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Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping revealed

Friday, 26 April 2013

All smiles as the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping was revealed today. Photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.The Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping was revealed at a media reception in Gothenburg today. The Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping will consist of three of the world’s most prestigious Grand Prix classes; the Grand Prix in Aachen, the Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows and the Grand Prix in Geneva. The three Rolex Grand Prix classes alone have prize-money totaling 2.5 million Euros – with Aachen and Spruce Meadows having 1 million Euros apiece, and Geneva 500,000 Euros. With the Grand Slam being launched there is now a chance to win a bonus on top.

Any rider who wins three shows in a row, receives 1 million Euros on top of the prize-money of each show. Any rider who wins two out of the three shows, also receives a bonus.  If two shows are won in succession, the bonus is 500,000 Euros. If the rider is successful in qualifying for the “two out of three mode”, but doesn’t claim the victories at two consecutive shows, the bonus total 250,000 Euros.  It will only be the rider that counts, not the horse and it will be possible to claim the bonus riding different horses. The Grand Slam will without doubt bring the sport to a whole new level.

Rolex testimony Eric Lamaze – flown in from Jumping Antwerpen for the occasion – stated that the launch of the Grand Slam will be putting the sport of showjumping close to many other sports. As to Spruce Meadows, Eric said; ”The weekend of the Masters is the Super Bowl of showjumping, with the Nations Cup on Saturday and the Grand Prix on Sunday. These days are the hardest of showjumping. It’s a knowledgeable crowd there, and Calgary is a unique experience that brings the best out of every rider. I want to say thank you to Rolex for doing this for the riders.”

“This will bring the sport to a different level,” said reigning Olympic Champion Steve Guerdat – also describing wins in any of the three Grand Prix classes as a rider's dream. “The thought of being a Grand Slam winner myself if so exciting,” said Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum.

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