It’s the home straight before Compiègne’s Internationaux de dressage! From the 18th to the 20th of May, the cream of International dressage will be converging at the Grand Parc Equestrian Stadium for the only Nations Cup (CDIO 5* FEI Dressage Nations Cup®) held in this discipline in France. A top class show, that to the delight of riders and the general public, also hosts in parallel a 2* and a 3* CDI, Young Riders, Junior, Children and Pony classes. Entry and parking are free throughout the weekend.
3 days of competition, 1 screen of greenery, 7 categories, 20 classes, 7 teams in the CMNE CDIO 5* FEI Nations Cup®, 3 dressage arenas, 2 warm up areas, 190 horses, 20 countries, more than 170 riders… this is the programme for this not to be missed sporting event, organised for the 8th time by the Compiègne Équestre association, presided by Madame Monique Marini.
Adelinde Cornelissen (NED) in 2017 © Agence Ecary Second in the seven stage circuit, the Compiègne CMNE CDIO 5* can count on the presence of Belgium, Denmark, Great Britain (the winner here in 2017), the Netherlands, Sweden (the current Champions) and Switzerland, in addition to the home nation France. The American, Arlène Page, has also been selected to compete as an individual.
The Nations Cup teams, comprised of three or four horse/rider couples, confront each other in three classes: the Grand Prix on Saturday (disputed by all the teams), followed on Sunday by the Grand Prix Special (2 couples per nation selected by the Chef d’Equipe) and the Grand Prix Freestyle to music (the other team members).
France will be represented by Morgan Barbançon Mestre – a recent addition to the French team, becoming France’s leading rider – Marie-Émilie Bretenoux, Bertrand Liegard and Pierre Volla. Foreign representatives include the World number 4 Cathrine Dufour (DEN) with her striking Atterupgaards Cassidy, the World number 8 Patrik Kittel (SWE) who was fourth at the World Cup finals held in Paris last month and a familiar face at this Compiègne show, Hayley Watson-Greaves (GBR) victorious in the 2017 Grand Prix Freestyle and not forgetting the London silver medallist Adelinde Cornelissen (NED), to name just a few.
The CDI 3*, which takes place over three days with the Grand Prix on Friday, the Freestyle to music on Saturday and the Special on Sunday, attracts top class competitors not selected for the CDIO 5*, such as the very experienced Australian Mary Hanna entered with Boogie Woogie 6. It as well allows competitors to start their season or bring out new rides. Indeed, those present at Compiègne will be taking advantage of this event to prepare and fine tune their performances with September’s World Equestrian Games at Tryon (USA) in mind.
The CDI 2*, which is known as the “Small Tour”, gives up-and-coming competitors such as Spanish rider, Borja Carrascosa with his new mare Die Fuerstin VG, the chance to compete in Saint-Georges, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 1 Freestyle to music. The categories scheduled for the younger generations are a real rehearsal for tomorrow’s champions, before their Europeans Championships later in the year.
Classes or real interest to everyone, under the eagle eye of Ground Jury President Raphaël Saleh (FRA) accompanied by 19 other experienced international judges, and an event that already promises lots of fun and emotion for all ages whether they are lovers of the sport or just curious!
On the practical side, parking and entry are free throughout the weekend, there is an exhibitors’ village and a number of catering outlets. During the classes the movements are commented on, and tests can be followed in detail on big screens. Finally for those unable to make it to the venue, LIVE streaming will be available on Cheval TV.
Master list following this press release and on: www.compiegne-equestre.com/avant-programme/
Start-lists and results on: www.worldsporttiming.com/results/timing-1011.html
LIVE streaming on: www.chevaltv.fr