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In eventing, which combines the disciplines of dressage, cross-country and show
jumping, Rolex sponsors three legendary competitions, as Official Timepiece for the
Land Rover Kentucky Three Day Event (USA); Official Timepiece for the Mitsubishi
Motors Badminton Horse Trials (United Kingdom); and Official Timepiece for the
Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (United Kingdom). Together, these events make
up the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing, an award presented to the rider who wins
consecutively at these annual competitions. The Grand Slam has only been won
twice so far since its creation, in 2001.
Rolex's presence at the highest level in equestrianism is cemented by close
associations with the world's most talented riders. These exceptional athletes have
not only won some of the world's most prestigious equestrian competitions, but
they have also achieved impressive performances, winning numerous medals at
World Cup, European Championship and Olympic levels.
The family of Rolex Testimonees in show jumping includes the first and only winner
of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, Scott Brash from the United Kingdom,
Germany's Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, Brazilian legend Rodrigo Pessoa, Canada's
Eric Lamaze, French rider Kevin Staut, Steve Guerdat from Switzerland, Bertram
Allen from Ireland, World No. 1 Kent Farrington from the United States, and most
recently Jeroen Dubbeldam from the Netherlands.
Rolex supports British equestrian Zara Tindall in Eventing, as well as Rolex
Testimonee Isabell Werth in Dressage.
BEHIND THE SCENES
Behind the scenes, Rolex partners the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC), a
group comprised of the top-ranked riders, which promotes the image of jumping
in equestrian sport and organizes the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final. In 2014, Rolex began
a partnership with the Young Riders Academy, developed by a group of equestrian
professionals with the cooperation of the IJRC to help support future equestrian
talent. Furthermore, Rolex is associated with the World Breeding Federation for
Sport Horses (WBFSH), the only organization that collates sport horses' studbooks
on a worldwide scale.
AN AFFINITY WITH EXCELLENCE
The roots of Rolex's affinity for elite sports and human achievement can be traced
back to the pioneering origins of the company. When founder Hans Wilsdorf set up
his watchmaking firm, he was influenced by the swift changes sweeping through
society at the beginning of the 20th century. In an era when wristwatches were still
regarded as fragile items of apparel, he was determined to create a wristwatch that
would be robust, precise and reliable, adapted to ever more active lifestyles.
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