With a bigger track (72m x 35m), a new organizer (the team organizing the Global Champions Tour in Cannes), an important equestrian salon, and high quality animation performed by no less than the Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art, Jumping de Caen shows ambitions to sparkle in the spotlight among other great equestrian events.
Since the first French stage of the World Cup – the Jumping de Lyon – takes place only one week later, the event in Caen will be attended by some of the best-known riders of the international circuit, Kevin Staut – currently listed as world n°1, and also patron of “Normandie 2014” - leading the way. All six classes of the competition with prizemoney of more than 20.000€ each, including the Grand Prix with a purse of 90.000€, count for the world ranking list of the FEI Rolex Rankings. – A weighty argument for the riders to appear!
As the riders will be back from Lexington, we will already know the name of the new World Champion. Will it be the current world n° 1 Kevin Staut? He sure enough has to face some serious competition, for example American Laura Kraut who evidently is in great shape. How else would she have won two stages of the Global Champions Tour? Or maybe the next World Champion will be Cian O’Connor, the pillar of the momentarily very well-performing Irish team which is considered one of the favourites in Lexington after a superb victory in Aachen. In any case, those are some of the names that already glint on the participation list for Caen.
Those who have been to Caen before will not recognise the event: The arena will be more spacious, the features and decoration more sophisticated. A second hall will accommodate a space for high-quality equestrian expositions. The Royal Andalusian School of Equestrian Art will perform “best of” bits of their big show from Thursday on. Ever since the Equi’days, the best of other equestrian spectacles have been chosen to complete the sporting event.