CHI Geneva

The CHI Geneva from 1991 to 1999

1991

First CSI-W to take place at Palexpo. Palexpo allows the competition to boast the world’s largest indoor arena while adding complimentary services such as a closely located hotel, an exhibitors village, two paddocks and stabling under the same roof. A new Director heads the organisation committee, Pierre E. Genecand. Philippe Rozier, riding for France and Waïti Oscar win first place, beating Markus Fuchs and Elmar Gundel in third position.

Meredith 1991 Meredith Michaels Beerbaum and the famous Quick Star in 1991 at Palexpo.

1997

Geneva not only welcomes Jumping but also opens its doors to host a Dressage leg in the World Cup Dressage. The Show-Jumping Final is won by the American Katie Monahan-Prudent on Belladonna, in front of Maria Gretzer on Feliciano and Urs Fäh on Jeremia. The Kür World Cup is won by the very talented Isabell Werth on Nobilis Amaretto for Germany, followed by her eternal Dutch rival Anky van Grunsven on Gestion Bonfire and the Danish, Anne Van Olst on Dempsey.

1999

New World Cup regulations limit the total number of participants in the World Cup Grand Prix to 18 riders. Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum wins the competition with Champion du Lys, beating both Malin Maryard on Cormint and Thomas Vlin on Carnute. The Kür World Cup is won by Ulla Salzgeber on Rusty, who gets the better of her compatriot Isabell Werth on Antony FRH, followed by Coby van Baalen on Olympic Ferro.

1992

The last minute guests of this year’s GP, the Belgian Philippe Lejeune on Shogun win the World Cup GP beating Stefan Lauber and Lugana II as well as Lesley McNaught-Mändli on Revanche.

1993

The popularity of Geneva’s CSI-W is demonstrated by the presence of over 23’000 spectators in 1993. The young and talented Rodrigo Pessoa on Loro Piana Special Envoy, wins the Volvo World Cup GP with Stefan Lauber on Lugagna II and Franke Sloothak on SP Weihaiwej taking second and third place respectively.

1994

Geneva is awarded second place behind Dortmund in the ranking of “Best Indoor Competiton”. The event’s popularity is again confirmed by a stunning 26’500people attending the event over the 4 days of competition. Holder of the Organiser’s Wild Card, the British horseman, James Fisher on Bowriver Queen wins the Volvo World Cup GP, beating the Suisse Beat Mändli and the French Michel Robert.

1996

The 18th Final of the Jumping World Cup is hosted in April 1996: a first ever for Switzerland. Palexpo welcomes over 51’000 spectators over the duration of the competition. Hugo Simon, on ET FRH, wins the final after battling out the table against Willi Melliger on Calvaro V. After the Olympic Games in Atlanta, the CHI-W Geneva is voted the “Best Indoor Competition” by the rider’s elite.

Geneva welcomes the usual annual leg in December. A special “revolving” event brings together two of the three finalists in the April World Cup Final, allowing Willi Melliger his revenge on Hugo Simon, taking first place. The World Cup GP is won by Germany’s For Pleasure and Lars Nieberg, in front of Alexandra Ledermann on Rochet M riding for France, and her compatriot, Franke Sloothaak on SP Corrado.

Geneva is awarded the right to host a Dressage leg of the World Cup Dressage circuit on 1997. A first!

1998

Geneva is on a roll and continues to offer World Cup level Jumping and Dressage. Isabell Werth (DE) takes first place on Antony FRH in the Kür World Cup, while in Show Jumping, Irelands Trevor Coyle, on Cruising triumphs over François Mathy Jr on Fior and Jean-Marc Nicolas on Vondeen in the World Cup after a breath-taking jump-off.

Hugo Simon et ET vainqueur de la finale de la Coupe du monde en 1996 à Genève Hugo Simon and ET winner of the World Cup Final in 1996 at the CHI Geneva.

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