The horse-riding spectacle was a treat to witness.

Hermès organized the fourteenth edition of Saut Hermès, featuring many of the world’s best riders. They arrived in Paris for the event, which is one of the most prominent ones on the international equestrian calendar.

The Parisian house welcomed more than 75 riders from 20 different countries and over 130 horses to the Grand Palais Éphémère. The 55 riders in this CSI 5* competition – the highest category classified by the French Equestrian Federation (FFE) and the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) – and the 20 young promising talents participating in the Talents Hermès events for the under-25s will compete on the courses created by the course designer Santiago Varela Ullastres.

Courtesy of Hermès
Courtesy of Hermès
Courtesy of Hermès

By winning the Prix Hermès Sellier, the main class on this first day of the fourteenth edition of the Saut Hermès, Latvian Kristaps Neretnieks was the surprise champion ahead of the best riders in the world. In the Talents Hermès class, which is reserved for the U-25 riders, William Ligier de la Prade also took the win for France with Galilée.

However, it was French rider Edward Lévy who stole the show. He won the Prix du Grand Palais, the first event of the Saut Hermès, riding a 12-year-old French Saddle mare by the name of Confidence d’Ass. The rider secured a reference time of 22’’40, with his compatriot Julien finishing second with a time of 22’’86. Kevin Staut (23’’86) rounded off the all-French podium.

“It’s fantastic to be able to begin a competition like this, especially here in Paris, at the Saut Hermès. When I came across Julien (Anquetin) in the paddock, he teased me and said, ‘go ahead and try.’ I immediately got into a very good stride at the first oxer, and I tried to maintain the same rhythm. My mare really lends herself to this type of event. She’s incredible and is often at the top of the leader board. She’s a genius in her category. She belongs to my farrier and his wife and arrived in my stables at the end of the year at 7 years of age. Her heart is bigger than her, and she has an extraordinary amount of respect! We have a lot of fun together.”

– Edward Lévy
Source: Hermès

William Ligier de la Prade took the win in the first of the three Talents Hermès events, a competition reserved for riders aged under 25. Riding Galilée, a 12-year-old sBs mare, the 19-year-old rider gave the field a masterful lesson in horsemanship. He finished ahead of Argentinean rider Matias Larocca and Belgian rider Mathieu Guéry.

“It was a wonderful way to kickstart the weekend. I hadn’t really planned to go for gold, but I was into a great stride pattern, so I continued to up my game and gallop. My mare is very quick over the ground, which helps a lot. I know her by heart, almost. We really get on well. I just need to give her the right signs, and she does what is asked of her. As young riders, we’re lucky to be able to take part in an event like this and to get to ride this course.”

– William Ligier de la Prade

To add to the charm of the event, as the Director of Creation and Olfactory Heritage at Hermès Parfums, Christine Nagel devised a fragrance inspired by the essence of the Saut Hermès and her encounter with the horse Hermès, Ryan. Named Paddock, this perfume encapsulates the unique ambiance of the Saut, blending botanical and woody amber notes into a harmonious olfactory experience.

Paddock epitomizes the spirit of the competition, serving as a tribute to the passion for the sport, specifically crafted to commemorate the 2024 Edition of the event. Its packaging, characterized by clean lines and minimalist design, complements the fragrance’s essence and appeal seamlessly.

Visit hermes.com for all information.

Franco-Lebanese luxury industry enthusiast, Aya Mechelany, writes features across all editorial pillars of KHAMSA. With the goal of finding contemporary & cool subjects from her own personal experience, as well as her passions and inspirations, Aya deep dives into various subjects to inspire and excite like-minded readers.