The Dutch Masters 2020 will be held from 12 to 15 March in the Brabanthallen in 's-Hertogenbosch. The event is one of the four top events that are part of the prestigious Rolex Grand Slam or Show Jumping. Together with CHI Genève, CSIO Spruce Meadows Masters and CHIO Aachen, The Dutch Masters is among the absolute world leaders.

The Dutch Masters offers an extensive jumping program for four days with the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon as a spectacular ending. The national and international top dressage riders also make an appearance in the Brabanthallen. The highlight is the FEI Dressage World Cup Freestyle on Saturday afternoon.

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VIDEO: Enjoying a great The Dutch Masters

VIDEO: Enjoying a great The Dutch Masters
The Dutch Masters 2019 has become an unforgettable edition. For the 52nd time, the public could enjoy top-class sport and the wonderful Brabant atmosphere. The field of participants was of great class, both in jumping and dressage.

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A great edition of The Dutch Masters: thank you!

A great edition of The Dutch Masters: thank you!
What a great edition of The Dutch Masters-Indoor Brabant Horse Show we experienced! It was an edition full of excitement, emotion and top sport.

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Henrik von Eckermann starts his Rolex Grand Slam cycle at The Dutch Masters

Henrik von Eckermann starts his Rolex Grand Slam cycle at The Dutch Masters
The Rolex Grand Prix at The Dutch Masters - Indoor Brabant was won by Swedish rider Henrik von Eckermann. With this victory the Rolex Grand Slam cycle

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Maikel van der Vleuten in winning mood

Maikel van der Vleuten in winning mood
On Saturday evening a packed Brabanthal saw Maikel van der Vleuten celebrate his third victory at The Dutch Masters.

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Riders to watch at this year’s Aachen Rolex Grand Prix

Riders to watch at this year’s Aachen Rolex Grand Prix
From 12-21 July 2019, visitors from all over the world will once again travel to Germany to witness one of the most prestigious equestrian events of the year, CHIO Aachen. The nine-day event will play host to the second Major of the year, the Rolex Grand Prix, in which the world’s top equestrian athletes will go head-to-head, as they each contend for the highly sought-after victory.

The world’s greatest horse-and-rider combinations will be vying for one of show jumping’s most prestigious titles, the Rolex Grand Prix. With many of the world’s top 20-ranked riders set to compete, the field looks wide open; however, following strong recent performances on the outdoor circuit, there are notable partnerships that could claim the Rolex Major win:

Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann and his impressive Toveks Mary Lou have demonstrated outstanding consistency, having recently won the Rolex Grand Prix at CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show. The infamously quick duo flew through a faultless jump-off, defeating 15 of the world’s top 20-ranked riders. With the outdoor show jumping season well and truly underway, von Eckermann shows no sign of decelerating and has high hopes of continuing his Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping journey. Von Eckermann won the Rolex Grand Prix at The Dutch Masters in March.

Daniel Bluman made history at CSIO Roma Piazza di Siena, becoming Israel’s first ever rider to claim victory at this prestigious event, after winning the Rolex Grand Prix. The complicated course saw only four of the 44 combinations go clear in the first round, with Bluman and his 11-year-old gelding, Ladriano Z proving unbeatable after going clear in the jump-off. The 29-year-old rider has his sights set on his next victory and will pull out all the stops to secure his first Rolex Major title.

Rolex Testimonee and show jumping hero, Eric Lamaze has displayed remarkable determination this season. Lamaze won the PwC Cup at last month’s ‘National’ CSI5* presented by Rolex at Spruce Meadows, in which he and his mare, Fine Lady 5 won an electrifying jump-off. Just two days prior, Lamaze won the RBC Grand Prix of Canada presented by Rolex with his 13-year-old gelding, Chacco Kid. After his recent successes the unstoppable 51-year-old rider will do everything in his power to lift the coveted trophy at CHIO Aachen.

