CHI Geneva

The CHI Geneva from 2008 to 2018

2008

The CHI-W Geneva is awarded, for the fourth time, the title of “Best Indoor Competition”. A new event is introduced by the organisers; the “Défi des Champions” brings together all the winners of the last Olympic Games, the European Championship, the Rolex World Cup as well as the Top 10. To add to the excitement, several other riders who earned their place through a successful year of competing are invited to participate. Steve Guerdat triumphs on Trésor making the Swiss public very proud, in front of Timothée Anciaume on Lamm de Fetan for Franche. The third place is won by Meredith Michaels Beerbaum on Le Mans. The honour guest, Olympic Champion Eric Lamaze raffles first place in the Rolex FEI World Cup Grand Prix, leaving second place to Steve Guerdat on Jalisca Solier and third place to Meredith Michaels Beerbaum on Shutterfly. The Olympic Champion by Team, the American Laura Kraut takes first place in the Grand Prix Credit Suisse on Miss Independent. The Australien Boyd Exell, who went on the win the Final in Göteborg, wins the Egger World Cup Grand Prix, followed by the French Driver Thibault Coudry and the Swiss, Daniel Würgler.

Finale Coupe du monde 2010 Marcus Ehning wins his 3rd World Cup Final in 2010 at the CHI Geneva. Ludger Beerbaum and the Swiss Pius Schwizer are 2nd.

26 avril 2013

Show Jumping enters a new era as of April 26th 2013. On this date, the Rolex Grand Slam saw the day. This new concept reunites three top class competitions; Aachen (GER), Calgary / Spruce Meadows (CAN) and Geneva (SWI). Tradition and passion is the motto of the Rolex Grand Slam, which can be compared to the Grand Chelem in tennis or golf. Riders have the possibility to win up to 1’000’000 EUROS for three successive wins in the Grand Prix, 500’000 EUROS for two successive wins and 250’000 euros for two wins in the same cycle. Details to be found here.

2013

The 2013 edition of the Concours Hippique International de Genève was the first under the flag of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, the Grand Chelem of show jumping that unites the CHIO of Aachen, the CSIO Calgary, Spruce Meadows and CHI Geneva. The victory of this first Grand Chelem disputed in Geneva was won by the local favorite, the Olympic champion, Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets. The Jura born rider took first place in front of world ranked number one, Scott Brash (Hello Sanctos) and the Frenchman, Simon Delestre (Qlassic Bois Margot). The 53rd edition of the CHI Geneva also welcomed the 3rdedition of the Champions Challenge© presented by Rolex. After the Swiss victories in 2008 (Steve Guerdat and Trésor) and in 2011 (Pius Schwizer on Ulysse), it was the American anthem that was played this year thanks to the victory of Kent Farrington and Blue Angel. The night before, Kent Farrington had already shown us his talent by winning the Credit Suisse Grand Prix on Willow. The main class on Thursday was won by Hans-Pieter Dreher and Colore. In driving, Boyd Exell was victorious of his 6th consecutive win in the Geneva Cup, while the Swiss champion Jérôme Voutaz takes 4th place with his Franches-Montagnes. The best rider of the competition was awarded to the Frenchman Aymeric de Ponnat who rode brilliantly during the four days. The farewell ceremony that took place on Saturday evening for Jalisca Solier, Steve Guerdat’s precious mare, was too, a powerful moment of the competition. Welcoming the Garde républicaine française as our main attraction was another highlight of this year’s edition. 2013, with the number of spectators soaring over 40’000 people for the first time in the history of the CHI Geneva (notwithstanding the World cup finals in 2010).

2014

Some 41’000 spectators attended over 4 days at the 54th edition of the Concours Hippique International in Geneva. The classes, extremely high quality celebrated beautiful winners. The 14th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, hosted for the tenth time in Geneva, welcomed the victory of the number one worldwide, Scott Brash with his fabulous Hello Sanctos. Patrice Delaveau and Lacrimoso and Steve Guerdat with Paille completed the podium. On Saturday, two classes were qualifier for the Grand Prix Rolex. The Coupe de Genève was won by the Swedish Henrik von Eckermann and Gotha, while Martin Fuchs and PSG Future won the Credit Suisse Geneva Classic. Finally, Sunday, the Grand Prix Rolex, one of the three classes of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping was won by the world number one Scott Brash and his 12th year old gelding Hello Sanctos. The winners were ahead of the French rider Roger-Yves Bost and Qoud’Coeur de la Loge and the Swedish rider Rolf-Göran Bengtsson with Casall. First Swiss rider, the Jura based rider Alain Jufer finished sixth with his stallion Wiveau. The FEI World Cup Driving was won once again by the Australian Boyd Exell, ahead of the Swiss Jérôme Voutaz and his franches-montagnes. Finally, the first edition of the indoor cross country presented by Rolex kept all its promises. In front of sold-out and enthusiastic public. The French rider Eddy Sans and his gelding Nankin de la Hurie won the class.

