The global elite returns to Deauville in 2018 !

The only International Para-Equestrian Dressage Competition held in France, the Deauville CPEDI*** returns from the 5th to the 8th of April 2018, for its’ eighth edition.

The best French and foreign para-equestrian dressage riders will be present, each hoping to win one of the 11 titles on offer at what has become an unmissable meeting ! Last year saw 42 couples taking part, representing no less than18 nations.

Located in the heart of the town of the horse, the Deauville CPEDI*** will again promote top level para-equestrian sport. According to Malika Cherrière, a Councillor for the  Normandy Region and delegate for the equine sector, this event also contributes to the attractiveness of the area : « The Normandy Region is delighted and proud to again welcome the International Para-Equestrian Dressage Competition. We support the CPEDI because we support excellence, and we welcome every top rider disabled or not. This major competition is an unmissable rendezvous on the calendar of important international events in Normandy. It contributes to the attractiveness and influence of the region. Via the Pôle International du Cheval of Deauville, a unique site offering excellent installations to athletes, we want to bring to light this still little known discipline. »

Each day, riders classified depending on their degree of disability from Grade I (most severe degrees of impairment) to Grade V (lesser degrees of impairment), ride a dressage test. The opportunity for athletes to size up the competition before internationally renowned judges. A choice rehearsal only a few months before the major event of 2018 : The World Equestrian Games, organised at Tryon in the United States, in September.

Amongst the couples in contention, Vladimir Vinchon is a regular to this Normandy CPEDI and hasn’t missed an edition since 2011. The current Grade IV French National Champion describes this competition as a true « rite of passage ». « The Deauville CPEDI is a top class quality competition not only in regards to the site, the arena surfaces, but also regarding the welcome offered to the horses and the riders. There is perhaps only one negative point : there’s too much competition ! (he laughs) The Deauville weekend is quite early in the competition season but you have to arrive ready, the standard of competitors and judging is very high. It’s perfect for getting the International circuit underway, this CPEDI sets the tone ! I am going to try to perform well in order to successfully start my season. That would be a good omen for the rest of the year, as I’m not alone in having the World Equestrian Games at Tryon in the United States as my principal aim this year. »

Unique in France, this prestigious rendezvous is organised by the Handi Equi’ Compet association, whose objective for more than 11 years has been to develop, promote and  and oversee top level para-equestrianism in France.
Friday April 6th, the competition kicks-off with the preliminary classes, also called the  Team test. Saturday, time for the Individual Championship tests which determine the placings in the Nations Cup. This team competition adds together the best three scores of the four obtained by each Nation, at the end of the two first days of competition. Finally, Sunday, the indoor arena of the Pôle International du Cheval comes to life to the sound of the musical compositions chosen to accompany the Freestyle tests.

The experience continues outside of the dressage arena, as an exhibitors village with a number of stands is open to the public. Aiming to raise awareness of disability amongst the youngest, the competition opens its’ doors to pupils from the primary schools of Saint-Arnoult and Deauville. Pupils receive a special welcome and get to meet these
talented athletes, so discovering top level para-equestrian sport.
 

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