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Le Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais

 

The theme of the tenth Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais, on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March 2019, is dreams: dreams of surpassing oneself, dreams of surprise and excitement, dreams of sharing unforgettable moments with the audience.

© Yves Laboriaux

© Yves Laboriaux

In the nave of the Grand Palais, riders and horses are get¬ting ready. It is no coincidence that Hermès has chosen dreams as the annual theme for 2019. At Hermès, dreams are shared and enchant the everyday. And if there is an event that expresses this to perfection, it is the tenth Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais. It promises to be rich in excitement, provided by fifty of the world’s finest riders and twenty international rising stars. Last year, Simon Delestre and Hermès Ryan won the Grand Prix. Can we expect the Frenchman to successfully defend his title? Who will be the new Talents of the Saut Hermès 2019? The Netherlands finished second in the competition in 2018. Will they make it to first place this year? A CSI 5* competition is always full of surprises.

Each of the ten classes has been conceived by the Spanish course designer Santiago Varela Ullastres, assisted by the French course designer Grégory Bodo. An internationally rec¬ognised expert, Santiago Varela Ullastres will also be designing the show jumping courses for the Tokyo Olympics in 2020.

In show jumping, there is a very special moment when the horse gathers momentum as if preparing for take-off. For barely a second, as it clears the fence, its four hooves are off the ground. This precise instant is called the “airborne phase” and the higher the fence, the longer this time in flight lasts. The fences at a CSI 5* competition are an astounding 1.6 metres in height. And under the glass roof of the Grand Palais, each athlete flies with the lightness and power of Pegasus. The winged horse is never far away at Hermès. Over these three days it leaves its mark on every memorable moment in the arena with the performers in the equestrian show L’Envol, performed by Lorenzo and a talented string orchestra. This horse-vaulting genius defies gravity. L’Envol will be performed on the Saturday evening and on the Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoons. Watching over the spirit of the competition, the majestic Pegasus by the artist Christian Renonciat spreads its wings. And anyone who dreams of flying through the air above Paris does not have to be a virtuoso vaulter or high-level horseman, because whatever your age, Hermès will carry you away for an exciting flight of fantasy on Pegasus’ back via virtual reality. As if in a dream, your feet are no longer on the ground but flying high towards the stars…