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In a little more than two weeks, Fontainebleau, France will be the setting of great equestrian sport when it welcomes for the first time together the continental championships in the three Olympic disciplines of Show Jumping, Eventing and Dressage at the 2018 Longines FEI European Championships for Young Riders, Juniors & Children.
Fontainebleau is about 55 km southeast of Paris
As a comparision, in 2017, the Youth European Championships took place for Dressage in Roosendaal (The Netherlands), in Samorin (Slovakia) for Jumping, and at Millstreet (Ireland) in Eventing. This year, from July 8–15, 620 riders representing more than 30 nations will be at the Grand Parquet of Fontainebleau to face off in the hopes of earning one of the 42 medals distributed to the best young riders of the Old Continent. After getting familiar with the site, it will be the athletes in the Children's category who will open the Dressage ball on the morning of Tuesday, July 10 with the preliminary tests. For teams, the Juniors start on the 10th and continue the following day, on Wednesday afternoon. The first European Team champions for Dressage will thus be crowned starting Wednesday afternoon. Keeping with the Team competition, the Young Riders are scheduled to start their tests Wednesday, July 11 and Thursday, July 12 in the morning. Thursday afternoon, the Children’s teams will compete in the Dressage rectangles in search of a podium spot. In the Individual competition, the European champions will be determined Saturday for the Juniors and Young Riders, and Sunday for Children. Finally, in a highly-anticipated showdown, Juniors and Young Riders will do their Freestyle tests on Sunday, July 15. A poetic moment of sport is on the horizon.
Grand ParquetCredit : grandparquet.com
The Show Jumping classes at the Youth European Championships will take place on the Grand Parquet’s traditional Terrain d’Honneur (Field of Honour). Indeed, only the consolation events will take place on the Petit Parquet. The first Jumping classes will be held Monday, July 9, with the Individual Children’s qualifier. The first European Team champions in the discipline will be declared Wednesday afternoon, as well as for the Children. Staying with the Team competition, the Juniors and Young Riders will ride their first round Thursday, July 12 on the Terrain d’Honneur, and their second on Friday, July 13.In the Individual category, the Children will face off on Saturday morning. And for their part, the Juniors and Young Riders will do battle for the Individual European Champion title on Sunday, July 15.
Le château de Fontainebleau, by Pierre-Denis Martin dit le Jeune, around 1718
Equestrian fans will have to wait until July 12 for the first Eventing action, with two days of Dressage kicking off the action. The Junior and Young Rider Eventers will compete on the Petit Parquet before the Cross-Country on Saturday, July 14. Starting in the Salamandre, crossing the forest of Fontainebleu and the exhibitors village before arriving at the Terrain d’Honneur, the x-country promises to be a great sporting spectacle. Rendez-vous at the end of the morning for the Juniors, while the Jeunes Cavaliers will wait until mid-afternoon to continue their quest for a medal. On Sunday, July 15 in the morning, the horse inspection – considered the fourth element of Eventing – will be held. In the afternoon, the equestrian triathlon will culminate in Show Jumping, at the end of which the Team and Individual medals will be handed out to the European champions.To see the detailed schedule for Longines FEI European Youth Championships, see here!
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