The best show-jumpers in the world have qualified for the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday at the Major Show CHI Geneva. There is going to be an exciting showdown in the Palexpo, this magnificent arena, which is the biggest indoor hall in the world. Moreover, the decision will fall as to whether Christian Ahlmann manages to go down in sport history as the first show-jumper ever to win a bonus in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. He immediately succeeded in qualifying for the Grand Prix on Thursday already: "That took a lot of the pressure off already and now I can really focus my attention on the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday." He will be competing against the best and most successful show-jumpers in the world, because the best of the best have already qualified themselves for the competition. Including Pieter Devos, who is also a familiar face in the running for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. After taking the victory at the Major Show Spruce Meadows "Masters" last year, the Belgian rider already had the chance to be successful in the Rolex Grand Slam. He succeeded in reaching the jump-off in the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva within the set twelve months, but ultimately didn't quite manage to win. As last year's winner, Steve Guerdat from Switzerland will also do his best to win his home game. In addition to the current number one in the world rankings and new champion in the Rolex Top Ten Finals, Scott Brash from Great Britain, the top French stars Kevin Staut and Penelope Leprevost will also be striving to claim the victory in the Major competition tomorrow, together with Ludger Beerbaum, Daniel Deußer, Marcus Ehning and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum from Germany.
The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping
This alliance between the three Major Shows in Aachen, Geneva and the Spruce Meadows in Canada is the most prestigious and the most difficult trophy to win on the international equestrian sport circuit. The rider, who manages to claim the victory at all three shows in succession, wins the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping – as well as one million Euros in prize-money. It is no longer possible for Christian Ahlmann to do that, because although he came first in Aachen, he didn't win in Canada. Nevertheless, if he rides to victory in Geneva, he will be the first rider in history to claim a bonus. Because the rider, who wins two out of three shows – albeit not in succession – receives a bonus of a quarter of a million Euros in addition to the prize-money.