International Para-equestrian Dressage Competition
AN EVENT ON AN INTERNATIONAL SCALE
This annual rendezvous has become, in only a few years, an unmissable date for top international para-equestrian dressage riders. At the 2016 edition, no less than 17 nations were represented by 71 competitors in the Deauville arena.
Last September, the best para-equestrian dressage riders were at Rio for the Paralympic Games, and a number of them will be at the Deauville CPEDI***.
Since it’s creation, the event has seen an ever growing number of competitors and visitors. Due to its’ extraordinary nature, this competition attracts a large public: riders and their accompanying support staff from around the world, residents of Deauville and neighbouring towns, and not forgetting seasoned spectators of equestrian sport.
For this new edition, the organising association Handi Equi’ Compet want to continue their actions put into place over the last ten years. The Deauville CPEDI*** will allow, once more, the promotion and development of top level para-equestrianism and heighten visibility of para-equestrian athletes.
Indeed, communication about the event carried out over the last few years has generated extensive media interest in the press, on the web, as well as on television. This year, one of the principal aims of thes association is to continue this momentum, and to increase media coverage before, during, and after the event.
THREE DAYS TO SUCCEED
The World elite of para-equestrian dressage will be targeting victory in classes divided into five categories, depending on the rider’s degree of functional ability : from Grade I (the most severe impairment) to Grade V (the least impairment).
Once the veterinary inspection has successfully been completed, and the horses declared fit to compete, riders in each grade will compete against each other in three classes.
The preliminary classes, also called «Team Test» will take part on Friday, then the following day, Saturday, the couples will compete in the imposed test, known as the «Individual Championship Test».
At the end of these two days, the winners of the Nations Cup will be revealed : the marks obtained by the different teams is calculated by adding together the results of the three highest scoring team members in the «Team Test» and the «Individual Championship Test».
The third and last day of the CPEDI will be set to the tempo of the final class : the «Freestyle».
Artistic and technical prowess are the keywords for this day, during which athletes present their original floor-plan to music of their choosing.
MORE THAN A SIMPLE COMPETITION
The Deauville CPEDI*** is the perfect occasion to discover para-equestrianism and to admire the performances of the athletes, but not only.
Outside of the white dressage boards the experience is prolonged, a number of trade stands in the exhibitors village will welcome the public. The shops will be offering a variety of products to visitors, whether they are seeking a bite to eat, to buy equestrian items or fine leather goods.