The European Champions are back!
The 15-year Bonneau International Pony (BIP) will be celebrated with dignity. Against Germany, Denmark, Finland, Ireland, Norway, the Netherlands, Portugal and Switzerland, France aligns one of its finest teams.
France is represented by 24 riders and ponies on CSIOP, competing at the highest level of the weekend. Victoria Tachet (with her pony Rexter D'Or) and Thomas Scalabre (Sligo de Mormal) 2014 European Team Champions take up the challenge along with Camille Condé-Ferreira, who will once again be part of (the last time because she reached the age limit for international pony competition). Recall that Camille won the CSIOP Grand Prix of Fontainebleau last year with Pumkins Pondi, with whom she comes back to try the double. The little Bleus also finished second in the 2014 Nations Cup.
The BIP for the first time broadcasted LIVE on TV! The Nations Cup will be broadcasted live on the French equestrian channel Equidia Life on Saturday 18 April, starting at 3:30pm. The Grand Prix will be so on Sunday 19 April, on air at 3:00pm, presented by Pascal Boutreau, Claire Griot and Jean-Luc Vernon. More details on how to receive Equidia Live: http://www.equidia.fr/equidiaetvous/les-chaines-equidia-live-equidia-life/
The Netherlands seems rather good: if they have not specified which will be part of the team in the team competition (the CSIOP), we find three members of the Dutch team who was fourth at the European Championships 2014: Laurie Touw, Babette Kuijpers and Rowen van Mheen. These three riders had also won the BIP Nations Cup 2014.
In total, excluding France, 25 riders will participate in CSIOP and 33 to CSIP.
Full entries: http://www.csiop-france.fr/engag%C3%A9s-entries/
The best moments of sport
18 April at 4:00pm: Nations Cup (2 rounds)
19 April at 12:15pm: Grand Prix CSIP
19 April at 2:15pm: Grand Prix CSIOP
Best Rider and Best Female Rider trophies in the CSIP et CSIOP will be granted on Sunday afternoon.