As a longstanding partner of the horse world, Hermès expresses its impassioned commitment by witnessing the victories of great champions for more than fifty years.
Everything has changed since 1837 when Thierry Hermès set up as a harness and saddler-maker in Paris. Horses are no longer a feature of the French capital of today, but there is still one street, one address where they have a strong presence: 24, rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré.
The saddlery craftsmen in the Hermès workshops have forgotten neither what it takes to be a horseman or horsewoman, nor the excellence of a skill set that serves equestrianism and constantly strives towards perfection and improved performance.Technical brilliance, reliability, high quality materials and elegance characterise the new saddles: the Hermès Allegro for show-jumping and the Hermès Arpège for dressage.
In designing high-end reliable modern equipment, Hermès can tap into the expertise of the best riders in the world. Since the days of Bill Steinkraus and Nelson Pessoa in the 1970s, these collaborations have increased as new contacts have been established, and now constitute a team of different talents.
In show-jumping, the Hermès Cavale saddle shares in the achievements of the French rider Simon Delestre, ranked no. 1 in the world, and of Romain Duguet who, having won the 2015 Grand Prix Hermès, has enjoyed a succession of victories and helped the Swiss team to qualify for the Rio Olympics in August 2016. In dressage, Jessica von Bredow-Werndl, the German rider ranked fifth in the world, most significantly triumphed in the 2015 World Cup Class in Gothenburg. And finally, Astier Nicolas can boast one of France’s most glorious eventing successes having, in 2015, become the second Frenchman in history to win a CCI 4-star.