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Rolex and equestrianism – Partners for more than 60 years

ROLEX AND EQUESTRIANISM

World of Rolex

The crown in equestrianism for over 60 years, Rolex is a major force at play, supporting the pinnacle of the sport. From top-level riders to iconic events, Rolex has cultivated a privileged relationship with this elite world.

Rolex grand slam of show jumping

Rolex and equestrianism

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is a global initiative originally created in 2013 by three equestrian Majors: the CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows 'Masters' Tournament and the CHI Geneva. In 2018, The Dutch Masters became the fourth Major of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, providing the world's best riders with an additional opportunity to win the most coveted prize in the sport. Widely regarded as the ultimate show jumping challenge, the Rolex Grand Slam rewards the rider who wins the Grand Prix at three of these shows in succession.

ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW

Rolex and equestrianism

The Royal Windsor Horse Show has been held annually since 1943. For five days in May or June, an elite array of equestrian talent gathers in the grounds of Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom, for a majestic international competition in dressage, show jumping, carriage driving and endurance riding. Rolex’s first year as Official Partner, in 2016, was especially significant, as the show included 90th birthday celebrations for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

STEVE GUERDAT

Rolex and equestrianism

Steve Guerdat sat on the back of a horse before he learned to walk. Today he is one of the finest equestrian show jumpers in the world, his dedication to the sport and passion for horses having placed him at the top of his profession for more than a decade. Among his many honours, the Swiss champion has won the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final title twice, both the Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva and the FEI World Cup™ Final three times, and an individual gold medal at the 2012 Olympic Games.

Martin Fuchs

Rolex and equestrianism

Swiss rider Martin Fuchs comes from the finest show jumping pedigree: his parents competed at international level while his uncle Markus was a silver medallist at the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games. After starting to ride at age five, it was not long before young Martin was making his mark in junior ranks. He came to prominence on the world stage in 2010, winning team gold at the inaugural Summer Youth Olympics in Singapore. Since then, he has steadily progressed to the elite ranks. Some of his career highlights to date include multiple 5* Grand Prix wins, along with individual silver medals at both the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ and 2019 FEI World Cup™ Final, and a gold medal at the 2019 FEI European Championships. On each occasion he was riding Clooney 51, the same horse he rode at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, where they finished ninth in the individual and sixth in the team event.

SCOTT BRASH

Rolex and equestrianism

Scottish show jumper Scott Brash has made history by becoming the first rider to win the three consecutive Majors of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping at CHI Geneva in December 2014, the 2015 CHIO Aachen in Germany, and the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ in Calgary in September 2015. Since he started competing with Hello Sanctos, he won Team Gold at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, Team Gold and Individual Bronze at the European Show Jumping Championships in 2013 and the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in 2014 in Geneva.

KENT FARRINGTON

Rolex and equestrianism

Kent Farrington is nothing if not resilient. In May 2018 he returned to the saddle at the Royal Windsor Horse Show just 12 weeks after breaking both bones in his lower right leg when competing at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, USA. It is that fortitude which has taken the Chicago native to show jumping’s highest echelons, including the World No. 1 ranking. In 2015, he became the first American to win the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Geneva and he followed that up by claiming team silver at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games. Over the course of a decorated career, he has amassed numerous Grand Prix victories, including two Majors: the Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva in 2017 and at CHIO Aachen in 2019.

KEVIN STAUT

KEVIN STAUT

Rolex and equestrianism

French equestrian, Kevin Staut, won team silver medals at the 2010 and 2014 World Equestrian Games™ in the United States and France. Considered one of most gifted riders, he played a key role in France’s victory in the Nations Cup in 2009 and 2010, followed by a victory that same year in an equestrian Major, the Rolex Grand Prix at the CHI Geneva. In 2016, he was part of the French Team who took gold at the Olympic Games in Rio. In 2017, Staut finished the year by winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final in Geneva.

