An inevitable meeting! From 19th until 21st October at the Parc des Expositions - Less than two years before the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, the Jumping International de Caen ranks among the events that should not be missed by passionate fans of equitation. Big names of the show jumping scene including the Olympic vice champion Gerco Schröder have already announced their participation for the competition weekend, thus arranging for sporting surprises.
The Jumping de Caen has always been a part of Norman patrimony. From this moment on it is also an inevitable meeting point of the international show jumping elite. The history of the Jumping began in the seventies, when Philippe Henry decided to build the Parc des Expositions and organize the first events. Ever since, the Jumping had seen great moments of sport with the champions of each epoch: the legendary British brothers John and Michael Whitaker, as well as the world champions Franke Sloothaak and Eric Navet in the nineties. The closest to our era would be Eric Lamaze, Olympic Champion of 2008, and others like the current world champion Philippe Lejeune (Belgium).
Today, the Jumping de Caen is organized by Sepa, also responsible for one of the most beautiful competitions of the international circuit: the Jumping de Cannes. Caen offers two competing levels: a CSI** for the younger generation of riders as well as a CSI*** for more experienced champions and horses preparing for the FEI World Cup starting at the same time. Among the participants will be the Olympic vice Champion Gerco Schröder (Netherlands), the Irish Cian O’Connor (bronze medal at the Olympic Games in London) and Jessica Kuerten, Harrie Smolders (Netherlands) and Patrick Mc Entee for Azerbaijan. The princess of Monaco, Charlotte Casiraghi, is likely to participate in the CSI** as well.
The program will include both CSI** and CSI*** classes culminating in the Grand Prix on Sunday, with prize money valued at 50.000€ . The Grand Prix will permit the riders to collect points for the FEI/Rolex world ranking. Free animations and presentations from different disciplines such as Reining will be a further enhancement to the event.
With the organization of the World Equestrian Games of 2014, the attention of the equestrian world is focused on Caen and the Basse-Normandie region, thus adding another dimension to this traditional Jumping.