FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon: a preview


From 17 to 21 April , the world's best riders and horses are meeting in Lyon (France) for a single sporting event : the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage. A great opportunity to compete under great pressure against the best competitors on the planet with only four months to go before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.

FEI World Cup Finals in Lyon: a preview


For the past thirty-five years, the competition brings together the best riders in the world for the ultimate indoor competition. Only the best forty-one finalists, qualified in their respective league after the multiple FEI qualifying event organised worldwirde, will get to compete to try to register their name in the FEI World Cup history book.

The event takes place over three days, with four courses and a jumpoff. The first course will be a test of speed, the second will be a Grand Prix test with jumpoff. After this second round, only the top thirty may take part in the next test. After a day of rest, those competitors will take part in a Grand Prix in two rounds. To win the title , riders have the right to ride two horses and swap from one event to another.

The american Beezie Madden, winner of the 2013 edition, will obviously try to defend her title. Not an easy considering the very high level of the competition, with top contenders such as German rider Marcus Ehning, Olympic individual champion Steve Guerdat, young World number 1 Scott Brash, French riders Kevin Staut and Patrice Delaveau and more.


For its 29th edition, the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage promises to be a great emotional and artistic sporting event once again. Of the four qualifying leagues, only eighteen world's best will take part in this ultimate indoor event. Judged on both technical and artistic aspects, this final combines art, sport and chemistry between horses and riders, to the delight of the audience of equestrian enthusiasts.

The race is run on the same format as a qualifying stage : first, a Grand Prix test, and then a Music Freestyle event, for those who have obtained a minium score of 58% after the first test.

With all the new faces we have gotten to see in recent years on the Dressage planet, one can expect anything in this competition. Obviously, the "untouchable" Charlotte Dujardin, the 2012 Olympic champion invited for the final, will certainly try her very best to add this prestigious title to her impressive resume. The duel with defending champion Helen Langehanenberg looks more than promising !

For more information, please visit the website of the event 

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