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The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping – the sport’s ultimate prize – is delighted to welcome the Rolex Series to the Rolex Equestrian family. Announced on Thursday 23 May, the Rolex Series unites six of the most respected equestrian shows in the world, each supported by Rolex.

The new initiative was fittingly revealed in the spectacular setting of the opening Rolex Series event – the CSIO Roma Piazza di Siena. The Rolex Series will also include the CSIO Jumping International de La Baule, the Jumping International de Dinard, the Dublin Horse Show, the Brussels Stephex Masters, and the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, USA. These six shows all share common qualities including offering some of the best infrastructures and facilities, age-old traditions, the highest standard of competition as well as reflecting Rolex’s own enduring commitment to excellence.

The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping and the Rolex Series will be separate concepts, however the Rolex Grand Slam fully supports the introduction of the new Rolex Series, and are thrilled that it will be joining the exclusive Rolex family, which also includes individuals and organizations from the sport who set the highest standards of performance. Additionally, the Rolex Series further enhances Rolex’s commitment to equestrianism and its mission to unite and inspire.

The past 10 years of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping have been filled with countless incredible sporting moments across the four Slams namely The Dutch Masters, the CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ and the CHI Geneva – the pinnacle venues in the sport – including when Scott Brash lifted the iconic Rolex Grand Slam trophy at the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’. The Rolex Series will now elevate the six premier world-class show jumping events, and equestrian fans are sure to be treated to many more unmissable sporting occasions at these shows.

This weekend all eyes will be on Sunday’s Rolex Grand Prix at the CSIO Roma Piazza di Siena to see who will claim the inaugural Rolex Series event. Attention will then turn to the CSIO Jumping International de La Baule (6–9 June), which will play host to the second Rolex Series event, with the next Rolex Grand Slam Major, the CHIO Aachen, following just a few weeks later.

Photo: Frederic Tarder, Organizer of the Jumping International de Dinard; Marco di Paola, President of the Italian Equestrian Sports Federation; Diego Nepi, Event Director of the CSIO Roma Piazza di Siena; Pierre de Brissac, President of the CSIO Jumping International de La Baule; Steve Guerdat, Rolex Testimonee; Laurent Delanney, Rolex Sponsoring Director; Conny Mütze, Steering Committee representative of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping; Stephan Conter, CEO of the Brussels Stephex Masters; Michael Stone, President of Wellington International; Pat Hanly, Deputy Chief Executive of the RDS Dublin Horse Show.

©Rolex/Thomas Lovelock