The CCIO4*-S of Le Pin, France, a.k.a. , promises to be an exceptional event just a month away from the FEI Eventing World Championships, and a year away from the European Championships. On the same site as the Haras National du Pin, the best riders and horses in the world will meet from August 11-14.

French riders hoping to join the French team at the FEI Eventing World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, September 15-18 will be closely watched by national selector Thierry Touzaint in the FEI Eventing Nations Cup (CCIO4*-S), the main division of this 26th edition. Facing them will be some of the top European nations in the sport, there to prepare for Italy as well as the 2023 European Senior Championships.

Germany ‒ eager to regain its position as the world leader, having ceded to Great Britain for four years now ‒ will battle it out with Switzerland, Italy and Sweden. Other eventing stars have already announced their participation, including Tim and Jonelle Price, Andrew Hoy, double Olympic medallist in Tokyo who will likely ride his fabulous Anglo-Arab Vassily de Lassos. Competitors will be eager to “taste” the cross-country tracks of course designer Pierre Le Goupil, who will set the tests not only at the European Championships 2023, but also at the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.

Michel Asseray, Deputy National Technical Director in charge of French eventing, confirms that Le Grand Complet will be the last test for candidates for a selection in the French team. “All the riders had a programme à la carte, either for questions of qualifications, or to claim a selection. We’ve arranged to meet them at Le Grand Complet. Unless there is a physical problem that would prevent a horse from running, all the horses will compete for the FEI Eventing Nations Cup at Le Pin. On the next day, we will carry out a veterinary check in Saumur on seven to eight horses, then we will announce the selection.” He added that the Le Pin course is as hilly as the terrain at Pratoni del Vivaro.

(Ed. Note: Canada will not be sending a team or individuals to Le Pin; the team and alternates for the World Championships in Pratoni del Vivaro will be announced on August 2nd)

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~ with files from Le Grand Complet Media