LONGINES JUMPING INTERNATIONAL DE LA BAULE:
THE COUNTDOWN IS ON !
As usual, the press conference of the Longines Jumping International de La Baule started the countdown to the event. Monday 28th April revealed the new program of the 2014 edition of the Jumping of La Baule, in the presence of Jacques Robert (Vice-President of the French Equestrian Federation), Yves Métaireau (Mayor of La Baule and President of Cap Atlantic), Rémi Cléro (President of Longines Jumping International de La Baule), Dominique Tremblay (Regional Advisor of Pays de la Loire) and Nadia Poirier (event’s director).
Yves Métaireau opened the conference by thanking the organizing team, the present institutions and International Equestrian Federation which allows each year to provide a single event in the CSIO 5* de France: the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines.
Rémi Cléro recalled the importance of the 2014 edition, as a prologue to the World Equestrian Games in Normandie, which will welcome the best of the discipline in La Baule. For its third year, the President of the Jumping announces a balanced budget and shares this success with his team, the hundred of volunteers, all the people involved, institutions and loyal partners including 7 newcomers: Ekeep, Free Jump, Ikonic Saddlery, Lexus, Oazure Villa Maurice, Résidence Adonis and Yu Sports.
FRENCH RIDERS IN LA BAULE
After reaffirming the support of the FFE to the organizing team and congratulating the event of La Baule for its international reputation, Jacques Robert has unveiled the 18 French riders competing in La Baule:
Simon DELESTRE (Lorraine) / Pénélope LEPREVOST (Normandie) / Kevin STAUT (Normandie) / Patrice DELAVEAU (Normandie) / Roger-Yves BOST (Ile de France) / Julien EPAILLARD (Normandie) / Jérôme HUREL (Ile de France) / Aymeric DE PONNAT (Normandie)/Timothée ANCIAUME (Normandie)/ Olivier GUILLON
(Normandie) / Marie HECART (Picardie) / Michel HECART (Normandie) / Laurent GOFFINET (Normandie) / Philippe ROZIER (Ile de France) / Grégory COTTARD (Ile de France) / Mathieu BILLOT (Normandie) / Edward LEVY (Normandie) / Frédéric BUSQUET (Pays de la Loire).
Nadia Poirier recalled the highlights of the 2014 edition, which will be the second leg of the European Division 1 of the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup series and the second leg of FFE French Tour Generali.
The Longines Jumping International de La Baule will offer three competitions of different levels:
- The prestigious CSIO 5* de France: 65 riders and 180 horses among the world’s bestof the discipline.
15 nations: Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Colombia, Spain, USA, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Morocco, Netherlands, Switzerland, Venezuela.
- The CSI 1*: 47 amateur riders and 59 horses.
10 nations: Brazil, Canada, Spain, USA, France, Great Britain, Morocco, Netherlands, Portugal, Venezuela.
- Para-equestrian competitions: 30 riders and 32 horses.
5 nations: Germany, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Morocco.
- The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines (CSIO 5*, Friday 16th May at 1.45 pm) qualifying leg for the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandie.
8 teams competing: Belgium, Brazil, Spain, France, Great Britain, Ireland, Netherlands, Switzerland.
- The Derby Meeting of Pays de la Loire (CSIO 5*, Saturday 17th May at 1.00 pm), a redesigned course thanks to the restoration of the natural fences.
- Grand Prix Longines of La Baule (Sunday 18th May at 12.30 pm), qualifying leg for the WEG, only for the top 50 couples of the CSIO 5* de France.
NEW MEMBER IN THE ORGANIZATION
Nadia Poirier announced the arrival of Patrick Caron in the organizing team of the Longines Jumping International de La Baule. Member of the Jumping French team by the past, then national coach in 1985 with more than 100 medals won in 14 years (World championships, European championships, World cups, Olympic Games...), now coach, Patrick Caron became the Sport Director of the Jumping of La Baule.
LES PAYS DE LA LOIRE, AN INVOLVED REGION
To support the top level sport, actions for breeding, and to promote the entire equine industry of Pays de la Loire internationally, Dominique Tremblay announced the signature of an agreement between the Region and the Longines Jumping International de La Baule for a period of 3 years; an agreement that is registered as a recognition and a trust mark from the President of the Regional Council, Jacques Auxiette, to the key players iof the equestrian sector.
Free entry during the 4 days.