Geneva, 13 December 2013. The International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) and Rolex today announced that they have extended their long-standing partnership for a period of five years. Rolex has been the Official Partner and Official Timepiece of the IJRC since 2001. The long-term extension includes the brand’s partnership with the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, created in 2001 by the IJRC to showcase and celebrate the achievements of the 10 highest ranking show jumpers in the world.

“Rolex has been with us since the concept of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final was first launched in 2001 and we are pleased and proud to continue this adventure together,” said the Vice President of the IJRC, Rodrigo Pessoa, a Rolex Testimonee since 1999. “Their involvement brings a superior standard of quality which is recognized worldwide.”

Rolex has been a major force at play behind equestrianism’s finest events, riders and organizations for over 50 years. The extended partnership between Rolex and the IJRC is a mark of a shared passion and commitment to the future of equestrianism, and exemplifies the values of excellence and the pursuit of perfection embodied by the sport, the IJRC and Rolex.

Held for the first seven years at CHI Geneva, and most recently in Stockholm in November 2013, the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final marks the crowning moment of the international show jumping season, when the top 10 horse and rider partnerships compete for year-end supremacy. The competition will return to the CHI Geneva in 2014 for a period of at least two years.

The announcement was made today at the CHI Geneva, a pre-eminent jumping competition voted the best in the world for the sixth time by the members of the IJRC and one of the three founders of the newly established Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Rolex has been presenting sponsor of CHI Geneva since 1996.

About Rolex

Leading brand of the Swiss watch industry, Rolex, headquartered in Geneva, enjoys an unrivalled reputation for quality and expertise the world over. Its OYSTER watches, all certified as chronometers for their precision, are symbols of excellence, performance and prestige. Pioneer in the development of the wristwatch as early as 1905, the brand is at the origin of numerous major watchmaking innovations, such as the OYSTER, the first waterproof wristwatch, launched in 1926, and the PERPETUAL rotor self-winding mechanism introduced in 1931. Rolex has registered over 400 patents in the course of its history. A truly integrated manufacturing company, Rolex designs, develops and produces in-house all the essential components of its watches, from the casting of the gold alloys to the machining, crafting, assembly and finishing of the movement, case, dial and bracelet. Rolex is also actively involved in supporting the arts, sports, the spirit of enterprise, and the environment through a broad palette of sponsoring activities as well as philanthropic programmes.

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