The prestigious Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is back at CHI Geneva from December 6–10, promising five days of thrilling equestrian sport and entertainment. The renowned Palexpo Arena will play host to elite horse and rider combinations, navigating challenging courses in what is considered the pinnacle of indoor Show Jumping events.
This year's edition boasts a remarkable assembly of riders, including 16 of the top 20 and nine esteemed Rolex Testimonees. The action-packed schedule includes the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final on Friday and the much-anticipated Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday, where riders will vie for the coveted title.
Martin Fuchs: A Local Hero
Swiss rider Martin Fuchs, the current live contender for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, enters CHI Geneva with high spirits. His recent victory at the CPKC 'International' Grand Prix at CSIO Spruce Meadows 'Masters' positioned him as a force to be reckoned with. Fuchs, the first rider to win consecutive Rolex Grand Prix editions at CHI Geneva (2021 and 2019), aims to secure another triumph with his loyal partner, Leone Jei.
Swiss Duo Dominance
Joining the fray is Fuchs' compatriot, Steve Guerdat, a favorite for the historic prize. Guerdat, known for his horsemanship, clinched a FEI European Championship individual gold this summer. With three Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Majors under his belt, including two in the Palexpo, Guerdat is a formidable contender. The Swiss team also includes rising star Edouard Schmitz, eager for his first Major win.
Global Competitors: Farrington, Springsteen, and Maher
Previous Rolex Grand Prix winner Kent Farrington, a Rolex Testimonee, is a seasoned competitor with a new prospect, Landon, showcasing promise. Fellow American and Rolex Testimonee Jessica Springsteen, fresh from notable victories, adds to the international flavor. World No. 2 Ben Maher, seeking his first Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Major win, brings his stellar track record, including Olympic gold at Tokyo 2020.
British riders Scott Brash, the only Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping conqueror, and Harry Charles, a rising star, add British brilliance to the competition. Charles, World No. 1 Under-25 rider, enters Geneva after a successful autumn campaign.
World Champions in the Mix
Current FEI World Champion Henrik von Eckermann aims to extend his 15-month reign as World No.1. The Swedish rider, last year's Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final winner, eyes another prestigious victory.
French Finesse and German Mastery
France presents contenders like Julien Epaillard, showcasing remarkable form with over 75 international wins in 2022 and continued success in 2023. Former World No.1 Simon Delestre and other French riders promise fierce competition. Germany fields a formidable team, including three-time Major winner Daniel Deusser, European Championships bronze medalist Phillip Weishaupt, and CHIO Aachen Rolex Grand Prix champion Marcus Ehning.
The Irish contingent, led by Bertram Allen, brings a strong challenge to CHI Geneva after impressive performances at CSIO Spruce Meadows 'Masters.'
With such a star-studded line-up, CHI Geneva 2023 promises to be a spectacle of top-tier equestrian talent, showcasing the best in the world of Show Jumping. Don't miss the action from December 6–10!
Source: RGS alternated by Equnews