Pau is part of the very exclusive club of 7 CCI 5*-Ls in the world, and closes the season. Here is the list of riders who will wear the colors of France for the 33rd edition of the 5 Étoiles de Pau. The French delegation will be present in force with regulars from international podiums.
Cedric Lyard and the Anglo-Arab One de’ Or (Yarlands Summer Song and Fée du Logis, AA), 9th last year, Luc Château (11th in Badminton) and Troubadour Camphouxreturned in good shape after their loss at Badminton, Especially Livius (winner in Pau in 2016) and the stallion Carouzo Bois Marotin7th last year, and who ranks 6th in Lexington. Gaspard Means will be present with two horses, Zaragozawho participated in the bronze medal for the French team during the European Pin and Kan-Do 2 championships, a young 9-year-old gelding for whom this will be the first 5* and who has never competed in France.
Gireg Le Coz and his gelding SF Caramel d’Orchis (Snaike de Blondel), who competed in the CCI5*-L in Luhmühlen (Ger) in June. Arthur Marx will be there with Church’Ile (Grafenstolz) which he gave birth to, for the second time on the slopes of Pau, without forgetting Florian Ganneval et Blue Bird de Beaufour will take their revenge for their elimination from last year’s cross country and Camille Lejeune/Lady of Hearts Tardonne9th in the CCI4*-L at Kronenberg (Ned) and 2nd in the CCI4*-S at Jardy in July.
However, the international competition should be tough… The complete list of competitors for a 2023 edition which promises to be thrilling will be revealed within a few days.
And to come and encourage the riders at the edge of the track, a -10% offer is available on all ticket sales. It’s here: 5etoilesdepau.festik.net/fr-fb
Only 7 competitions in the world have obtained the 5*-L label, which represents the highest sporting level existing in equestrian sports. Crossing the finish line of one of them is a real consecration for the riders, and Pau is thus one of these rare legendary events.
The 7 CCI5*-Ls in the world:
– Badminton horse trials (Royaume-Uni),
– Burghley horse trials (Royaume-Uni),
– Lexington-Kentucky three-day event (United States),
– Fair Hill-Maryland 5* (UNITED STATES),
– Adelaide horse trials (Australie),
– Luhmühlen horse trials (Allemagne)
– 5* from Pau (France)
The international end-of-season meeting
Each year, the Pau slopes bring together the best eventing riders in the world, who come to close the high-level season. Who will succeed New Zealander Jonelle Price and Grappa Nera, victorious in 2022? She should return to defend her title, but she will have to face particularly tough competition… Indeed, less than a year before the Paris Olympic Games, the nations should line up their star couples, but also their outsiders, in order to make their pre-selection for one of the most demanding international events on the planet. A podium in Pau can reshuffle the cards for 2024…
The British in force, the French in ambush
After their resounding victories at the Olympic Games and the European Championships, there is no doubt that the British will start as favorites. Accustomed to the lands of Pau, the English riders will certainly give everything, not only to add one more prestigious victory to their list of achievements, but also to secure their place in the team which will be sent to Paris in 2024.
But we will also have to reckon with the French. Even if their victories in Pau go back
a few years ago, they were able to keep up with their competitors from across the Channel during all the last major events: we particularly highlight the magnificent performance
by Karim-Florent Laghouag, second in Pau in 2022 with Triton Fontaine, and the bronze medals brought back by the French team during the last Olympic Games and European Championships.
The 5 Etoiles de Pau is also an event for the whole family:
• The 4 Nations Tournament: international horseball tournament
• Exhibitor village and gourmet corner with food trucks and artisan producers
• Numerous activities for all ages and all audiences
C. Robert with press release
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