The Dutch Masters returns 9-12 March 2023 and can play host to the primary Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping Main of the 12 months. The four-day present will showcase a few of the best horse and rider combos and can culminate on Sunday with the Rolex Grand Prix. Heading to this prestigious occasion and looking for to assert this pinnacle class can be eight of the world’s present prime 10-ranked riders.
Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping – Rider Watch
The present Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping Dwell Contender McLain Ward makes the journey from America with two of his prime horses – HH Azur and Contagious. The American, who wowed the crowds at CHI Geneva along with his distinctive jump-off efficiency within the Rolex Grand Prix, has continued his triumphant type on the Winter Equestrian Competition this 12 months, not too long ago successful a CSI5* Grand Prix. Ward will journey to The Dutch Masters brimming with confidence and hoping to impress in Europe.
This 12 months’s competitors is ready to be one of many hardest but with quite a few former Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping Main winners in attendance. Main the way in which is Daniel Deusser, the defending champion of the Rolex Grand Prix held underneath the brilliant lights of the Brabanthallen. The German is a fierce competitor and is aware of tips on how to carry out at high-pressured Majors, having gained two final 12 months. The three-time Dutch Masters Grand Prix winner can be seeking to restart his quest to change into solely the second particular person to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping. Deusser can be joined by compatriot, and winner of the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen, Gerrit Nieberg, who can be aiming to assert his first victory at this iconic present.
World No. 1 Henrik von Eckermann provides to the spectacular record of entries this 12 months and is all the time one to be on the prime of the chief boards. The Swedish rider ended 2022 with a sensational win within the Rolex IJRC High 10 Last held at CHI Geneva along with his unimaginable gelding, King Edward. Von Eckermann is the final word horseman and has now held the World No. 1 place consecutively for the previous seven months. As a earlier winner of the Rolex Grand Prix held at The Dutch Masters, having gained in 2019 with the sensational Toveks Mary Lou, all eyes can be on the World No. 1 when he rides into the principle area. Fellow countryman, Peder Fredricson, with whom von Eckermann gained Crew gold on the FEI World Championships final summer time, may even line up in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Two of Switzerland’s most adorned present jumpers, World No. 2 Martin Fuchs and Steve Guerdat, may even be in attendance. The duo, who’ve gained six Rolex Grand Slam Majors between them, have by no means been capable of declare this prized trophy; nevertheless, each riders perceive the precision, bravery, and athleticism required by horse and rider to achieve success, and can be two of the favourites going into the category on Sunday.
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