[Meet the riders] Steve Guerdat
The best Swiss show jumping rider, Olympic Champion in London, and world No. 1 since January, Steve Guerdat will undoubtedly be present at the Longines Masters in Lausanne, in front of his home audience.
How do you feel about the upcoming Longines Masters in Lausanne, the city of Olympism?
It's a new competition, so I'm waiting to see what it will look like, but I know that Christophe Ameeuw [editor's note: EEM’s CEO and creator of the Longines Masters series] can be trusted to make it a very beautiful event. We are always delighted to have one event more in Switzerland.
Friday evening's event, a Scale A with jump-off, will be run in front of the IOC members: will it be a special and important moment for you to show your sport to this Olympic assembly? Do you think this can help to strengthen the presence of equestrian sports in the Olympic program?
I think that's a great idea! Our sport has a lot to offer, especially when people come to see it in person. If this can help to strengthen its presence in the mind of the Olympic Committee, it is a very good thing.
Should you have the opportunity to give these people three strong arguments to strengthen the place of show jumping and riding at the Olympic Games, what would you tell them?
There would be so much to say. This sport is so beautiful and so difficult! I would say fairness, the animal, and the surprise of the result. In our sport, there are so many different pairs who can claim a medal, unlike other sports where it is always the same ones who win.
How will you prepare for this Longines Masters in Lausanne, and what will your objectives be?
Even if I take my best horses to Calgary at the beginning of June, I will still be at the Longines Masters in Lausanne. I don't know if I can claim a win in the Grand Prix, but I will obviously try to do well in all the other CSI5* events!