Watch live: Saut Hermès in Paris, and Karen Polle joins Hermès as partner rider

Karen Polle in France in 2017
Credit : Scoopdyga

Friday 16 March - 16h42 | Ian Clayton

Watch live: Saut Hermès in Paris, and Karen Polle joins Hermès as partner rider

The ninth edition of the CSI 5* Saut Hermès has begun at the Grand Palais in Paris, and you can watch live online. See below.   

 - Watch live: Saut Hermès in Paris, and Karen Polle joins Hermès as partner rider

U-25 horse and rider entering the ring at Grand Palais today
Credit : Scoopdyga

This weekend’s Show Jumping competition at the Grand Palais will culminate in Sunday afternoon’s Grand Prix and will also feature performances of ‘Récréation’, equestrian choreography by Bartabas, founder and artistic director of the Versailles Academy of Equestrian Arts.

As the description of the original artistic pieces puts it, “There is no human presence in the arena; 70 young Welsh ponies play the leading roles. In total freedom, they communicate through their bodies, respond to each other, and play.”

In other news from the event, Japanese-born, American-raised rider Karen Polle, who rides for Japan, has joined the 20-strong stable of Hermès partner riders. The 26-year-old student of Rodrigo Pessoa has had growing success at the elite level in recent years, notably with long-time partner With Wings.

Polle, a graduate of Yale University, is Hermès' first Japanese rider, and told the Calgary Herald at Spruce Meadows last year that she hopes to raise the profile of her sport in Japan in the lead-up to the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Watch the action live from Paris below. 

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