Grand Prix Hermès jump competition

DARK HORSE: Hermès loves horses — day and night. As if to prove its point, the luxury firm has added an evening event to its annual show jumping event in Paris.

The spring edition, its eighth, is to feature a “poetic spectacle” by equestrian stuntman Mario Luraschi.

The evening session will feature a new speed challenge as well as the premiere of Luraschi’s new performance created in collaboration with the dramaturge Florient Azoulay, titled “Don Quixote’s Dream.”

In addition to the professional riders, 20 young hopefuls will be given the chance to compete in a separate category.

Saut Hermès, scheduled for March 17 to 19, brings together 50 of the world’s highest-ranking show jumpers for three days of competition on the floor of the luminous Grand Palais.

The glass-domed Grand Palais is better known as the host of countless fashion shows every season and the annual FIAC art fair. Earlier this week, Victoria’s Secret brought top supermodels from around the globe to stage its annual fashion and music spectacle — the lingerie giant’s first in Paris.

By renewing the Saut Hermès show at Grand Palais, the house said in a statement it was “confirming its will to create a top sporting event and to give the horse its place in the heart of Paris.”