DREAMS at the Grand Palais

The theme of the tenth Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais, on 22nd, 23rd and 24th March 2019, is dreams: dreams of surpassing oneself, dreams of surprise and excitement, dreams of sharing unforgettable moments with the audience.

Photo credit © Frédéric Chéhu. Press information Saut Hermès 2019.

In the nave of the Grand Palais, riders and horses are get¬ting ready. It is no coincidence that Hermès has chosen dreams as the annual theme for 2019.

At Hermès, dreams are shared and enchant the everyday. And if there is an event that expresses this to perfection, it is the tenth Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais. It promises to be rich in excitement, provided by fifty of the world’s finest riders and twenty international rising stars.

Marcus Ehning – Calanda 42 © Frédéric Chéhu

In show jumping, there is a very special moment when the horse gathers momentum as if preparing for take-off. For barely a second, as it clears the fence, its four hooves are off the ground. This precise instant is called the “airborne phase” and the higher the fence, the longer this time in flight lasts. The fences at a CSI 5* competition are an astounding 1.6 metres in height. And under the glass roof of the Grand Palais, each athlete flies with the lightness and power of Pegasus.

Saut Herms 2017 © Frédéric Chéhu

The winged horse is never far away at Hermès. Over these three days it leaves its mark on every memorable moment in the arena with the performers in the equestrian show L’Envol, performed by Lorenzo and a talented string orchestra.

Prix du Grand Palais – Prix Hermès sellier vendredi © Frédéric Chéhu

Watching over the spirit of the competition, the majestic Pegasus by the artist Christian Renonciat spreads its wings. And anyone who dreams of flying through the air above Paris does not have to be a virtuoso vaulter or high-level horseman, because whatever your age, Hermès will carry you away for an exciting flight of fantasy on Pegasus’ back via virtual reality. As if in a dream, your feet are no longer on the ground but flying high towards the stars…

© Frédéric Chéhu

For ten years, in this very nave, we have assembled seating, brought in sand, built obstacles, welcomed the horse and the rider, and offered it all up to an audience of connoisseurs and novices.
This year, this very special edition, has led me to reflect on the joy of repetition. In high-level sport such as we see here today, repetition is at the very heart of training, as training is at the heart of success. Musicians and actors do it too, so that the symphony, the scene, or the big jump are tirelessly rehearsed until the day of execution, of performance, of success.

AXEL DUMAS, Chief Executive Officer of Hermès
Therese Stub Alhaug
Therese Stub Alhaug


Therese is the editor of Equilife, and is truly dedicated to equestrian sports and horses. She started riding as a little girl, and enjoys her free time with her two horses back home. Portrait interview is her favorite topic, as it has the gift to inspire others through peoples stories, knowledge, training and general life-philosophy, and certainly, their lives with horses.

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