The Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais Éphémère 2022

On 18th, 19th and 20th March, after a two-year absence, fifty-five of the world’s best riders will be in Paris to take part in the Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais Éphémère, a CSI 5*-certified show jumping competition. Alongside them, twenty young sporting hopefuls under the age of 25 will take part in the Talents Hermès competition. A few days ahead of their entrance into the arena, here is a look at the participants in the 2022 Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais Éphémère.
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A rendezvous for sporting excellence
Between 18th and 20th March, these elite riders will compete over courses designed by the Spaniard Santiago Varela Ullastres, who has been in charge of the Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais courses since 2018, as well as for designing the show-jumping events at last summer’s Tokyo Olympics. Among the competitors are the Frenchman Simon Delestre and his gelding Hermès Ryan, who together won the Grand Prix Hermès two years in a row. After their incredible double in 2018 and 2019, the pair will have to work hard to defend their title against the competition. Joining the line-up is the German rider Marcus Ehning, winner of the flagship event in Paris in 2010 and 2014, along with the 2016 winner and Hermès partner rider Abdelkébir Ouaddar of Morocco. A further ten of the world’s top 20 riders will also be taking to the arena. The reigning Olympic team champions for Sweden, Peder Fredricson, currently world number one, and Henrik von Eckermann are also making the trip. The European team champions, Martin Fuchs (SUI-3e) and Steve Guerdat (SUI-19e), who became an Hermès’ partner rider in 2021, will be competing for Switzerland, while the Belgians, bronze medallists at the Olympics and the European Championship last summer, will be represented by Pieter Devos (26e), Grégory Wathelet (33e), Olivier Philippaerts (52e) and their leader, Jérôme Guéry (13e), also an Hermès partner rider. Representing France, the gold medallists at Rio, Roger-Yves Bost, Philippe Rozier and Kevin
Staut, will accompany Edward Levy, Mathieu Billot, a member of the national team at the last Olympic Games, and Olivier Perreau, winner of the Saut Hermès in 2019, along with Alexandra Paillot and Alexa Ferrer. Grégory Cottard, who is on his way to his first FEI World Cup show jumping final, will also be participating here, in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

2022, an edition devoted to youth
The 2022 Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais Éphémère will also be marked by the presence of numerous young hopefuls in the CSI5*. Jennifer Hochstadter (LIE), 18, Lily Atwood (GBR), 20, Jeanne Sadran (FRA), 20, Sanne Tijssen (NED), 23 and Harry Charles (GBR), 22, will benefit from the experience of their elders and in particular the competition’s most senior participant and living legend of the discipline, the British rider John Whitaker, 66. In the Talents Hermès events, for riders under the age of twenty-five, gifted young hopefuls from the ten nations invited will take to the arena at the Grand Palais Éphémère. Among them, Antoine Ermann and Laura Klein, both aged 20, will represent France against the reigning European team champions, Belgian Thibeau Spits (21), with his compatriot Gilles Thomas (23), team silver medallist at the 2019 European Championship for Young Riders. The youngest competitor, Geraldine Straumann, 17, will team up with Alexandra Amar (22) for Switzerland. The family of Olympic champion Peter Charles (London 2012) will be well-represented over this weekend of competition, as daughters Scarlett (21) and Sienna (20) will be competing in the Talents Hermès, while their older brother Harry (22) joins the line-up up for the 5* event. Shining the spotlight on the new generation of champions, skills sharing, talent, and exceptional rider knowledge will be on display throughout this the twelfth Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais, a celebration of the horse in the heart of Paris.

Press release Saut Hermès

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