2015

The 55th Geneva International Horse Show, 10th-13th December 2015, was a rich mix of very high-level sport and emotional moments. For the first time in its history, CHI Geneva staged seven disciplines. Show jumping topped the bill, but spectators were also thrilled by the competitors' performances in the Driving World Cup presented by RTS, and in the Indoor Cross-country presented by Rolex, and they appreciated the demonstrations of dressage, vaulting, horseball and para-equestrianism presented by Suva. For the 40,500 spectators who visited Palexpo, it was a chance to discover a broad palette of what equestrian sport can offer. This 2015 edition climaxed with the Rolex Grand Prix, one of the three legs of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. Victory was claimed by the Olympic champion Steve Guerdat on Nino de Buissonnets, putting the Swiss rider on course to win the Grand Slam, a feat achieved by Scott Brash last season with Hello Sanctos. The next Major will be on 17th July in Aachen, followed by that of Calgary-Spruce Meadows on 11th September. The Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final was held in Geneva for the 11th time in its history. This 15th edition was won by Kent Farrington on Voyeur, the first American to secure this prized title. Frenchman Simon Delestre with Hermès Ryan des Hayettes was second (and 2nd too in the Rolex Grand Prix with Qlassic Bois Margot), with German Daniel Deusser riding First Class into third. Roger-Yves Bost also made his mark on this edition with Sydney Une Prince. The 2013 European Champion pulled off the double win of the Credit Suisse Grand Prix and the Credit Suisse Geneva Classic, two of the main competitions of CHI Geneva. Introduced in 2014, the Indoor Cross-country presented by Rolex was back on the programme in 2015. One of a kind in Switzerland, it brought together some of the great names of the discipline and saw Sidney Dufresne and Looping de Buissy victorious. In the Driving World Cup, Boyd Exell showed once again how comfortable he feels at Palexpo, with his 8th success in as many appearances. It should be noted that CHI Geneva was voted top show jumping event in the world for the 7th time in 2015. Appropriate recognition indeed for the almost 30-strong organisation committee and around 700 volunteers, without whom the event quite simply could not take place.

Pedro Veniss Pedro Veniss and Quabri de l'Isle.

2017

From 7 to 10 December 2017, the CHI Geneva welcomed four disciplines for the second year in a row. The best riders and the best horses in the world were present ; 42'000 spectors were therefore able to enjoy for days of top sport. This 57th edition was marked by the presence of World no. 1's Kent Farrington (jumping), Isabell Werth (dressage), Boyd Exell (driving) and Michael Jung (eventing). 

These no. 1's performed according to their rank. In dressage, Isabelle Werth was victorious in the Kür with Don Johnson FRH. As for driving, Boyd Exell won for the tenth time in a row here in Geneva, including the 2010 Final. Michael Jung was the only one settling for the second place in the Indoor Cross presented by Tribune de Genève. Indeed, the german rider who also rode in the 5* classes  was beaten by no less than olympic champion Karim Laghouag.

And lastly Kent Farrington ends the weekend on a perfect note by winning the Rolex Grand Prix, one of four legs of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. The US rider was also the best in Friday's Credit Suisse Grand Prix.

Another highlight on Sunday 9, on the day he was elected president of the IJRC, Kevin Staut triumphs in the 17th Top 10 Rolex IJRC Final.

Last but not least, the CHIG was named Best Show in the World for the 9th time and wlecomed a team show-class, won by the Elite team. 

Kent Farrington Kent Farrington

2009

The CSI-W Geneva becomes the CHI-W Geneva. No show that year in December because of the World Cup final hosted by Geneva in April 2010.

