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Sport & Spectacle for this 19th International Jumping of Caen !

The ingredients of success will again be joined together from the 23 to next 26 October for the 19th edition of International Show Jumping of Caen. Sport first of all with the behaviour of the Contest of International Show Jumping 3 Stars 24, 25 and 26 October. Spectacle then with the "Chevaux d'Or", the 23, 24 and 25 October, the whole in apotheosis of the Equi' Days 2003.

French rider Hubert Bourdy riding Eve des Etisses, who won the International Grand Prix last year (copyright : PSV / Jean Morel)

The formula sport/spectacle knew to allure the public as of its first edition in 2002, pushing the organizers to renew the operation. The concept is simple. From 9.30 am to 17.30 pm of Friday at Sunday, the arena will be reserved for the show jumping classes, where the finest riding crops will compete of dexterity to gain the victory. Then, as of 20.00 pm, from Thursday at Saturday, places at poetry, and emotion, with the new spectacle of the "Chevaux d'Or". A family appointment mixing dressage, numbers of acrobatics, work in freedom or horse driving. An astonishing mixture which ignites crowd! The public of the representation of Thursday will be able moreover to meet the artists, a gold occasion... to understand the secrets of these artists.

Side sport, since years, Jumping of Caen attracts the best world riders. Great innovation this year, the global prize money ! Indeed, the Région Basse Normandie, candidate for the organization of the World Equestrian Games of 2010, chose to double the prize money of the Grand Prix, test headlight of jumping, which will be held Sunday October 26th. A total amount of more than 120.000 € will reward the exploits of the athletes on the ten classes of the program, an additional asset to ensure the event an exceptional set! A habit besides, since in 2002 more than 60 riders and 200 horses representing 21 nations clashed, with among them names as prestigious as Whitaker, Philippaerts, Mathy, Voorn, Robert, Hécart, Levallois, Delaveau, Rozier and well of others. Who will succeed French rider Hubert Bourdy, winner in 2002 with Eve des Etisses, in very disputed Grand Prix Caen Basse Normandie - Equi' Days Trophy endowed for the first time of 61.000 € ?

The menu of the "Chevaux d'Or" 2003 gathers ten acts all new. Two sport-spectacle events will open the evenings of Friday and Saturday with the high jump (also called 6 barres) and the price of the champion (two riders face each other in parallel on identical courses). Then, passage to an Iberian environment with tauromachic horsemanship, presentation of Doma Vaquera listening to tango. Horse driving thanks to the leader of the Haras Nationaux Louis Basty and with the "Association d'attelage de l'Orne" who will compete of skill on a course carried out beating drum. Dance and horse riding learnedly orchestrated by Pascal Chemel. Heavy horses, with the heavy stallions of the Haras National of Hennebont in assembled quadriga, and the extraordinary complicity of Arnaud Gillette, former member of Zingaro, and his Comtois Felous. Free horses under the expert hand of Jean-François Pignon, the German artist Tony Hocheger and his erudite horse, mixing comedy and dressage, and finally stunt-flying with feeling with Lorenzo, upright on its horses galoping. 1h45 of spectacle directed by specialists in the kind, what to pass one evening here the head in stars !

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