WORLD’S BEST RIDERS RETURN TO THE DUTCH MASTERS FOR FIRST MAJOR OF 2022 ROLEX GRAND SLAM OF SHOW JUMPING
Geneva, Switzerland – The world’s elite horse and rider combinations will gather next week at The Dutch Masters for three days of world-class competition in show jumping and dressage. The indoor event, held in the Brabanthallen in ’s-Hertogenbosch, culminates on Sunday 13 March with the Rolex Grand Prix, the year’s first Major of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, which rewards any rider who wins, consecutively, three of these highest-status events.
Rolex has been associated with equestrianism since 1957 when Pat Smythe, a pioneering British show jumper, became the brand’s first Testimonee. Since then, the Swiss watchmaker has forged bonds with the finest riders, competitions, and institutions. Its support has helped foster continuous improvement and quality in the sport, reflecting Rolex’s own pursuit of perpetual excellence.
Inaugurated more than half a century ago, The Dutch Masters is one of the most revered occasions on the equestrian calendar. Since 2014, Rolex has been Main Sponsor of the event, where respect for tradition is matched by a commitment to constant innovation, making it a perfect partnership.
THE ROLEX GRAND SLAM OF SHOW JUMPING
Rolex Testimonee and World No. 2 Martin Fuchs had an exceptional 2021 season, which concluded with victory in the Rolex Grand Prix at the Concours Hippique International de Genève (CHIG). The Swiss rider heads to The Dutch Masters as the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping live contender. Fuchs said:
“I am really looking forward to returning to The Dutch Masters. The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is the most esteemed title in our sport and I am hoping to emulate my success at CHI Geneva to maintain my winning momentum.”
THE ROLEX FAMILY OF TESTIMONEES
Fuchs will be joined in the Netherlands by a strong contingent of fellow Testimonees. These riders will aim to showcase the harmony they have developed with their horse in their quest to win this coveted Major.
Rolex’s youngest Testimonee, Harry Charles of Great Britain, had a remarkable 2021, competing in his first Olympic Games at the age of 22, and has risen to the top of the Under-25 World Rankings. He will look to follow in the footsteps of compatriot Scott Brash, the only rider to have won the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, completing the feat in 2015.
Rolex’s newest Testimonee Daniel Duesser, a two-time winner of the Rolex Grand Prix at The Dutch Masters, and victorious at the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen last year, heads to the Brabanthallen fully aware of the precision, skill and trust between horse and rider that is required at this level. Victory in ’s Hertogenbosch would enable the German World No. 3 to collect a Rolex Grand Slam bonus for winning two of the four Majors within a year. Switzerland’s Steve Guerdat is another with a chance to claim a bonus following his victory in The CP ‘International’, presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows in September.
Frenchman Kevin Staut, twice a Rolex Grand Prix winner at The Dutch Masters, and Great Britain’s Brash, will be drawing on their extensive experience as they join their fellow Testimonees in the quest to make the perfect start to their challenge for the ultimate equestrian prize, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.
Rolex Equestrian Press Release – The Dutch Masters 2022
Copyright free high resolution photo – ROLEX TESTIMONEE MARTIN FUCHS RIDING THE SINNER AT THE DUTCH MASTERS 2021