2010

An emotionally packed edition for Geneva as the month of April welcomes the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final for the second time, the first dating back to 1996. In parallel, Geneva is also granted the Driving World Cup Final. The German, Marcus Ehning on Plot Blue and Noltes Küchengirl wins the Jumping in front of his compatriot Ludger Beerbaum on Gotha, tying second place with the Swiss Pius Schwizer on Ulysse X and Carlina. The Australian Boyd Exell takes first place in the Driving. Unforgettable moments, indelibly fixed in everyone’s mind with over 50’000 visitors vibrating to the show over a full packed 5 days of sport with a capital S!

Just eight months later, Geneva hosts its Annual leg of the World Cup, the 50th edition from December 9th to December 12th. The competition also welcomes the 10th Top 10 final which is won by Steve Guerdat on his loyal Jalisca Solier, beating Dennis Lynch competing in his first ever Top 10 and the Olympic champion Eric Lamaze on Hickstead. The Rolex FEI World Cup is won by the current World Champion, Kevin Staut on Silvana de Hus. As for Boyd Exell, he yet again anchors his name in history during the Driving World Cup. A blast from the past with the return of the “Prix des Etendard”, a World class event, coming back to entertain the public. Kevin Staut and Pénélope Leprévost performing a pas-de-deux, Steve Guerdat jumping with a mule, Eric Lamaze driving a Shetland pony and Markus Fuchs, disguised as a clown, giving a dressage class to his brother. The 50th edition of the CHI-W Geneva – uniting sport with entertainment!

2011

The Swiss anthem sounds loudly at the end of the “Défi des Champions”, 100.0% made in Geneva. After Steve Guerdat’s victory in 2008, it is Pius Schwizer’s turn to take the trophy home. The Lucernois wins the challenge on Ulysse in front of the elegant, Pénélope Leprévost from France on Maestro de la Loge and the Canadian Eric Lamaze on Herald.

The Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final, hosted on Sunday, sees Alvaro Miranda granted first place on AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan, a first ever for him in Geneva.

To add to the success of this edition, Geneva is awarded once again “Best Indoor Competition”.

2012

The 52nd edition in Geneva was again host to the Top 10 Rolex IJRC final. The class brings together the ten best riders on the globe. After two heart racing rounds, victory shone on the German rider, Christian Ahlmann with Taloubet Z, who became world number one after this win. Edwina Tops Alexander took second place on the podium with the amazing Itôt du Château and Kevin Staut was third for France on Silvana. In the Rolex World Cup Grand Prix that took place on Sunday, Edwina Tops Alexander from Australia took her revenge on Friday’s second place by winning the GP on Itôt du Château. The Spaniard, Sergio Alvarez Moya was second on the great Carlo, the German Hans-Dieter Dreher taking third place on Magnus Romeo. On the Swiss side, Steve Guerdat, crowned Olympic champion four months earlier, finished 9th on Nino des Buissonets due to an unfortunate over time penalty point. The newly introduced Credit Suisse Geneva Classic class was won by Alvaro de Miranda and AD Ashleigh Drossel Dan, the wining couple of the World Cup stage in 2011 in Palexpo. The prize for best rider of this year edition was given to Richard Spooner from America who won the Credit Suisse Grand Prix on Cristallo. Once again, the Australian Boyd Exell wins the World Cup Driving.

En 2013, Steve Guerdat et Nino des Buissonnets remportent le premier Grand Prix du Grand Chelem à se disputer au CHI de Genève. Steve Guerdat and Nino des Buissonnets the first winner of the Grand Slam Grand Prix held in Geneva.

Scott Brash réalise le doublé Top 10-Grand Prix lors du CHI de Genève 2014 avec Hello Sanctos. Scott Brash won the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final and the Rolex Grand Slam Grand Prix at the CHI Geneva 2014.

Le premier Cross Indoor présenté par Rolex connaît un immense succès en 2014. La double championne du monde Sandra Auffahrt est au départ de cette épreuve unique en Suisse. Great success for the first Indoor Cross Country presented by Rolex. The double world champion Sandra Auffahrt took part in this class.

