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D-23: The stadium François André is getting ready...

Tuesday 30 April 2013, by Célia

The press conference at the stadium François André Friday, April 19th at 11am revealed the main news about the Longines Jumping International of La Baule 2013. MM. Alain Bentaha (Conseil régional des Pays de la Loire), Yves Métaireau (Mayor of La Baule), Pascal Dubois (National Technical Director at the French Equestrian Federation), Rémi Cléro (President of the Jumping) and Ms Nadia Poirier (Director of the Jumping) were present.

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The highlights of the Longines Jumping International of La Baule

CSIO 5* of France (highest level of international show jumping competitions) with 9 competitions, prize of 551 000 euros, 65 riders and 180 horses coming from 19 nations.

CSI 1*: open to amateurs and experienced riders, 27 riders and 40 horses coming from 5 nations will take part in these 6 competitions prized at 34 000 euros.

Para-equestrian: 30 riders and 35 horses coming from 3 nations (France, Germany and Italy) will compete in the two para-equestrian competitions Cap Atlantique & AMP

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup: new formula, new sponsor

La Baule will be the first of the 8 legs of Europe Division 1 (D1) of the new FEI Nations Cup series sponsored by the Saudi Equestrian Fund, Furusiyya. Even if these team events keeps its sporting identity, they open to the world divided in 6 “regions”: Europe (with Division 1 and Division 2), North America, Central America and the Caribbeans, South America, Middle East, Asia and Australasia, Africa.
France, Switzerland, Ireland, United Kingdom, Spain, Germany, Netherlands and Belgium are the 8 teams competing in this event. Under the new rules, France, Switzerland, Ireland and United Kingdom have chosen the leg in La Baule in order to gain points for the world Final end of september in Barcelona.

15 French riders competing

The National Technical Director, Pascal Dubois, underlines the commitment of de French Equestrian Federation in maintaining the only CSIO 5* of France in La Baule, and reminds the importance of this leg for the French riders. Pascal Dubois reveals the names of the 15 French riders competing in the CSIO 5* : Eugénie Angot (Normandie), Patrice Delaveau (Normandie), Marc Dilasser (Normandie), Julien Epaillard (Normandie), Pénélope Leprevost (Normandie), Kevin Staut (Normandie), Aymeric de Ponnat (Normandie), Olivier Guillon (Normandie), Michel Hécart (Normandie), Frédéric Busquet (Pays de la Loire), Jérôme Hurel (Ile de France), Roger-Yves Bost (Ile de France), Simon Delestre (Lorraine), Marie Hécart (Centre-Val de Loire), Michel Robert (Rhône-Alpes).

Individual competitors in the CSIO 5* of France

Except the riders entered in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup presented by Longines on Friday, and the 15 French riders, 14 foreigners will compete the 8 competitions of the CSIO 5* as individuals : Marlon Zanoteli (BRA), Santiago Lambre (MEX), Franco Francesco (ITA), Luca Moneta (ITA), Richard Spooner (USA), Igor Kawiak (POL), Daniel Bluman (COL), René Lopez (COL), Alfredo Hernandez (SAL), Omer Karaevli (TR), Abdelkebir Ouaddar (MA), Colonnel Jabri Hassan (MA), Thomas Couve Correa (CHI), Courtney Vince (CAN).

The Jumping expands

Two villages are born at the stadium François André. The traditional exhibitors Village will welcome 70 brands from different areas (fashion, rider and horse equipment, transport, arts, restaurants ...). On the Barrière tennis courts will be the Village “Grand Galop”, a 400m2 area for children from 4 to 12 years old.

High level available to everyone !

Faithful to the tradition and in compliance to desire of the city of La Baule, the Longines Jumping International of La Baule remains the only international equestrian event of this level to be completely free entry.

2013 sponsors

Institutional sponsors:
Fédération Equestre Internationale, Fédération Française d’Equitation, Conseil général de Loire-Atlantique, Région des Pays de la Loire, Ville de La Baule, Pôle touristique de Cap Atlantique, Office du Tourisme de La Baule, Société Hippique Française, Ministère des Sports, Ministère de l’Agriculture

Commercial sponsors:
Longines, Parfums Lolita Lempicka, Groupe Lucien Barrière, le Val d’Evre Traiteur, Mumm, EADS, Generali, Saur, Tropicana, Aéroport Nantes Atlantique, Concept Propreté, Edouard Set Traiteur, AMP-Visual TV, Groupe LCA, Hertz, Grand Galop, Laiterie de Montaigu, Cheval Shop, Soubirac, Licarzo

RMC, L’Echo de la Presqu’île Guérandaise, Ouest France, L’Eperon, Sports Equestres, www.cavadeos.com, FEI TV

Balancing the Jumping

The difficulties related to the general economic conditions did not weakened this event of La Baule. The commitment and support of the loyal sponsors, but also the new ones (Lolita Lempicka and the Laiterie de Montaigu) have made it possible to keep the prize up to 585 000 euros, to maintain the standards of performance expected by the 5 stars, and also achieve a financial equilibrium.
Yves Métaireau points out that the contribution of the city of La Baule has been conducted but not increased. The Longines Jumping International of La Baule is an opportunity to show the fondness of the residents of La Baule for this first equestrian event of the season, which stadium is famous for being part of the best infrastructures in the world for this type of event.

The region of Pays de la Loire, a policy in favour of the equine sector

The region of Pays de la Loire conducts a policy in favour of horses and all equestrian activities, allocating each year 3.5 million euros to the equine sector. The region provides support to this event making its international reputation. Alain Bentaha also underlines the economic spin-offs for the city, generated each year by the event.