Geneva, Switzerland – November 08, 2023 –The International Jumping Riders Club is proud to announce the riders who will compete in the 22nd Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final on December 8, during the Concours Hippique International de Genève. A highlight in the equestrian calendar, the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final brings together the 10 best showjumpers in the world, whose contestants qualify on merit from the rankings list.
Created in 2001 by the International Jumping Riders Club, the class recognizes and celebrates the achievements and talents of the world’s best showjumpers over the preceding year.
The following riders will go head to head in a battle for end-of-year glory:
- Henrik von Eckermann (SWE)
- Ben Maher (GBR)
- Kent Farrington (USA)
- Martin Fuchs (SUI)
- Steve Guerdat (SUI)
- Julien Epaillard (FRA)
- Simon Delestre (FRA)
- Max Kühner (AUT)
- Harrie Smolders (NED)
- Shane Sweetnam (IRL)
McLain Ward (USA), ranked Number Six in the world, is unfortunately unable to travel to Europe to compete in this event.
This year’s final features four former winners: von Eckermann, Maher, Guerdat and Farrington. Seven of the riders were among last year’s finalists, including Delestre, who was ahead of von Eckermann after the first round. Riding Cayman Jolly Jumper, Delestre finished second with a fast but not the fastest time of the day.
Ranked World Number One for the past 16 months, last year’s winner, von Eckermann, may prove even harder to beat in 2023. His continued dominance will not make it easy for anyone to deny him a two-time Top 10 win. While his chosen horse is not yet confirmed, a successful defence of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 title in Geneva next month would embellish the already glittering record of King Edward, a living legend of showjumping.
Commenting on the upcoming Geneva event, the President of the IJRC, Kevin Staut, said: “The Rolex IJRC Top 10 final is a very special class; every edition of this competition is an extraordinary event, a new and exciting experience. Thanks to its format and the understanding there is between riders and the public, it is a perfect competition! Winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 is one of the most satisfying and important achievements for a rider because it marks the crowning event after a year of constructive and constant work in perfect synergy and harmony with our horses.”
Eleonora Ottaviani, Director of the IJRC, added: “The Top 10 is a unique event, exciting, filled with emotion, a competition that even after more than 20 editions represents a milestone that the riders strongly hope to reach. Winning the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final signifies being crowned as the indisputable champion of the year. The enthusiasm of the public and media interest confirm the uniqueness and importance of this event.”
The Rolex IJRC Top Ten’s formula is especially popular with spectators, who view the event as the highlight of the showjumping year. Resembling a traditional Grand Prix, it consists of a first round with 10-12 fences and a second round of 8-10 fences, with a maximum height of 1.60m. Faults and times are aggregated and in the event of a tie, the time of the second round decides. After their rounds, the riders return to the arena on foot to be interviewed, another popular feature of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 final.
Rolex IJRC Top 10 winners
2001, Geneva: Ludger Beerbaum (GER) and Goldfever
2002, Geneva: Ludger Beerbaum (GER) and Gladdys S
2003, Geneva: Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Baloubet du Rouet
2004, Geneva: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) and Shutterfly
2005, Geneva: Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and Baloubet du Rouet
2006, Geneva: Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER) and Shutterfly
2007, Geneva: Jessica Kürten (IRL) and Castle Forbes Libertina
2008, Brussels: Michel Robert (FRA) and Kellemoi de Pepita
2009, Paris: Marcus Ehning (GER) and Plot Blue
2010, Geneva: Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Jalisca Solier
2011, Paris: Billy Twomey (IRL) and Tinka’s Serenade
2012, Geneva: Christian Ahlmann (GER) and Taloubet Z
2013, Stockholm: Daniel Deusser (GER) and Evita van de Veldbalie
2014, Geneva: Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Sanctos
2015, Geneva: Kent Farrington (USA) and Voyeur
2016, Geneva: Eric Lamaze (CAN) and Fine Lady
2017, Geneva: Kevin Staut (FRA) and Reveur de Hurtebise
2018, Geneva: Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Alamo
2019, Geneva: Kent Farrington (USA) and Austria 2
2021, Geneva: Ben Maher (GBR) and Explosion W
2022, Geneva: Henrik von Eckermann (SWE) and King Edward
- Show cancelled in 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic
The IJRC looks forward to welcoming a large and enthusiastic audience to this unmissable evening at which the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final champion will be decided for 2023.
A roller-coaster of emotions is guaranteed!
Source: Press Release from the IJRC – International Jumping Riders Club
Photo: © IJRC/ F.Petroni