The city of Paris rarely takes a bad picture, and the Saut Hermès at the Grand Palais horse show in the heart of the French capital is every bit a product of its elegant, storied setting.
The iconic, green-domed roof of the 1900 Beaux-Arts masterpiece has housed everything from impressionist art retrospectives, to wounded soldiers during its time as a WWI military hospital, to the headquarters of the French Resistance during the Liberation of Paris in 1944, when shots rained down from its windows upon an encroaching Nazi column. But one of the Grand Palais’ longest and most dedicated uses has been for equestrian sport.
From 1901-1957, the site was the home of annual riding competitions, a tradition that returned to the Grand Palais to great acclaim eight years ago in the form of Saut Hermès. Today, the show is contested by the most elite show jumpers on the international circuit, offering a new five-star puissance competition and an array of CSI 5* classes, including the Saut Hermès, the Talents Hermès, and the prestigious Grand Prix Hermès—last year won by Edwina Tops-Alexander.
If you won’t be able visit the Grand Palais this year in person, this stunning gallery by photographer Lucio Landa is the next best thing.