CHI Genève- One of the jewels in the equestrian calendar

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Tuesday 05 December - 19h12 | Lulu Kyriacou

CHI Genève- One of the jewels in the equestrian calendar

CHI Geneva (December 7-10th) is one of the highlights of the equestrian calendar and this year it celebrates 90 years of fantastic competition. It features classes in all three Olympic disciplines plus FEI World Cup driving and the world ranking leaders in all four disciplines are scheduled to appear.  

The showjumping classes are second to none. As well as the Grand Prix which is one of the four classes which make up the Rolex Grand Slam, still the most coverted in international showjumping and so far, only once been once won, by Scott Brash who is competing there again this week.  In addition, the International Jumping Riders Club (IJRC) Top Ten Final (also presented by Rolex) will run its 16th edition on Saturday evening. This previous winners list of this contest reads like a who's who of show jumping greats since 2001 and this year, the contrest will be just as fascinating. With regard to the Grand Slam, Germany's Phillipp Weishaupt  won the last leg at Aachen so will be hoping he can add another round and really stake a realistic claim to the Grand Slam bonus but he will have to beat Kent Farrington amongst others, currently the world number one in jumping.
Making a return to Genevé after fifteen years of absence is deressage. The organisers of the CHI Geneva had been thinking about it for some time already and now, today it has become a reality. Isabell Werth, the world number one will take on 112 rivals in a contest integrating the World Dressage Masters. tCHI Geneva will host three competitions: a Grand Prix, qualifier for all participants, a Grand Prix Special and a Freestyle to Music, the apotheosis of all dressage competitions. The World Dressage Masters brings together five events throughout the year, exterior and interior competitions combined. At a four star level, the events expect high quality competitions as well as a top level participation.

​One of the special things about Genevé is that manages to fit a lake into the arena; a feature that will figure heavily in both driving and indoor cross country competitions. The former is the fourth qualifier the the FEI World Cup Driving where series leader and defending champion Boyd Exell will be hoping to seal his place at the Bordeaux final by winning for a third time in three runs!

​The Indoor Cross Country is going to feature Michael Jung who needs little introduction who will be riding his Stuttgart winner Corazon. He will  be opposed by the runner up last week in Paris, Britain's Laura Collett, as well as defending champion Sydney Dufresne who will hoping he does not repeat the fall he took at the French show.

​All in all a start studded show, which will be live streamed on the show website.

​You can find a list of all participants here

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