Windsor, Berkshire, England – May 07, 2019– From 8–12 May, more than 55,000 spectators will enter Windsor Castle’s stunning private grounds – an opportunity available to the public just once a year – to witness five days of spectacular equestrian competition. The CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show will climax on the Sunday when a world-class line-up of horse and rider combinations compete for the coveted Rolex Grand Prix title.
Launched in 1943, the show’s unwavering commitment to tradition and excellence mirrors Rolex’s own values, in its watchmaking and all other activities. Over the years, the partnership between Rolex and Royal Windsor has continued to grow. The support provided by Rolex as Official Partner has cemented the event’s elite status on the international equestrian calendar, with the show jumping element upgraded to five-star status in 2017.
Scott Brash (GBR) & Hello Shelby
Rolex has cultivated an enduring relationship with equestrianism for more than 60 years, supporting the finest riders and competitions in a perpetual process of renewal and constant improvement. The brand’s presence at the pinnacle of the sport is highlighted by its support for equestrianism’s most demanding competition, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, and the most prestigious Grands Prix around the world that require of competitors the highest levels of passion, precision and excellence. The Rolex Grand Prix at Royal Windsor is no exception, with world-renowned course designer Bob Ellis expected to again provide an exacting challenge for all participants.
A GLOBAL PRESENCE FROM ROLEX TESTIMONEES
Triumphant here in 2018, and having just won his third FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final, Steve Guerdat of Switzerland will be returning to the show as the World No. 1. Guerdat, a Rolex Testimonee, said: “I have always loved competing at Royal Windsor, and last year was the first five-star competition Bianca and I won together, making it even more special, so I am really looking forward to returning to the show.”
Kent Farrington (USA) & Gazelle
USA’s Kent Farrington, one of the boldest riders on the circuit and winner of the Royal Windsor Grand Prix in 2016 and 2017, will be determined to challenge his fellow Testimonee for top honours. Joining them will be Rolex Testimonee Scott Brash, the only rider to date to claim the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping title, winning the Grand Prix at three consecutive Majors. The British rider is sure to be a formidable opponent, as he feeds off the passionate support of his home crowd.
A further challenge will come from Ireland’s Bertram Allen, Rolex’s youngest Testimonee and a member of the New Guard, who will be looking to improve his seventh-place position from last year. Canada’s Eric Lamaze will also be in contention, along with the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ individual silver medallist, Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs and 2016 Olympic team gold medallist, Kevin Staut of France, all of whom are members of the Rolex family of Testimonees.
Source: Press release from Revolution Sports for the Royal Windsor Horse Show
Photos: © Rolex / Kit Houghton
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