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Interview with Sophie Mottu Morel, General Director of the CHI Geneva: "It is an honor to host the 18th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final"

Wednesday, 28 November 2018
CHI Geneva 2018

Sophie Mottu Morel Sophie Mottu Morel, General Director of the CHI Geneva

The CHI Geneva will host the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final for the 14th time. What is your secret…

"It is an honor for us to host this amazing competition this year again. The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final is one of the most prestigious event in show jumping bringing together the 10 best riders of the world. We are really proud to have been chosen again to welcome it. The decision is taken by the IJRC (International Jumping Riders Club) and Rolex. We do every year our best to offer an amazing competition and the best conditions to horses and riders. We are passionate by our sport and I think that riders, partners and the public feel this. That is maybe the secret…"

What is new this year in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final?

"The competition will be the same with two rounds for each rider and horse. During the 2nd round, riders are interviewed right after the course by the Swiss TV. This is broadcasted live worldwide and on the big screens. That is really special. What is new is the presentation that will take place 15 minutes before the first rider at 7.30pm. We have prepared a big show… I cannot say more, you need to watch it… What is really special this year is that we will have two Swiss riders in this Final. Steve Guerdat and Martin Fuchs. They have so many fans in Geneva… It is gonna be crazy for sure."

Can you speak about the other competitions?

"This year again we will have the pleasure to welcome four disciplines. The world’s best riders will be present in Geneva in dressage, with Isabell Werth and Jessica von Bredow for example, the Indoor Cross Country, with Michael Jung, Padraig McCarthy or Karim Laghouag, and driving with Boyd Exell and the Swiss Jérôme Voutaz. In show jumping, all the best will be there… 25 riders out of 30 of the world rankings, Simone Blum the World Champion, Daniel Deusser, Sameh El Dahan and a strong Swiss team. We have also invited young and talented riders like Lisa Nooren for example. They all have the same goal: Winning the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday, one of the most prestigious competition of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. We are so much looking forward to start this 58th edition…"


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