“The connection between a rider and a horse is basically a love story. It is not something that happens overnight. It’s hours of work between you and your horse to try to understand what it knows or what it doesn’t. It’s through confidence that this harmony is created over time.
It’s always been clear in my mind that I want to be around horses, I think I even sat on a horse before I could walk. Sitting on the back of a horse to me is happiness – because I feel free. It’s just me and my horse. And that’s basically the feeling I’m looking for, it’s the feeling I appreciate most in my life. Being a show jumper is more a way of life than just a sport. You really need to be addicted to it because you basically have to give your life to the horses. It is a beautiful school of life: what horses can teach me makes me a better person. The success comes after.
I was 16 the first time I rode at the CHI Geneva. I love the show, I love the people there. They give it back a thousand times to me, it is the nicest week in the year. I always try to perform at my best there year after year. I like to ride in Switzerland as the crowd is the heart of the show, and when you enter an arena and you feel the people cheering for you… they give me wings.
My Rolex Daytona reminds me of all of this, as I wore it when I first won the CHI Geneva in 2013, which is a very special event to me – a day I will never forget. It’s probably the piece I’ve spent the most time with, I have it day and night, whatever I do, this watch is with me.
Since then my watch has seen a lot of good moments – but I’m also very happy that it cannot talk because there are other moments that have to stay between us.
If I look at the watch today, I see something that became a part of me.”