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Simone Delestre King of the Saut Hermès

Paris, Grand Palais, Saut Hermès 2018. Absolute silence anticipates the calm before the storm: an explosion of exultation rises up to touch the glass vault of the early 19th-century building, as soon as Simon Delestre and his Hermès Ryan touch the ground after the last vertical. They have just conquered the 400,000 euros prize of the Saut Hermès Grand Prix with 1.18 sec of advantage over Niels Bruynseels. In nine editions, no French rider had ever managed to make this much sought-after prize his own. Hermès Ryan – Saut Hermès – Delestre who is an official rider of the French maison: the perfect combination. A standing ovation of the Parisian audience demonstrates a particular affection to horse and rider during the lap of honour. The president of the house, Axel Dumas, applauds satisfied.

Hermès Ryan performed brilliantly!” said the world number 9, clearly moved by the achievement. “I don’t have the words to explain how amazing this horse is! It’s just incredible! This competition is really special for me, and we prepared for it with Hermès Ryan. I knew that the jump-off would be quick, but Ryan is a fast horse. He’s my favourite horse, the whole family’s horse. He always gives 110%. You have try to keep up with his talent. And today he was just fantastic again!”

The Belgian rider Niels Bruynseels recorded the second best time on the course designed by the Spanish course designer Santiago Varela Ullastres, working for the first time at the Grand Palais this year. Riding Gancia de Muze, he also went under the 35-second mark (34”97) just ahead of the German rider Marcus Ehning (who had already won this Grand Prix in 2010 and 2014), on Cornado NRW (35”72). The Swedish rider Peder Fredricson, the French rider Olivier Robert and the Swiss rider Janika Sprunger also rode clear rounds and finished 4th, 5th and 6th respectively in this 9th Grand Prix Hermès at the Grand Palais.

Italian riders Emanuele Gaudiano and Lorenzo de Luca are constantly reconfirmed at the top of the rankings, who with one fence down respectively, end up at the 8th and 10th place, giving us a truly breathtaking show. Alberto Zorzi, who occupies the 19th position with his Ego van Orti, is less fast, but rides in his usually exemplary manner.

The three-day event also serves to reach a broader audience for the luxury firm, which set up workshop and saddle displays on the site. In addition to the competition, other shows included one from Bartabas, a French horse trainer known for introducing the equestrian world to a broader audience with acrobatic performances. Hermès also created a horseshoe-throwing app called H-pitchhh, fitting the label’s annual “Let’s Play” theme this year — reflecting the growing use of apps by luxury goods labels as a means to reinforce brand recognition beyond their customer base.

The horse is far more than Hermès first customer. It is also Its favored partner in designing a saddle, any other riding equipment or in organizing the perfect equestrian event suitable also for not – equestrians.

Imagini fornite da Hermès. Copyright © 2018. Fotografie di Fréderic Chehu, Stefanie Moshammer.

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