The Deauville CPEDI*** : French exceptionalism !

The International Para-Equestrian Dressage Competition (CPEDI) of Deauville is back for the 10th time from the 15th to the 17th of May, at the Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville

A real rehearsal for big international dates, like the Tokyo Paralympic Games being held this year from the 25th of August until the 6th of September, the CPEDI*** of Deauville every year welcomes the World elite in the discipline. Para-equestrian dressage riders, classified from Grade 1 to Grade V depending on their degree of impairment, take advantage of this rendezvous to compete against other international competitors. Stars of the discipline such Great Britain’s Sophie Wells, quadruple Paralympic medallist, or Pepo Puch, double Paralympic medallist, European champion and World vice-champion, have both been faithful to this event for a number of years. The home nation, France, is expected to send their entire team which includes experienced riders like Cloé Mislin, Vladimir Vinchon and Alexia Pittier, but equally the young Chiara Zenati whose first steps on the international stage have left no one indifferent. Horses and riders will also face an exceptional panel of judges as the majority will be in Japan next August.

Three days, during which the horse and rider combinations will oppose each other in three different classes: the Team-test,  the Individual Championship and the Freestyle. The results of first two classes, the Team-Test and the Individual Championship test, will determine the outcome of the Nations Cup, in which Great Britain have remained unbeaten for the last eight years. The week-end will come to a flourishing finish with the Freestyle (to music), where only the best performing riders in the event take the start. 


NORMANDY : LAND OF THE HORSE “PAR EXCELLENCE”

Organised since 2011 by the Handi Equi’ Compet association, whose objective is to develop and promote top-level para-equestrian sport, the CPEDI*** of Deauville is held at the Pôle International du Cheval - Longines in the heart of Normandy,  a land of horses and the scene of numerous equestrian events throughout the year. The “région Normandie” remains the primary financial supporter of the CPEDI since its launch in 2011.                                         
The department of Calvados is also a leading player, as for the last 3 years it has confirmed its commitment through the elaboration of a 5 year action-plan (2017-2021) featuring four major themes: equip, do, develop and diffuse. The aim being to provide support to handicapped persons and enable them to have an another therapeutic avenue.


THE CPEDI*** OF DEAUVILLE, A DUTY TO PASS ON
With the will to put to the fore this discipline for handicapped athletes, a sport at both the Paralympic Games and the World Equestrian Games, Handi Equi’ Compet each year opens its’ doors to primary school pupils from neighbouring towns : St Arnoult and Deauville, to show the young that it’s possible to achieve excellence and make your dreams come true despite the challenges of life.