Geneva, 3 July 2023 – The podium of the 2023 Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen was an all-German affair with Marcus Ehning riding Stargold to victory and adding a third equestrian Major title to his stellar career. Second place went to Rolex Testimonee and fellow countryman Daniel Deusser riding Killer Queen VDM, with third place going to compatriot Philipp Weishaupt riding Zineday.
Ehning is now the new live contender of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping with the next Major being the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament, taking place in Calgary in September. Considered the sport’s ultimate challenge, the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is a prize awarded to the rider who wins consecutive Majors at three of the world’s four most historic shows, namely The Dutch Masters, the CHIO Aachen, the CSIO Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament and the CHI Geneva.
Rolex’s affiliation with CHIO Aachen spans over 20 years, with the brand having been a Main Sponsor of the event since 1999. Frank Rothenberger’s expertly designed Rolex Grand Prix course required the world’s top horse and rider combinations to exhibit accuracy, athleticism and courage to conquer the immense challenge presented to them on the famous Aachen Soers showground.
Twelve of the 40 starters jumped clear in the first round, with only five of those achieving the double clear required to progress through to the jump-off. While Deusser was first to achieve a triple clear much to the delight of the 40,000-strong CHIO Aachen crowd, it was Ehning who produced an impressive display of speed and precision to take home the victory.
10 year anniversary of the Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping
The first Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping Major took place at CHIO Aachen in 2013, making the 2023 edition the start of the 10-year anniversary celebrations, which will continue for a full-cycle of the series, culminating with The Dutch Masters in 2024.
ROLEX GRAND PRIX WINNERS
2023 *Marcus Ehning (GER), Stargold
2022 *Gerrit Nieberg (GER), Ben 431
2021 *Daniel Deusser (GER), Killer Queen VDM
2019 *Kent Farrington (USA), Gazelle
2018 *Marcus Ehning (GER), Pret A Tout
2017 *Gregory Wathelet (BEL), Coree
2016 *Philipp Weishaupt (GER), LB Convall
2015 *Scott Brash (GBR), Hello Sanctos
2014 *Christian Ahlmann (GER), Codex One
2013 *Nick Skelton (GBR), Big Star
2012 *Michael Whitaker (GER), GIG Amai
2011 *Janne-Friederike Meyer (GER), Cellagon Lambrasco
2010 *Eric Lamaze (CAN), Hickstead
2009 *Denis Lynch (IRL), Lantinus
2008 *Albert Zoer (NED), Sam
2007 *Elizabeth Madden (USA), Authentic
2006 *Marcus Ehning (GER), Noltes Küchengirl
2005 Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum (GER), Shutterfly
*Denotes Rolex Grand Prix
**Names in bold denote Rolex equestrian Testimonees