2016

CHI Geneva 2016, held between 8th and 11th December, was the 90th edition of this event that began back in 1926. To mark this anniversary, for the first time in its history competitions were held in four disciplines. Show jumping, indoor cross-country and driving were joined by dressage – back after a 15-year absence – for four days of competition at the CHI, voted the world's top equestrian event for the 8th time. So, a rich and varied programme awaited spectators, ending with the retirement of Nino des Buissonnets, 2012 Olympic champion ridden by Steve Guerdat and twice winner of the Rolex Grand Prix of Geneva. An emotionally charged finale. A record 42,000 spectators visited the world's largest indoor arena to cheer on the best in the world. The Rolex Grand Prix, one of three legs of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, was won by Brazilian Pedro Veniss on Quabri de l'Isle, in the greatest victory of his career to date. The next leg of the 34-year-old rider's Grand Slam push is the Major of Aachen (GER) on 23rd July, with the Spruce Meadows “Masters” of Calgary (CAN) on 10th September. Isabell Werth, the rider with the highest-ever number of dressage titles, aced the competitions in her discipline with Emilio, winning both the Grand Prix presented by Jiva Hill Stables and the Freestyle to Music. As for the indoor cross-country, Sidney Dufresne carried off the double in fine style, repeating his success of 2015 with Looping de Buissy. The 16th Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final was another highlight, the Canadian anthem heard for the first time to honour Eric Lamaze on Fine Lady, the mare introduced at Geneva in 2015. Second place went to German Christian Ahlmann on Taloubet Z, and third to Steve Guerdat riding Corbinian. The event's “Best Rider”, Belgian Jérôme Guery, won the Credit Suisse Geneva Classic, with Kent Farrington taking the honours in the Credit Suisse Grand Prix. There were no surprises in driving, with Boyd Exell winning this round of the World Cup, and celebrating his 9th Geneva success in as many appearances.

Nino Farewell of Nino des Buissonnets.

2018

The Geneva International Horse Show (CHIG) of 6-9 December 2018 once again pulled off
the challenge of presenting an equestrian festival hosting four disciplines: show jumping,
always the core of the event; driving, with a World Cup round; dressage at 5* level; and the
sole indoor cross-country race in Switzerland. CHIG spectators were thus guaranteed to see
the world’s best riders and drivers in action.
For a start there was local lad Steve Guerdat, the true star of Palexpo, who jumped clear with
Alamo to take his second Top 10 Final presented by Rolex and the IJRC. He almost
managed to repeat this superb performance in the Rolex Grand Prix, counting towards the
Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping. He was however thwarted by the fervour and speed of
German rider Marcus Ehning and the aptly named Prêt à Tout – ready for anything! Ehning
won the Aachen Major in July 2018, so Geneva became his second win in the same cycle of
the Rolex Grand Slam. He ended up ahead of Steve Guerdat and his mare Albfuehren's
Bianca, with Irish rider Darragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon third.
The first high point of the CHIG, the Geneva Trophy (a world ranking competition and Rolex
Grand Prix qualifier), was won by Daniel Deusser from Germany with Calisto Blue. The
Geneva Cup and the Credit Suisse Challenge were won respectively by Switzerland’s Pius
Schwizer (About A Dream) and American Kent Farrington (Creedance). On the programme
for the second consecutive year, the Youth Challenge presented by Swiss Team Trophy
went to the “All Stars” team ahead of the M21 riders.
Who could beat Boyd Exell? The question was on everyone’s lips at the start of the sole
Swiss round of the FEI Driving World Cup, presented by Radio Télévision Suisse. And once
again, the Australian proved his supremacy: eleven participations in the Geneva competition
and eleven wins! In dressage, the discipline’s undisputed queen of all time, Isabell Werth,
could only manage second behind her compatriot and fellow world team champion, Jessica
von Bredow-Werndl with her mare TSF Dalera BB. German riders monopolised most of the
top places in the Freestyle to Music presented by Jiva Hill Stables.
British rider Alexander Bragg and his mount, Alcatraz, have long believed that the Indoor
Cross-country presented by the Tribune de Genève would be theirs again one day, and their
performance certainly delighted the spectators. Nevertheless, world silver-medallist Padraig
McCarthy from Ireland, riding Rosamber Lancuest in his very first indoor cross-country race,
shouldered the Brit aside to win by a mere two hundredths of a second.

Prêt à Tout & Marcus Ehning - Winner of the Rolex Grand Prix Prêt à Tout & Marcus Ehning - Winner of the Rolex Grand Prix

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