Legendary Swiss rider and Rolex Testimonee, Steve Guerdat has also been on fine form this season having tasted recent success in Calgary, Canada. Aboard his young mare, Albfuehren's Bianca, the Swiss rider finished runner-up to Lamaze in the RBC Grand Prix of Canada presented by Rolex. The current world number one-ranked rider and his 16-year-old gelding, Venard de Ceris then went on to win the ‘Pan American’ Grand Prix. Guerdat, who was second in the Rolex Grand Prix at The Dutch Masters 2019, will be hoping to go one further in Aachen to claim his first Rolex Major of the calendar year.

Following an impressive win with Balou du Reventon in the Rolex Grand Prix at Knokke Hippique in Belgium, Ireland’s Darragh Kenny is another rider to watch. It wasn’t an easy win for the Irishman, as the complicated course, designed by Uliano Vezzani, saw only six of the 47 combinations qualify for the jump-off in the 1.60 metre competition. Kenny and his 13-year-old stallion proved unbeatable and, having tasted recent victory, he will travel to CHIO Aachen with high hopes of continuing his success.

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Henrik von Eckermann becomes the new Rolex Grand Slam live contender at The Dutch Masters

Henrik von Eckermann becomes the new Rolex Grand Slam live contender at The Dutch Masters
It was an afternoon of electrifying sporting drama at The Dutch Masters, with the world’s best horse and rider combinations taking to the arena in the Brabanthallen for the first Major of the year. Course Designer, Louis Koninckx laid a tough course, which saw only five reach the jump-off to battle it out for the Rolex Grand Prix title.

Rolex Testimonee, Steve Guerdat (SUI), secured the first double clear, after producing a series of thrilling turns to shave seconds off the clock. Many thought he could not be caught but it was clear from the outset that Sweden’s Henrik von Eckermann only had winning on his mind. Together with his 13-year-old bay mare, Toveks Mary Lou, the pair crossed the finish just 0.63 seconds faster than Guerdat to clinch the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix title and become the new Rolex Grand Slam live contender. 

It was so close between you and Steve Guerdat, how did the jump-off feel for you?
It was great! I knew that Steve was very fast, he knocked three-seconds off Daniel’s (Deusser) time, so I thought to myself, I need to hurry up! There were only five in the jump-off, and it is nice when there are so few because then you don’t have so much competition to worry about. I just tried really hard, I wanted to win it, I gave my best effort to win it and here we are!

Toveks Mary Lou performed so well today, what is she like to ride?
She always performs so well. She is so special, it’s like she knows what is going on, she thinks ‘ok it’s Sunday today, it’s the big day I need to be the best I can be’. She always tries that little bit extra for me and it makes her a fantastic horse.

You’re the new Rolex Grand Slam live contender, is CHIO Aachen in your calendar?
Yes, it is absolutely, I really would like to go there. I am just so happy with what has happened today, and we will take it from here.

How are you going to celebrate tonight?
I have to drive the lorry home with Mary Lou in the back and I am happy for that. My girlfriend, Janika, the groom and I will head home together smiling! But the feeling I have now is amazing and that is enough, I don’t think we have to do any thing special.

Lastly, is The Dutch Masters a special show for you now?
Absolutely! I have ridden here quite a few times now and it is a fantastic event. Every year it gets better and better, they always try to make it more and more special. The atmosphere is always electric, and the crowd is always behind you.

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Marcus Ehning wins the Rolex Grand Prix at the CHI Geneva

Marcus Ehning wins the Rolex Grand Prix at the CHI Geneva
CHI Geneva welcomed 40 of the best riders in the world to compete in the most esteemed class of the show, the Rolex Grand Prix, the final Major of the year in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

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CHI Geneva welcomes leading riders to the Rolex Grand Prix

CHI Geneva welcomes leading riders to the Rolex Grand Prix
Held from 6–9 December, the 2018 edition of the CHI Geneva will include two of the pre-eminent equestrian competitions, namely the Rolex International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) Top 10 Final and the Rolex Grand Prix, the fourth and final Major of the year in the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. The highest-ranking international riders will compete at the famous Palexpo venue, the largest indoor show jumping arena in the world.

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