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Tuesday 10 October - 16h51 | Ian Clayton
One of the top competitions on the international Eventing circuit, the CCI4* ‘Les 4 étoiles de Pau,’ will take place later this month in southwestern France, with four North American pairs currently listed for the 2017 edition of the event.
The CCI**** Pau, which is scheduled this year from October 25-29, is part of the FEI Classics series of top Eventing competitions across the world. In fact it kicks off the circuit, followed traditionally by the Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide (in November), Kentucky Three Day Event (April), the Badminton Horse Trials in May, the Luhmuhlen CCI**** (June) and Burghley Horse Trials (August-September). The competition in Pau, which follows the traditional format of Dressage, Cross-Country and Show Jumping and also features a CAIO FEI 4* International Carriage Driving Competition, draws some of the biggest names in the Eventing world. And this year is no exception, with France’s Astier Nicolas (a previous winner) with Molakai and Maxime Livio (Opium de Verrieres) among the home side representatives. See video of Nicolas and Molakai’s ride there last year below the break. For more information, see here. Great Britain’s Pippa Funnell, with Billy the Biz, is part of the large British contingent who will be in France, while New Zealanders like Sir Mark Todd (Kiltubrid Rhapsody, NZB Campino) and Andrew Nicholson (Jet Set, Qwanza) also expect to be there. A current list of competitors via Eventing Nation is here. From North America, Americans Bruce O. Davidson JR. (Copper Beach), Boyd Martin (Cracker Jack) and Alexandra Knowles (Sound Prospect) will be competing against Canadian Hawley Bennett-Awad (Jollybo) and the rest of the international field. While the FEI Classics Series is expected to be phased out in the near future, the CCI4* in Pau will undoubtedly continue to be one of the most prestigious Eventing stops in the world, whether independently or as part of a circuit. And as for the city itself, birthplace of the French king Henri IV in the 16th century, visitors can check out well-known local sites like the castle, where Napoleon vacationed.
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