A warning to lovers of horse shows : Hermès will stage its next horse jumping at the Grand Palais, in Paris, on 16, 17 and 18 March 2012.
For the third edition of this event, Hermès will be welcoming the world’s top 35 riders. They will take part in the nine events of a show-jumping competition graded CSI 5*.
At the end of the day, the spectators will enjoy an equestrian show.
It’s no surprise that Hermès chose the Grand Palais to host the Saut. In fact, it was to stage this type of event that the Nave was originally designed, with no supporting pillars to obstruct the view or the horses. From the start of the 20th century to 1957, carriage driving, speed, show jumping and other equestrian events were held right here at the heart of Paris.
The gallery of the Grand Palais will be dedicated to a saddlery workshop, where craftspeople will present their professional know-how. Indeed, the house wants to practise its original activity, that is maintained at 24 Faubourg Saint-Honoré. When automotive industry appeared, the manufacture founded by Thierry Hermès in 1837 adapted its creations to luggage and other leather goods. It started designing vehicle wraps for cars, and more recently for helicopters and boats.
Nathalia Bienvenu-Kapferer, March 2012
Translation : Sandrine Barrucand
Photo credits : Hermès, Frédéric Chehu