This year’s season-ending World Cup dressage and show jumping finals have returned to France for the first time in over 22 years with Lyon replacing Paris as the French host of the showpiece event.
40 riders from 20 nations are to participate in the jumping final while 17 riders from 11 nations are competing in the dressage.
The youngest rider in the competition is 18-year-old Hamad Al Attiyah from Qatar.
He said: “It is a lot of pressure to participate in the World Cup, it’s very ambitious for any athlete and I’m glad to participate at this event at my age, I am fully ready for it.”
Americans Beezie Madden and Rich Fellers have won the last two years and compatriot Ashlee Clarke hopes her nation can continue their recent stranglehold on the jumping competition.
She said: “The fact that we won the World Cup finals the last two years, yes of course, it adds an extra bonus and pressure that you really want to perform and do a threepeat.’‘
World number one and Britain’s Olympic champion in the team event, Scott Brash said: “You have the best horse rider combinations in the world so to be a part of it all is very good and I feel good, my horse is jumping well and I’m happy.”
For the last few days the Eurexpo in Lyon has put on quite the show for competitors and spectators alike.
And it’s not over just yet for either as the final of the dressage takes place on Sunday while the jumping concludes on Monday.
Euronews’ Daleen Hassan was at the event and said: “The crowning of the world champion of Jumping is an eagerly awaited moment for all riders. And lovers of this prestigious sport, from all over the world, have come here to Lyon to see it.”