounters.

In February 2016, I attended the Longines Masters in Hong Kong, where I had the good fortune to share a few words with Mister Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing.

Out of this encounter grew a marvelous adventure, culminating today in the release of this new plateform. Since its creation two years ago, the printed version of H has invited its readers on a voyage to a land of dreams, through exceptional photographs that offer a new take on a universe in rapid expansion.

H tells stories about people and horses. Its main ingredient is passion: a frame of mind that stirs the emotions and pushes all creatures to go even further in their quest to master a skill, stretch the limits of a discipline, or simply conjure up new dreams.

H offers encounters between the women and men who are shaping this world today. We take you behind the scenes of the most celebrated show jumping competitions and flat races from around the globe. We also set foot inside the workshops of the world’s greatest artisans.

H dives into the heart of a universe that is gaining more and more attention from major luxury houses, as they race to partner with the equestrian world and showcase the equine as a true symbol of a finer kind of life. As I continue to meet those who have a direct or indirect connection to equestrianism, I keep rediscovering just how important this world is for so many leading tastemakers. And I am convinced that the sport will only generate more interest and excitement in the years ahead.

I have my own fond memories tied to the world of the equine. I remember my first ride into the forest like it was yesterday, though I was no more than 9 years old. It was in the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, and it was December. We trotted single-file across a layer of snow three feet deep. Swaddled in the silence of Mother Nature, we heard nothing but the muffled sound of hooves against the snow and the light rustling of tree branches. It was a magical moment, and one that I will never forget. With the passing time, I have attempted to recapture these crucial moments in my life through my work as a photographer. Later I began laying these snapshots on paper, with the launch of ROADBOOK MAGAZINE, created in 2004 and dedicated to the world of gentlemen drivers.

Now I am circling back to my interest in horses with H. This publication would not have seen the light of day without the gracious support of my partners and those who have encouraged me along the way. I am thinking of Christophe Ameeuw in particular. My deepest thanks to all of them. I wish you all many enchanting escapes as you peruse the pages of H.

Patrick Bika, Founder of H

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