Opening Major: 2023 Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping Kicks off Next Week at The Dutch Masters CSI 5*

Geneva, March 1, 2023 – Created in 1966 and held in the medieval city of ’s‑Hertogenbosch, The Dutch Masters CSI 5*-W attracts the world’s leading horse and rider combinations. The event’s blend of magnificent show jumping and elite dressage puts it at the very top of the international indoor equestrian circuit. Rolex’s long-term relationship as Main Sponsor and Title Sponsor of the Grand Prix at The Dutch Masters began in 2014, where respect for tradition is matched by a commitment to constant innovation, making it a perfect partnership.

Rolex has paved the way in equestrianism for over 65 years since 1957, when welcoming a pioneering British female show jumper, Pay Smythe, into the Rolex Family as a Testimonee. Since then, the Swiss watchmaker has forged bonds with the finest riders, competitions, and institutions, fostering continuous improvement, reflecting Rolex’s own pursuit of perpetual excellence.

The world’s elite horse and rider combinations will head to The Dutch Masters from 9-12 March. The event hosts the first Major in the calendar year of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, a global initiative created in 2013, which comprises the four equestrian Majors: The Dutch Masters CSI 5* (which completed the quartet in 2018), the CHIO Aachen, the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament CSIO 5* and the CHI Geneva. To date, Rolex Testimonee Scott Brash is the only Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping champion, with his historic victory in 2015, which rewards any rider who wins three of these events consecutively.

Daniel Deusser (GER) riding Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z in the Rolex Grand Prix CSI 5*

Rolex Equestrian Testimonee Daniel Deusser (GER) enjoyed a sensational 2022 season, which included two victories in the Rolex Grand of Show Jumping Majors; the Rolex Grand Prix at The Dutch Masters and the ‘CP International’, presented by Rolex at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament CSIO 5*. The German rider will be aiming for The Dutch Masters as defending champion of the Rolex Grand Prix.

Daniel Deusser said: “I am really looking forward to returning to The Dutch Masters in March. Rolex have created something that everybody looks up to, and all the best riders in the world plan their season around the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. The unique indoor arena at ’s-Hertogenbosch poses a real challenge for riders, precisely executed turns as well as horses and riders instinctively acting as one will be very important to win this Rolex Major.”

Dutchman and fellow Rolex Testimonee Jeroen Dubbeldam recalls his experiences of The Dutch Masters fondly: “I have been going to ‘s-Hertogenbosch for many years now, even before it was called The Dutch Masters, and it is such a special place, it really is the dream to compete there in your own country. To be able to jump in the Rolex Grand Prix in front of my home crowd is incredible, and since Rolex became a sponsor in 2014 the show has developed significantly, and the level of competition has improved so much. I have not managed to win there – so that is still a very big goal for me in the future.”

With over a century of knowledge and expertise in watchmaking, Rolex is driven by tradition and craftsmanship, along with innovation and a passion for perfection. These values are intrinsically reflected in the brand’s support of equestrianism.

Sources: Press Release from Rolex Equestrian

Photos: © Rolex / Peggy Schroeder