Rome, Italy – May 18, 2022 – The world’s elite show jumpers will gather in the magnificent gardens of Villa Borghese from 26–29 May to contest the 89th edition of the CSIO Roma Piazza di Siena. Staged in the heart of the Italian capital, the five-day event will feature some of the world’s finest horse and rider combinations and culminate on the Sunday with the 5* Rolex Gran Premio. Rolex has been the Official Timekeeper since 2018.
The brand has supported equestrianism since 1957 when British show jumper Pat Symthe became its first equestrian Testimonee. In the 65 years since, the Swiss watchmaker has developed close ties with key individuals and organizations who set the highest standards of performance, helping to foster the quality and elegance inherent in the sport. Along with other esteemed competitions, it partners all four Majors – The Dutch Masters, the CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament and the CHI Geneva – that comprise the coveted Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.
The CSIO Roma Piazza di Siena is steeped in history and tradition, having first been staged at this beautiful venue in 1926. In 2018, the 18th century oval was re-grassed, returning it to its original splendour. The organizers have strived for continuous improvement, ensuring the event’s stature as one of the most revered in the equestrian calendar.
Rolex Testimoneed in Rome
Switzerland’s World No. 2 Martin Fuchs (SUI), the highest ranked Rolex Testimonee, will be aiming to emulate his uncle Markus Fuchs, who won the Grand Prix here in 2001. He will face stiff competition from compatriot Steve Guerdat (SUI), with whom Fuchs won team gold at the 2021 FEI European Championships. Both riders won Rolex Majors last year – at the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament and the CHI Geneva respectively – and appreciate the horsemanship, precision and refinement required to win in Rome.
Looking ahead to the show, Fuchs said:
“The CSIO Roma Piazza Di Siena is always one of my favourite events of the year. It is so magical to compete in such an amazing setting right in the centre of the city. With it being a Rolex show you know the standard will be high and that you will face the toughest competition in the world, which always pushes riders to perform at their best.”
Bertram Allen (IRL), part of the Rolex New Guard, will be striving to become the first Irishman in 13 years to win this prestigious Grand Prix. In-form Kevin Staut (FRA), and Scott Brash (GBR), the only rider to have claimed the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, complete the roster of competing Testimonees.
Rolex Grand Prix Previous Winners
- 2021 *David Will (GER) & C Vier 2
- 2019 *Daniel Bluman (ISR) & Ladriano Z
- 2018 *Lorenzo De Luca (ITA) & Halifax van het Kluizebos
- 2017 Jur Vrieling (NED) & VDL Glasgow vh Merelsnest
- 2016 McLain Ward (USA) & HH Azur
- 2015 Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) & Cantinero
- 2014 Eric Lamaze (CAN) & Zigali P S
- 2013 Nick Skelton (GBR) & Big Star
- 2012 Ludger Beerbaum (GER) & Gotha FRH
- 2011 Eric Lamaze (CAN) & Hickstead
- 2010 McLain Ward (USA) & Sapphire
- 2009 Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) & HH Let’s Fly
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Rolex is an integrated and independent Swiss watch manufacture. Headquartered in Geneva, the brand is recognized the world over for its expertise and the quality of its products – symbols of excellence, elegance and prestige. The movements of its Oyster Perpetual and Cellini watches are certified by COSC, then tested in-house for their precision, performance and reliability. The Superlative Chronometer certification, symbolized by the green seal, confirms that each watch has successfully undergone tests conducted by Rolex in its own laboratories according to its own criteria. These are periodically validated by an independent external organization.
The word “Perpetual” is inscribed on every Rolex Oyster watch. But more than just a word on a dial, it is a philosophy that embodies the company’s vision and values. Hans Wilsdorf, the founder of the company, instilled a notion of perpetual excellence that would drive the company forward. This led Rolex to pioneer the development of the wristwatch and numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the Oyster, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the Perpetual rotor self-winding mechanism, invented in 1931. In the course of its history, Rolex has registered over 500 patents. At its four sites in Switzerland, the brand designs, develops and produces the majority of its watch components, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Furthermore, the brand is actively involved in supporting the arts and culture, sport and exploration, as well as those who are devising solutions to preserve the planet.
Source: Press Release by Cally Boucher / rEvolution World for Rolex Grand Slam / Piazza di Siena
Photo: © Rolex Grand Slam