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Axel Dumas

Chief Executive Officer of Hermès

« Seul le silence est grand*...»

Depending on the perspective of the onlooker, the horse makes curves, rounds or arabesques on the ground before straightening his line to approach the fence and, if all is well, clear it in silence. This subtle combination of turns and gaits around the fence inevitably evokes the vagaries of life and proves the existence of elegant and nimble ways to tackle them, with the indispensable and active assistance of experience, agility and resolve.

Like me, our audience of connoisseurs appreciates the perfect silence of take-off followed by the muffled sound of a hoof landing on fine sand, leaving an imprint that is ephemeral to the eye but persistent in the mind. As soon as the obstacle is overcome, vivid memories settle in us forever, whispering their lessons for next time.

Vive le Saut Hermès!

*« Only silence is great… », Alfred de Vigny, La Mort du loup

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Chris Dercon

President of the Réunion des musées nationaux
Grand Palais

An unparalleled competition

Since 2010, the Saut Hermès has celebrated the excellence and majesty of show jumping, a discipline beyond compare that we are delighted to host once again at the Grand Palais Éphémère.

In the heart of the city, the Saut Hermès offers a glimpse behind the scenes of the equestrian world and treats its audience to a rare, unique and timeless spectacle. From 17th to 19th March, the riders will take turns to jump beneath the midnight-blue sky of the Grand Palais Éphémère while the spectators collectively hold their breath before each obstacle. Combining power with lightness and precision with agility, this peerless competition gives the public the opportunity to watch a high-level display of talent by some of the world’s most illustrious riders, brought together here in Paris.

What a joy it is to perpetuate the Grand Palais’ hundred years of equestrian connections. The Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais is hosting the Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais Éphémère on the Champ-de-Mars site, formerly used for military drills and parades. The statue of Maréchal Joffre on horseback, unveiled in 1939 and temporarily incorporated into the monument, symbolises this history. It will watch over the competition from the entrance of the Grand Palais Éphémère in front of the École Militaire. I would like to wish the Saut Hermès 2023 the very best of success!

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Olivier Ginon

Chairman of GL Events

Le Saut Hermès heads home

For its thirteenth edition, the Saut Hermès returns to the Grand Palais Éphémère in the heart of Paris. In this iconic space on an emblematic site, the event asserts its vocation to receive the world’s elite show jumpers in Paris, as the entire City of Light looks ahead to the 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

For GL events, the Grand Palais Éphémère illustrates both the ecological transition to which we subscribe and the multidisciplinary nature of our business. Our openness to all types of events, requiring all our fields of expertise, has always been deployed in the sporting world, particularly high-level equestrian competitions.

GL events is proud to contribute to some of the most wonderful chapters in the history of world equestrian sports in Paris, in close collaboration with Hermès. Once again this year, in the refined and elegant simplicity that defines this unmissable event, the Saut Hermès will showcase the horse, an inexhaustible source of inspiration.