From June 8th to 11th, La Baule will bring together the elite of show jumping

From June 8th to 11th, La Baule will bring together the elite of show jumping

A must-attend event on the French and international equestrian calendar, the Jumping de La Baule is preparing for its 62nd editionth Time to welcome horses, riders and spectators to its legendary route.

“Roland Garros” of the horse: this is the reputation that the International Show Jumping of La Baule has had since its inception more than 60 years ago. Also this year, the best couples in the world are preparing to meet in the heart of the green Stade François André to try to win (at least) one of the prestigious titles at stake this weekend.

prestige and authenticity

Considered the official representative of France, the Jumping International de La Baule is one of the rare top-class show jumping competitions to be held on a grass track and is open to all who wish to enjoy the show free of charge. And there’s entertainment at La Baule: during the four days of competition, a parade of fifteen nations, sixty riders and just under 200 horses will take place on the lawn of the Stade François André. Fueled by the enthusiastic atmosphere of the stadium, the competing couples try to push themselves, braving the 1.5m high bars that stand in their way.

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Four days show

From Thursday 8th to Sunday 11th June, the events follow each other without ever resembling each other. From day one, horses and riders have to give their best at the Prix FFE du CSIO 5*, the first qualifying event for the legendary Sunday Grand Prix. They will be given a second chance on Saturday, otherwise they will be unable to defend their place in this event that so many riders dream of. The last Frenchman to do so is Nicolas Delmotte in 2021.

In addition to the famous Grand Prix, another highlight is eagerly awaited every year: the Nations Cup. This two-legged event sees 10 nations attempting to win the title that went to Belgium last year. Let’s not forget to mention the Level 1* events, where amateur couples can also shine in front of the La Baule crowd, and the Saturday Derby (course with fixed obstacles as opposed to the Saut d’Obstacles), one of the last ever in organized in Europe.

You will have understood: you will not lack for a show during the entire duration of the event. But beyond this equestrian showcase represented by the La Baule International Show Jumping, we must not forget the strategic aspect for the couples that take part. Because with the European Championships in Milan taking place this summer and the 2024 Olympics in Paris fast approaching, the coaches will of course be there to start putting together the teams…

In summary, it can be said that the show jumping at La Baule promises a top-class riding experience again this year!

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