Under the saddle of Pedro Veniss, the stunning Selle Français stallion Quabri de l’Isle (Kannan - Dinastie de l’Isle x Socrate de Chivre) won the coveted Rolex Grand Slam of Showjumping Grand Prix in Geneva yesterday (Sunday, December 11), ahead of an elite international field. The Brazilian international now begins his road to the Rolex Grand Slam that will take him to Aachen next summer in a bid to win a second leg in this prestigious series. At Spruce Meadows, Calgary, in September 2015, Britain’s Scott Brash became the first rider to complete the extraordinary feat of winning three of the world’s most challenging Grand Prix classes and claimed the one million euros bonus. His road also began in Geneva.
Born in 2004, Quabri de l’Isle was an eyecatcher as a member of the Brazilian team at the 2015 Pan American Games in Toronto, not only for his handsome looks – the darkest liver chesnut with flaxen highlights in his mane and tail – but for his boundless enthusiasm and crowd-pleasing nature. Bred by Etienne Poisson, Quabri qualified for the five-year-old young horses final in Fontainbleau, France, in 2009 and, just last September, anchored the Brazilian team that clinched victory in the Longines Challenge Cup in Barcelona – the final leg in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™showjumping series, with the only clear round of the competition.
Following his Geneva victory Veniss said: “It is the best thing ever, the biggest achievement in my career! My horse, Quabri de l’Isle, already juped fantastically in the first round, simply phenomenal. So I placed all my best on one card and risk everything. What shall I say? My horse played along perfectly and in the end everything fell into place. It was simply our day”. Photo: Pedro Veniss on the road to Aachen (Rolex-Houghton)