Season 2011


  • Cannes
  • 9-11 June 2011

Glamorous gala evening under the stars in Cannes

Release date: 01/01/1970

The celebrations of the 30th anniversary of Cannes Jumping International started with a spectacular gala cocktail party yesterday evening. A thousand or more hot shots, from across different sectors, mixed it with the Global Champions Tour riders and officials.

Francois Bourey (centre flanked by sons Jean-Guillaume,(left) and Benjamin (Right)

President of Cannes Jumping International, Francois Bourey was the super host for the evening and had left no stone unturned to make sure it was a truly enjoyable affair.

Guests took the opportunity to wander with champagne in hand along the carpeted pier.  The area was sidelined by luxury boats moored on one side and a plethora of luxury products and artwork on the other.  

Jaeger-LeCoultre, major sponsors of the Global Champions Tour, featured a display of timepieces, including the Reverso watch that celebrates its 80th anniversary this year. Riders had the opportunity to see the timepiece that is on offer as a winning prize for the Grand Prix of Cannes, France.

Food stations offering hors d’oevres, tapas, sushi, Italian food and locally produced wines were dotted in between the high-end product displays. A vocalist danced and sang his way through the crowd providing the musical ambiance for the evening.

The thousand of manicured guests were then invited to wander up the concourse to watch the spectacular fireworks and were treated to a wonderful artistic dance and liberty horse display. 


The evening was hailed unanimously as one of the absolute social scene highlights of the Global Champions Tour this year. 

Francoise Bourey and Jan Tops

More images available in the gallery section of this website. 

Photo credits Stefano Grasso/GCT