Published on June 22, 2023Updated on July 04, 2023
For over 15 years, the best riders in the world have met at the start of summer at Port Hercules located at the foot of the Prince's Palace right next to Le Rocher. Every year, this prestigious show jumping competition brings suspense and emotion to Monaco. Let's walk around the track and wonder who will become next year's champion after Austrian rider Max Kühner last year. Find out in 2023 when the summer season starts!
Monaco and horse-riding is more than just a match, it's a true love story! It all started over 15 years ago when Diane Fissore, President of the event, and Jan Tops, Olympic champion, came together to make Monaco join the Longines Global Champions Tour, the horse-riding world championship. Every year, the best riders on the planet take to the stage for three days at Port Hercules which turns into an equestrian stadium.
To make sure the event can run smoothly, the locals honor the name of the port with their Herculean effort. They bring tons of equestrian sand, turn the port into stables, care for the horses, etc. Monaco is the only place where you can admire top-level horse-riding surrounded by the most beautiful yachts in the world!
Take a seat in the stands to watch this grand event alongside H.S.H. Prince Albert II of Monaco as well as many other famous personalities who rush to watch the competition every year. Let the show begin! The amateur events are held during the day with the top-tier riders taking to the stage in the evening. The 30 best riders of the series as well as those with a “wild card” take part in the Grand Prix du Prince de Monaco.
Just like in the Formula 1 Grand Prix, this event is known worldwide for its short, narrow tracks and tight corners, but with many obstacles to overcome as well. Competitors therefore have to be on top of their game and display technical mastery and prowess to finish first and take the trophy. Whether you are new to horse-riding or an expert in the field, this event is sure to get your blood pumping!
Over the three days of competition, another prestigious event, sponsored by Charlotte Casiraghi, takes place: the Pro-Am Cup. Created in 2010, this unique relay race brings together professional and amateur riders in a breathtaking time-trial.In 2022, it was the pairing of Olivier Robert from France and Isabella Beecroft Luckett from the UK who won the competition.
Between two trials, the Monte-Carlo International Show Jumping event lets you meet the greatest names in the sport. Take a walk towards the Village shops and admire the horses and their riders next to the training paddock.
This equestrian escapade is also an opportunity to enjoy the many pleasures the Principality of Monaco has to offer. You can book a room at the Hôtel de Paris Monte-Carlo, Hôtel Hermitage Monte-Carlo, Monte-Carlo Beach or Monte-Carlo Bay Hotel & Resort. Go on a shopping spree at one of the luxury boutiques of the One Monte-Carlo, discover the mythical Place du Casino and enjoy the Casino Café de Paris and the Casino de Monte-Carlo, two iconic places for fun and games. Enjoy a delicious meal at one of Monaco's many Michelin-starred restaurants. Traditional, Mediterranean, contemporary or exotic cuisine: take a trip to the land of flavor to rival the strong emotions brought out by the Monte-Carlo International Show Jumping event.
At just 20 years old, Iñigo Lopez de la Osa Franco dreams of participating in the greatest equestrian events. Selected for Monaco's team at the Junior European Championships and Young Riders, he has already proven himself. He has also experienced the World Cup circuit during the CSI 5* events in Oslo, Helsinki, and Riyadh. Now, he is preparing with his mare Jade for the Monte-Carlo International Jumping competition. His goal is clear: to represent Monaco and rise to the summits of the equestrian world.
Eva Rey, a 16-year-old rider from Monaco, is setting the equestrian scene abuzz with her determination and dazzling talent. She's about to take on the world's best riders at the prestigious Longines Global Champions Tour of Monaco, ready to make Monaco's colors shine and write her name among the rising stars of equestrianism. Her story captivates hearts and inspires all those who dream of great equestrian feats.
Photo : Eva Rey