April 17, 2013

Saut Hermès, An Exceptional Equestrian Event

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Among so many legendary bags, iconic carrés and seasons upon seasons of chic clothes, it’s easy to forget that Hermès started out as an equestrian company, selling luxury leather products.

The French brand is proudly celebrating its roots and heritage, dating back to the 19th century, via an exceptional annual equestrian event. Reaching its fourth edition this year, the Saut Hermès took place over a period of three days, at the distinguished Grand Palais in Paris.

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Between April 12th and April 14th, the crème de la crème of riders gathered from around the world to compete for prizes totaling EUR 458,500, the event culminating with the Grand Prix Hermès competition.

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The event was open to the public and included exciting attractions, such as a vaulting show performed by Nicolas Andréani and Marina Joosten-Dupon, combining the art of riding with gymnastics and dance, a show blending together dressage and aerial acrobatics, performed by Cadre Noir de Samur, the French national riding school, in collaboration with aerial ballet team Elastonautes, an equestrian-themed photography exhibition by Jacques Henri Lartigue, as well as a pony club, a refreshment bar and a gift shop.

This year’s Saut Hermès edition also coincided with the launch of a new equestrian product – the Cavale saddle. The craftsmanship of Hermès artisans came together with the knowledge of professional rider Simon Delestre, resulting in an item just as beautiful and gracious as any Birkin bag.

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Photos courtesy of: en.vogue.fr, lucinbarriere.com, flavia.1923.blogspot.com