The European Para-Dressage Championships for the first time in France !
For their first passage onto French territory, the European Para-dressage Championships will be welcomed to Deauvilles’ « Pôle International du Cheval » by Handi Equi’ Compet. Taking place from the 17th to the 20th of September 2015 they will gather riders from the every corner of the continent.
On the eve of the 2016 Paralympic Games in Rio, this competition will be THE meeting for the best European competitors in this discipline. Riders like José Letartre (FR – Grade III) double bronze winning rider at the last European Championships in Herning, Sophie Wells (GBR – Grade IV) who picked up silver at the 2014 World Equestrian Games or Pepo Puch (AUT – Grade Ib) who currently holds the World paralympic Champion title, will be participating amongst many others.
These championships will be the occasion, for the regulars, to defend their titles, notably those accumulated during previous international competitions, and for the challengers to distinguish themselves. Will Germany, Denmark and Great Britain, all three were on the podium at the 2011 and 2013 European Championships, manage a hat-trick this year ?
The classes that make up this competition take place over three days and will be divided into five categories depending on the riders impairment Grade: from Grade Ia (the athletes presenting the most severe impairment) to Grade IV (those with the least severe). In the hope of taking one of the eleven titles seen brought into play, the sportsmen and women will confront each other in the following classes: the « Team Test », a preliminary test, the « Individual Championship », an individual imposed test and the « Freestyle » on a musical composition of their choice. Thus an individual title will be coveted in each grade on Saturday and Sunday, as well as a Team title at the end of the Nations Cup (Team Test + Individual Championship).
These European Championships are an unavoidable date for Para-dressage riders as they will certainly give a broad idea of probable horse/rider selections for Rio.
Possessing solid experience in running international para-equestrian events, such as the Deauville CPEDI***, the Handi Equi’ Compet association has seen itself conferred the organization of this years’ European Para-dressage Championships by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI). Since its’ creation 8 years ago, this association has worked very hard to promote and develop top level para-equestrianism in France by means of two disciplines : para-dressage and para-showjumping.
The public will also have the opportunity to be entertained in-between classes, by benefiting from the event's numerous activities, and by being able to stroll amongst the trade stand village erected within the Pôle International du Cheval.
September is approaching fast, preparations are being finalized in order to offer athletes and spectators a competition that will live up to its’ ambitions.
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