Geneva, 2nd December 2015 – Olympic, World and European champions, winners of World Cup and Top 10 Finals: the line-up
for the 55th Geneva International Horse Show (CHI) really is extraordinary. Geneva is truly worthy of its title of the world's top
horse show and promises the best-ever level of competition in its show jumping, driving and cross-country events. Close to 100 riders in these three disciplines, hailing from 24 countries, will be assembling in Geneva.

There simply are not adequate superlatives to describe this upcoming gathering of riders at CHI Geneva, from the 10th to 13th December! First of all, there is the world's Nº 1 rider, the Brit Scott Brash, who will go down in history as the winner of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, thanks to back-to-back victories in the Grands Prix of Geneva, Aachen and Calgary. Then there are those who have collected Olympic, World and European titles, such as the Dutchman Jeroen Dubbeldam and the German Ludger Beerbaum. And there are also the individual Olympic gold medal holders Steve Guerdat and the Canadian Eric Lamaze, not to mention the European champions, Roger-Yves Bost and Kevin Staut from France, the Swede Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, and Germans Christian Ahlmann and Meredith Michaels- Beerbaum. Germany will actually be sending an imposing delegation to Geneva, including also Daniel Deusser and Marcus Ehning, both winners of a Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final and at least one World Cup Final. A total of 68 show jumpers from 20 nations will fill the world's largest indoor arena.

Geneva will also welcome those riders who have excelled during the season. Brazilian Pedro Veniss, 2nd in the Calgary Grand Slam will be there, along with Portuguese rider Luciana Diniz, who will be taking part in her first Top 10 Final. The younger generation will also be well represented in Geneva, with 16 riders under the
age of 25, including notably the young Irishman Bertram Allen, third in the World Cup Final of Las Vegas last April and heading for the Top 10 on Friday evening. There seems no age to become a rising star nowadays! The titles at stake in the 55th CHI Geneva, such as the Credit Suisse Grand Prix, the 15th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, the Geneva Cup, the Credit Suisse Geneva Classic and the Rolex Grand Prix, should satisfy the thirst for victory of many contenders.


The same could be said of the drivers disputing the FEI Driving World Cup in Geneva, the only round in Switzerland. Eight four-in-hand drivers will be going all-out to win precious points, among them Jérôme Voutaz, Werner Ulrich and Cyril Maret from Switzerland. Will the Australian Boyd Exell, who always manages
a clear round in Geneva, be able to retain his supremacy for another year? Suspense aplenty there too Jérôme Voutaz from the Valais and his 100% Franches-Montagnes team are now in the official squad. After their second place last year here in Geneva, they are now in a position to do more than simply rock the boat.


For eventers too, Geneva has become an absolute must, not to be missed. The only one of its type in Switzerland, the Rolex Indoor Cross-Country event attracts the discipline's great names. The German Michael Jung, Nº 1 in the world, Olympic, world and European champion, will be competing in both this and the show
jumping. That speaks volumes of the rider's motivation! The only double Olympic champion in the history of eventing, New Zealander Mark Todd has also informed the Geneva organisers of his participation, as has Nicolas Touzaint from France, double individual European champion and Olympic team champion. The Swiss delegation will comprise four riders: brothers Ben and Felix Vogg along with Camille Guyot and Melody Johner. The atmosphere at Palexpo on Saturday evening will be electric!

Four additional equestrian disciplines will feature this year, in the form of demonstrations. A demonstration of vaulting and a free-style dressage programme set to music will show spectators the subtleties of these two disciplines. Sponsored by SUVA, demonstrations of para-dressage, as well as show jumping by a visually impaired rider, will be included in the programme. Lastly, spectators at Palexpo will get to see a discipline that is as yet little known in Switzerland: Horseball. Similar to basketball but on horseback, two teams of four riders battle it out. Frenchman Nicolas Thiessard, Nº1 in the world, national, European and world champion, and also the instigator of the matches to be disputed in Geneva, promises some top-notch demonstrations.

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