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There will be plenty of new attractions to discover at this year's Equita’Lyon! Not content with bringing together the best riders and horses in the world, with competitions such as the REEM ACRA FEI WORLD CUPtm presented by GENERALI in dressage, the ROLEX FEI WORLD CUPTM presented by GL EVENTS in show jumping and the Grand Prix Open LAWSON TROPHY EQUIDIA LIFE in reining, Equita’Lyon is continuously developing its programme to assert itself as one of the world’s truly top equestrian shows.
In reining, the suspense is at its peak and fans will be delighted to see the two most important competitions on the circuit acted out before their eyes in Lyon. In both the open and non-pro categories, three riders are running neck-and-neck in the race to become NRHA US World Champion. The best riders in the world will at Equita'Lyon battling it out for the title as the season draws to a close at the end of November.
While Equita’ represents the very best in the world, it is also the showcase for national and regional riding competitions! In dressage, the final of the Equita’Club Carrousel will involve 9 teams made up of 4 couples from the Rhône-Alpes region. Each team will present their routine to music while wearing costumes, in a truly party atmosphere. The Equita’Club Cup is a competition involving the region's show-jumping clubs. Each rider's round is used to rank their team (made up of 3 couples) as well as their individual performance. On the national level, the para-equestrian final is one of the highlights: the competitors are divided into five categories, using circuits with obstacles of different heights to ensure a fair playing field. They will ride two rounds, on Saturday 3 November in the main arena at Equita’.
This year once more, the evening show at Equita’ will delight and thrill the public. This year's show will plunge spectators into the Slavic spirit with Donskaya. Violins, balalaikas and accordions will accompany Sophie Bienaimé and the Ecuyères du Musée vivant du cheval de Chantilly (Riders of the Chantilly living equestrian museum) as well as Alizée Froment and renowned international riding troupes. Original special effects and a breathtaking light show will transport the public to the Steppes of Central Asia!
Among the many new attractions this year, there is the "Cultural Stop (La Halte Culturelle), with a series of literary meetings involving 50 authors and a superb photo exhibition of Lusitano horses by Jennifer Ajuriaguerra. Visitors will be able to meet Homeric, the author of the Dictionnaire amoureux du cheval (Dictionary for horse lovers) from the famous Plon publishing collection, as well as Jean-Louis Gouraud, who is in the running for the Prix Renaudot for his book Le pérégrin émerveillé (The amazed traveller).
There is also something for the children, who are invited to the "Just like big horses" (Tout comme les grands) show, starring miniature ponies with high-school training. Every day, the ponies will be performing courbettes (rearing up and hopping forward), cabrioles and other moves and jumps led by three performing artists from the world of equestrian shows. The show will present a non-stop succession of intricate moves performed with humour and tenderness, to be enjoyed with the whole family.
Another first at this year's Equita'Lyon is the APHA (American Paint Horse Association), which has come direct from Texas to be at the show. Paint Horse enthusiasts will be able to declare their horse's birth, record a change in ownership or register their stallion on the stud list, without going through the usual laborious channel. Formalities that usually take weeks will be settled in just a few minutes at Equita’Lyon. Something to make everyone happy!