The huge crowd that came to the Grand Parquet de Fontainebleau this afternoon to watch the final rounds of the third Printemps des Sports Équestres were treated to some high-octane sport. Sport at its best. For the teams from GL events Equestrian Sport, the organiser of the event, this week of competitions served as operational preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympic and Paralympic Games, for which it will be responsible in a few weeks' time. And, as a fitting conclusion to the week, the GL events Grand Prix CSI 5* kept the thousands of spectators on the edge of their seats.


One may lose a battle but win the war. Having finished second in the Grand Prix Cheval TV of the CDI 5* competition at the Printemps des Sports Équestres, Britain's Charlotte Fry, currently the world number three in her discipline, won the Grand Prix Freestyle to music, sponsored by the Île de France region, and presented by Cheval TV. Riding her stallion Everdale, the twenty-eight-year-old reigning world champion, regained the top step of the podium ahead of her main challenger, Dutch rider Emmelie Scholtens, who closed in second place with Indian Rock and whose horse was undoubtedly a little less precise than that of her British rival. In third place, France's Pauline Basquin put in an impressive performance and confirmed the consistent results obtained with IFCE Sertorius de Rima Z in recent weeks.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) is thrilled to announce that Shiners Voodoo Dr and Jacs Electric Spark have officially joined the elite ranks of NRHA $4 Million Sires. This prestigious achievement is a testament to their progeny’s outstanding quality and performance in NRHA-sanctioned events worldwide.

Having already taken the lead in the rankings after the dressage and cross-country tests, France's Nicolas Touzaint won the first the CCI 3*-S competition of the Printemps des Sports Equestres at the Grand Parquet de Fontainebleau. Riding his nine-year-old Fibonacci de Lessac*HDC, the 2004 Olympic team champion and Tokyo Olympic team bronze medallist produced a perfect performance in the show jumping test, leaving his rivals with no chance. And particularly Thomas Carlile, who managed to complete a clear round in the show jumping with Darmagnac de Béliard, thereby retaining his second place in the rankings. Third place also went to Nicolas Touzaint, this time riding Gauguin du Busson, with another a clear round.

One of the new additions to the rich programme of events at the 2024 Printemps des Sports Équestres is para-dressage, with the CPEDI 3* competition getting things underway at the Grand Parquet de Fontainebleau for a great week of sport lasting until Sunday 28 April. And the least we can say is that the world's top stars in the discipline were ready for the event!

History will be made in Cremona, Italy, where the National Reining Horse Association European Futurity will be the first event in Europe to guarantee $1 million added money. Held during the Salone del Cavallo Americano on May 22–26, the event is supported by NRHA Hall of Fame Inductee Eleuterio Arcese in collaboration with the Italian Reining Horse Association, TFY, a select group of supporters, and the NRHA Nomination Program money. This event will be the first of its kind for Europe and will create incredible opportunities for riders, breeders, owners, and fans.

The National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) proudly announces a historic milestone as Wimpys Little Chic, a revered member of the equine community, becomes the first NRHA $2 Million Dam. This remarkable achievement continues to solidify Wimpys Little Chic’s status as a legendary dam within the reining industry. Through her offspring, ‘Lexi’ has significantly impacted the sport, leaving an indelible mark on the hearts of enthusiasts worldwide.

Cremona, March 30 – Emotions ran high on Saturday night in Cremona, Italy, where the 2024 IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA Derby concluded with the DeNiroBootCo Open Derby Finals.
 
The last three riders to go determined who would hold the first three positions and, last in the draw with a 230.5 to beat, Manuel Cortesi and his faithful companion, July Joe Snap, continued their winning streak by posting a 231 to win both the IRHA/IRHBA and IRHA Level (L)4 Open Championships.

Cremona, March 30 — Friday action in Cremona, Italy, was focused on the Quarter Dream $57,350-added IRHA/IRHBA/NRHA and $48,000-added IRHA/NRHA Non Pro Derby Finals where 52 combinations battled for the titles. Who would take home the Level (L)4, 3, and 2 Championships was left to the last three riders who shone under the CremonaFiere lights: Elena Kompatscher, Carlo Ambrosini, and Bo Brutsaert.

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