Highway to The Dutch Masters 2023
The Dutch Masters returns 9-12 March 2023 and can play host to the primary Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping Main of the yr. The four-day present will showcase a number of the best horse and rider combos and can culminate on Sunday with the Rolex Grand Prix. Heading to this prestigious occasion and in search of to assert this pinnacle class will probably be eight of the world’s present prime 10-ranked riders.
Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping – Rider Watch
The present Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping Stay Contender McLain Ward makes the journey from America with two of his prime horses – HH Azur and Contagious. The American, who wowed the crowds at CHI Geneva along with his distinctive jump-off efficiency within the Rolex Grand Prix, has continued his triumphant kind on the Winter Equestrian Pageant this yr, lately successful a CSI5* Grand Prix. Ward will journey to The Dutch Masters brimming with confidence and hoping to impress in Europe.
This yr’s competitors is about to be one of many hardest but with quite a few former Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping Main winners in attendance. Main the way in which is Daniel Deusser, the defending champion of the Rolex Grand Prix held underneath the intense lights of the Brabanthallen. The German is a fierce competitor and is aware of easy methods to carry out at high-pressured Majors, having gained two final yr. The three-time Dutch Masters Grand Prix winner will probably be trying to restart his quest to turn into solely the second individual to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Present Leaping. Deusser will probably be joined by compatriot, and winner of the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen, Gerrit Nieberg, who will probably be aiming to assert his first victory at this iconic present.
World No. 1 Henrik von Eckermann provides to the spectacular checklist of entries this yr and is all the time one to be on the prime of the chief boards. The Swedish rider ended 2022 with a sensational win within the Rolex IJRC High 10 Last held at CHI Geneva along with his unbelievable gelding, King Edward. Von Eckermann is the last word horseman and has now held the World No. 1 place consecutively for the previous seven months. As a earlier winner of the Rolex Grand Prix held at The Dutch Masters, having gained in 2019 with the sensational Toveks Mary Lou, all eyes will probably be on the World No. 1 when he rides into the primary area. Fellow countryman, Peder Fredricson, with whom von Eckermann gained Group gold on the FEI World Championships final summer time, may also line up in ‘s-Hertogenbosch.
Two of Switzerland’s most adorned present jumpers, World No. 2 Martin Fuchs and Steve Guerdat, may also be in attendance. The duo, who’ve gained six Rolex Grand Slam Majors between them, have by no means been capable of declare this prized trophy; nevertheless, each riders perceive the precision, bravery, and athleticism required by horse and rider to achieve success, and will probably be two of the favourites going into the category on Sunday.
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