From the 18th to the 20th of May 2018, the elite of international dressage riders return to the Stade Équestre du Grand Parc, for the 8th Internationaux de dressage of Compiègne and the 3rd Concours de Dressage International Officiel – CMNE CDIO5* FEI Nations Cup. The show, held in the department of Oise, one of four meetings at this level on the World calendar and only French stopover amongst the six stages of the Nations Cup, already guarantees an excellent three days of spectacle !
An unmissable event
The very best dressage riders on the planet will be travelling to Compiègne, where they return with pleasure each year, praising the impressive organisation presented by the Compiègne Équestre Association.
Won by Great Britain in 2017, the French stop of the Nations Cup again promises its fair share of surprises with the presence of around ten nations and the very best French riders, all awaited for a true contest of elegance, skill and technique. Whether it’s with an individual or a team objective, in both cases they’re going to have to show their entire talent in order to win over the 23 international judges familiar with prestigious meetings.
With the World Equestrian Games at Tryon (USA) in September 2018 firmly in sight, the top of World dressage will also take advantage of this stage to fine tune their tests.
Youth and ponies alongside the champions
A specificity appreciated by both riders and public, the Internationaux de dressage of Compiègne allows every generation to ride in the same dressage arena. On the programme are not only pony classes for riders aged from 12 to 16 years of age, but also a category called “Children on horses” (12 to 14 year olds) where competitors will be able to improve their skills before their European rendezvous at Fontainebleau in July. “Junior” (14 to 16 year olds) and “Young riders” (18 to 21 year olds) sections will also be running parallel to the CMNE CDIO5* FEI Nations Cup, a CDI 2* and a CDI 3*.
In total, in store for the 200 plus riders who’ll be entered from around twenty nations, are 7 categories and 20 classes.
An exceptional event, an exceptional setting
Built in 1992, renovated in 2017, the Stade Équestre du Grand Parc is a real sports complex created by the town of Compiègne and masterly orchestrated by the Compiègne Équestre Association.
With the support of many partners, the 10 Ha site and the three arenas given over to the competition will offer the numerous visitors a large scale sporting event set in one of the loveliest equestrian venues in Europe, animated for the occasion by an exhibitors village and a number of on-site dining options.
Entrance and parking are free throughout the weekend !