The show-jumpers’ Rolex Grand Slam is the beginning of a new era in the field of equestrian sport. The quest to win the most difficult-to-obtain trophies in the world of equestrian sport unites the top riders from all over the globe.

The Masters Aachen, Spruce Meadows and Geneva – all prestigious names on the international equestrian sport circuit, which are now connected by a spectacular bonus system: Turning the Rolex Grand Slam into a truly infinite story, into one of the most exciting concepts in the history of international sport.

The Idea Behind It

The Rolex Grand Slam links three of the world’s top equestrian events, which are united by one notion: The search for perfection.  Of course the CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows 'Masters' and the CHI Geneva excel as a result of the high prize-money at stake. The three Rolex Grand Prix alone are endowed with prize-money totalling 2.5 million Euros (Aachen and Spruce Meadows 1 Million Euros apiece, Geneva 500,000 Euros) – now there’s the chance to win a bonus on top. However, it is not big prize-money alone that makes an event eligible for inclusion in the Rolex Grand Slam.

Additional factors such as tradition, attendance figures, media presence and the infrastructure of the shows must also demonstrate the highest standards. Only events that are prepared to strive for top-class quality in all areas are able to join the ranks of the Rolex Grand Slam.

The targeted fostering of young talent is also a part of the Rolex Grand Slam. Two young riders are invited to each of the three shows – in order to gain experience on the top level of our sport.

The Mode

The system of the Rolex Grand Slam is simple: Anyone, who wins three shows in a row, receives 1 million Euros on top of the prize-money of each show. Moreover, anyone who wins two out of the three shows, also receives a bonus.  If two shows are won in succession, the bonus is 500,000 Euros. If the rider is successful in qualifying for the “two out of three mode”, but doesn’t claim the victories at two consecutive shows, the bonus total 250,000 Euros.  It is only the rider that counts, not the horse. It is possible to claim the bonus riding different horses. This system is infinite, it is not limited to a calendar year. It is a never ending story.


This year all eyes will be focused on leading Swiss rider and current Olympic champion Steve Guerdat, who is following in the footsteps of Brash by winning at CHI Geneva in December 2015. Guerdat will be looking to continue his quest in challenging for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping at Aachen to firmly establish his own place, alongside Brash, in the ranks of equestrian legends.

Image: Rolex Grand Slam Trophy

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