The Federation Equestre Internationale has validated the definitive entries of the 38 finalists of the FEI Longines Jumping World Cup and the 17 finalists of the FEI Dressage World Cup, including the title holders in each of the two Olympic disciplines: McLain Ward for jumping and Isabell Werth for dressage. The latter will try to clinch her fourth world title on this event at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris.
Sixteen nations for jumping and nine for dressage: all continents except Africa will be in contention for two titles that are usually shared by Europe and the United States.
In dressage, German Isabell Werth starts as big favourite, especially if she chooses to saddle her "parade" mare Weihegold, which is not yet certain: "For the moment it is 50-50. Emilio made a great trip to Amsterdam and I prepare my two horses the same way. I have until April 9 to decide which horse I will enter." With Emilio, the competition would be more open with opponents like Swedish Patrick Kittel, winner in London or Dutchman Edward Gal, winner of this World Cup in 2010...but it was with a certain Totilas! With Weihegold, Isabell Werth should be practically impossible to beat, even if she speaks modestly: "One can never know with this sport, in which the horses decide in the end; we know that everything is always possible. I'm aware that I'm a favourite...well, I'm the big favourite, but I'm staying vigilant because I know anything can happen. I will not go to the AccorHotels Arena thinking it's a done deal."
Whatever the results, a beautiful chapter is about to be written at the AccorHotels Arena from April 10 to 15 for these two Olympic disciplines. Two outstanding riders will be crowned at the end of these thrilling finals. This is a huge come back for historical Bercy, an event to experience fully in this new and mythical arena.
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