MEREDITH
MICHAELS-BEERBAUM

Rolex and equestrianism

Rolex presents : Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum

ERIC LAMAZE

Rolex and equestrianism

Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze is one of the most successful riders of his generation. He has won some of the world’s most prestigious international show jumping competitions, numerous World Cup™ qualifiers and three of the equestrian majors: the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen (2010), the CN International Grand Prix at CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ (2007, 2011), and the Rolex Grand Prix at the CHI Geneva (2008). His Individual gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing and bronze medal at the 2016 Olympics in Rio proves that passion, skill and determination are a winning combination. Lamaze finished a successful year in 2016 by winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final at CHI Geneva in December.

Rodrigo Pessoa

Rolex and equestrianism

Success came early to show-jumping champion Rodrigo Pessoa, who led the Brazilian team to a bronze medal at both the Atlanta and the Sydney Olympics (1996 and 2000 respectively) and was crowned 2004 individual Olympic Champion in Athens on his horse Baloubet du Rouet. World Champion in 1998, he has also won the World Cup™ Final three times, in addition to many Grands Prix trophies the world over, including several equestrian Majors such as the Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Geneva and at CHIO Aachen. He also won the Rolex IJRC Top 10 final in 2003 and 2005.

ISABELL WERTH

Rolex and equestrianism

Isabell Werth is the world’s most successful dressage rider and has represented Germany at five Olympic Games, winning team and individual medals at each – six of them gold. She was individual and team world champion at the World Equestrian Games™ in 1994, 1998, 2006 and 2018, and also won team gold in 2014. Her unrivalled career includes numerous trophies at the European and German Championships, as well as victories at the 1992, 2007 and 2017 World Cup™ Dressage Final. Year after year, Isabell Werth has produced the superior performance that defines the greatest athletes of any era.

Rolex’s partnership with equestrianism

The Crown has been in Equestrianism for over 60 years, Rolex is a major force at play, supporting the pinnacle of the sport.

ZARA TINDALL

Rolex and equestrianism

Zara Tindall, the daughter of the United Kingdom’s Princess Anne and top-level rider Captain Mark Phillips, is carrying forward the family’s excellence in riding. After a brilliant career in the Young Riders, she collected individual and team gold medals at the 2005 European Eventing Championship in Blenheim and individual gold and team silver medals at the 2006 World Equestrian Games™ in Aachen. In 2012, her long‑awaited dream of competing at the Olympic Games was finally realised at the London Olympics: riding High Kingdom, Zara took home the team silver medal, yet another extraordinary achievement.

ROLEX IJRC TOP 10 FINAL

Rolex and equestrianism

The International Jumping Riders Club unveiled the concept of a Top 10 Final in 2001 to recognise the achievements of the finest riders in Show Jumping. A highlight of the equestrian calendar and sponsored by Rolex since the beginning, the resulting Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final brings together the 10 best riders in the world for an exciting competition at the highest level of the sport. A formidable display of equestrian excellence at its best.

Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final
Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing

ROLEX GRAND SLAM
OF EVENTING

Rolex and equestrianism

Kentucky, Badminton and Burghley. Winning just one of these legendary eventing competitions represents the pinnacle of achievement; winning all three consecutively represents perfection. Rolex created the Grand Slam of Eventing to inspire the world's finest riders and horses to new heights. Since its inception, only two riders have risen to the challenge and achieved this exceptional feat in 2003 and in 2016.

Equestrian elegance and Rolex
Indoor Brabant 's-Hertogenbosch

Rolex Central Park Horse Show

Rolex and equestrianism

The 5 day Rolex Central Park Horse Show kicks off in September with the Central Park Grand Prix, presented by Rolex. Held at Wollman Rink, with New York’s impressive skyline for a backdrop, this unique equestrian show is a highlight on the social and equestrian calendar. The biggest names in the sport take part in this prestigious event, which has quickly become renowned thanks to its unparalleled setting at the heart of one of the world’s most vibrant cities.

WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL

Rolex and equestrianism

Equestrian lifestyle perfected. Few words more accurately describe the Winter Equestrian Festival, one of the leading US competitions. Located in Wellington, Florida, the show attracts riders from more than 33 countries and 50 US states, ranging from amateurs to the top-ranking professionals in the sport.

Approximately 5,500 horses, 2,800 riders and 800 trainers take part in the full 12-week event, joined by 250,000 spectators and visitors – impressive figures for a crowning occasion.

FTI Winter Equestrian Festival