The luxury watch manufacturer Rolex has long been known for more than just its outstanding timepieces. The company with the crown also stands out because of its multifaceted social commitment in various types of sports around the world, including equestrian sports. So let's get to the bottom of the connection between Rolex and equestrian sports.
Rolex and its link to equestrian sports
The luxury company not only distinguishes itself through partnerships and sponsorships in the fields of golf, tennis and sailing. In addition to these disciplines, horse riding has also played an important role for Rolex for more than 60 years. The sponsorships range from individual equestrians to entire horse riding events. Rolex proves time and again that the company is closely connected to this elite sport.
Horse shows in a class of their own
Rolex Grand Slam of Show JumpingOwning a Rolex watch is considered by many to be the ultimate sign of exclusivity. In horseback riding, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is equally popular. Actually, it's more than that: It is considered the highest honour for horse and rider in the fields of show jumping. Only the best of the best dare to dream of holding this prize in their hands someday. Compared to other competitions, not only one, but at least three major tournaments must be won in a row to get the Rolex Grand Slam. Major tournaments are particularly difficult and highly challenging for rider and horse. In 2013, the award was created by the three majors CHIO Aachen, CSIO Spruce Meadows ‚Masters‘ and CHI Geneva. The Dutch Masters has been a fourth major since 2018. Each of the four tournaments is regarded as a superlative equestrian tournament with its own challenges and attracts the leaders of the world every year. Just as Rolex strives to showcase the world's best watches and world-class lifestyle, riders who win the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping are the best in the world.
The Rolex Grand Slam Of Eventing is also awarded according to the same guidelines. The victory in one of the eventing tournaments in Burghley, Badminton and Kentucky is considered proof of perfection in equestrian sports. If you win all three in a row, this is more than extraordinary and so far has been in the history of equestrian sports happened only twice before, in 2003 and 2016.
Royal Windsor Horse ShowHorse riding is not just about watching a rider and his horse jump over a few obstacles. Rather, the sport has been a sign of the elite since the beginning, a celebration in which one enjoys not only the sport but also the atmosphere and the event itself. The Royal Windsor Horse Show assumes, as the name suggests, royal dimensions. In keeping with Her Majesty’s 90th birthday, Queen Elizabeth II, in 2016 Rolex became, for the first time, the partner of this exclusive annual ceremony.
Rolex IJRC Top 10 FinalEach year, the 10 best show jumpers in the world are invited to the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final to give visitors a unique experience. The tournament has been sponsored by Rolex since its foundation and quickly became a highlight of the equestrian year.
Rolex Central Park Horse ShowProof that equestrian sport is much more than just a few horses and obstacles is the Rolex Central Park Horse Show. The five-day tournament takes place in the well-known park in the middle of New York. It is a highlight for all fans of the sport and a must for anyone who belongs to the high society. The event shines with a lot of prestige every year. In contrast to the well-chosen audience in Central Park, the WINTER EQUESTRIAN FESTIVAL is visited by more than 250,000 visitors each year. The event spans 12 weeks and is the point of contact for horseman from over 33 countries. Approximately 2,800 riders and twice as many horses participate in the tournament. The perfect combination of sports and social events.
Rolex and its equestrians
Rolex is not only interested in promoting events and tournaments, but also exceptional talents can hope to be supported by the luxury brand. Steve Querdat won the gold medal at the 2009 European Championships and show jumping at the 2012 Olympics. In addition, he won the 2010 Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. In 2013 and 2015 he received the Rolex Grand Prix at the CHI Geneva.
Another equally successful horseman is the Scottish showjumper Scott Brash. He is the first to receive the 2014 Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Nobody before has managed to win the three majors in a row. Since 2012, he and his horse Hello Sanctos are the favourites of many tournaments. Other victories included the victory of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final 2014 or the team gold 2012 at the Olympic Games.
The German-American rider Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum is the first woman to make it to the first place in the world rankings in show jumping. With love for sports and perseverance, she made it to the podium of the top tournaments in the world. Her achievements include two golds in the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final and three World Cup Final wins. In 2007 she was presented with the Grand Prix at the Major CHIO Aachen. For her achievements, Rolex gave her a Rolex Oyster Perpetual Datejust in white gold with diamonds.
Start your own race
Whether with or without a horse, start your personal race now and beat your best times. With a Rolex watch on your wrist, you have the best companion for all challenges. At Watchmaster you’ll find a large selection of used, certified luxury watches at a discounted price. All watches are checked by our watchmakers for authenticity and provided with a certificate. Call our customer service today, let us advise you on your new luxury timepiece and be yourself the strongest competitor!
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