Saut Hermès 2018

Australia’s top equestrians are making their mark at Paris’s prestigious Saut Hermès held each year in the Grand Palais.

For three days – this year March 16, 17 and 18 –  millions of euros worth of art make way for millions of euros of equine champions, and the magical glass Palais becomes a jumping arena.

The event, with nearly 800,000 euros of prize money,  attracts the world’s best. This year three Australians competed, headed by Edwina Tops-Alexander, who is based in Holland, but still competes with Australian colours.  She was joined by Billy Raymond and Jamie Kermond.

Edwina Tops-Alexander, winner of the Grand Prix Hermès last year, made it to the final round on the big bay gelding Inca Boy, co-owned with Athena Onassis, but not into the prize money.

In 2015 it was another Australian on the podium, with Amy Graman joining with champion French rider Julian Epaillard to win Le Saut Hermes, and coming second in the Grand Prix Hermès.

Billy Raymond, who topped the Australian World Cup showjuming Series, will represent Australia again on April 11  in Paris at the Longines FEI World Cup finals.