Photos: Jumping International Monte-Carlo arrives in Monaco

The 18th edition of the Jumping International de Monte-Carlo got underway in Port Hercule on Thursday with the Pro-Am Cup, a prelude to the competitive action on Friday and Saturday.

Ominous clouds clinging to the cliffs of the Principality threatened to spoil the first day of the prestigious equestrian event, but despite the rumbling of thunder in the distance, conditions remained dry, albeit humid.

There was a feeling of the calm before the storm on Thursday 29th June. The first day is the more relaxed of the three days of competition, and local Monegasque riders took to the course in the morning before the Pro-Am Cup later in the day as spectators, curious to view the Longines Global Champions Tour event, came and went.

The image of a horse cantering around La Rascasse cuts a stark contrast to the outward perception of the Principality, which is renowned for its Formula One Grand Prix, but equestrianism, over the years, has become a staple in Monaco’s calendar.

The action continues on Friday and Saturday. The Global Champions League will take place on the former, and the final day of jumping will see the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of the Prince of Monaco winner crowned. The €1.5m prize is one of the highest in the world.


Read more:

From a Princely hobby horse to a renowned international setting: A brief history of equestrianism in Monaco


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All photos by Luke Entwistle, Monaco Life