La Baule, France – June 08, 2023 – For more than 60 years, the Jumping International de La Baule CSIO 5* has hosted the world’s best horse and rider combinations on the picturesque shores of the Atlantic Ocean in western France. This year, the historic show will run over four days from 8-11 June, and will conclude on Sunday 11 June with the Rolex Grand Prix Ville de La Baule CSIO 5* held in the François André stadium.
Rolex has been a committed partner of equestrianism for more than 60 years, dating back to 1957 when pioneering British show jumper Pat Smythe became the sport’s first Testimonee. The brand’s association with the Jumping International de La Baule began in 2022 when the brand became the Official Timepiece. The partnership marked a new era, elevating the show to be among the best in the world and providing the impetus to reach a new level of excellence.
The show has a deep-rooted history in equestrianism, harnessing the tradition of the sport while embracing innovation with a continual passion for perfection. The pinnacle of the show comes from the Rolex Grand Prix of La Baule which requires riders and horses to be in complete harmony as they strive for the precision, agility and pace required to be victorious.
Alongside the elite-level competition, the Jumping International de La Baule showcases talent at all career stages. With a range of young horse and amateur classes, the show fosters the transfer of knowledge between generations, providing the opportunity for future stars to compete alongside experienced counterparts. Meanwhile the Nations Cup at La Baule fosters teamwork and collaboration as 10 of the best national teams from around the world face each other in a test of athleticism, concentration and strategy.
In addition to supporting world-class events and initiatives, Rolex partners with the sport’s most outstanding athletes, who personify the expertise and accuracy of the brand through their historic achievements. Several Rolex Testimonees will contest this year’s edition of the Jumping International de La Baule, including one of the sport’s most exciting young talents, Britain’s Harry Charles (GBR), Rolex’s youngest equestrian Testimonee and the Under-25 World No.1. He will be joined by Rolex’s longest-serving equestrian Testimonee, Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA). The Brazilian is one of the world’s most decorated show jumpers having won multiple Grands Prix, as well as individual World and Olympic medals.
Looking ahead to the show, Rodrigo Pessoa stated: “The Jumping International de La Baule is one of the most spectacular shows on the calendar and one that all of the riders want to compete at. The Rolex Grand Prix Ville de La Baule is sure to be fitting conclusion to the four-days of top-level competition located in one of the most beautiful settings in the world.”
ROLEX GRAND PRIX WINNERS
2022 *Beth Underhill (CAN), Dieu Merci Van T & L
2021 Nicolas Delmotte (FRA), Urvoso du Roch
2019 Simone Blum (GER), DSP Alice
2018 Patrice Delaveau (FRA), Aquila*HDC
2017 Pedro Junqueira Muylaert (BRA), MFS Prince Royal Z
2016 Jérôme Guery (BEL), Grand Cru van de Rozenberg
2015 Bertram Allen (IRL), Romanov
2014 Eric Lamaze (CAN), Powerplay
2013 Patrice Delaveau (FRA), Orient Express*HDC
2012 Nick Skelton (GB), Carlo273
2011 Eric Lamaze (CAN), Hickstead
2010 Mclain Ward (USA), Sapphire
2009 Jos Lansink (BEL), Spender S
*Denotes Rolex Grand Prix
(Names in bold denote Rolex Equestrian Testimonees)
Source: Press Release by Niki McEwen Revolution World for Rolex Grand Slam
Photo: © Rolex Grand Slam