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Longines Deauville Classic: the highlights that will punctuate the weekend

This year, four days of competition await riders and spectators at the Longines Deauville Classic, an event at the heart of the DNA of the city of Deauville marked by two major events. First, the Longines Equestrian Challenge Normandy, organized for the fifth consecutive year by the Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville and the former jockey with 4 golden whips, Dominique Bœuf. A unique competition in the world, where galloping jockeys and show jumping riders exchange their clothes. And to conclude this exceptional weekend, the traditional Longines Grand Prix of the Normandy Region, a flagship event, will see world champions, Olympic medalists and future candidates for the title of European champion compete. Once again and with impatience, the best riders are expected to offer the Norman public a competition of the highest quality.

The Longines Equestrian Challenge Normandie, August 13 and 14

For the new edition of this interdisciplinary exchange, seven tandems will compete in two separate events: a flat race and a show jumping event. The show jumping riders open the ball on Thursday August 13 for the first stage: a frantic race at the Deauville-La Touques Hippodrome. They will swap their competition outfit for a gown before setting off on a 1-meter flat race on the racetrack's fiber track, under the watchful eye of their fellow jockey. Friday August 500 sounds like the second and last round of the Longines Equestrian Challenge Normandy; it is the turn of the jockeys to face the obstacle course of the Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville. Coached by their jumping partner, they will have to recognize the course concocted by the course manager Grégory Bodo, made up of ten obstacles with a height of 14cm / 80m. At the end of this second round, the team which will have collected the best scores on the race of the day before and the course will gain the victory and will succeed Astier Nicolas and Théo Bachelot, big winners last year. The winners will both win a watch from the Swiss watchmaker Longines.

Patrice Delaveau wins the first round with a raised fist - 2019 © GrandPrix Events
Théo Bachelot and Astier Nicolas, big winners 2019 © Longines Deauville Classic

Exceptional athletes for an exceptional event

As for the participants, we can say that this event will be able to count on some headliners. The biggest names in horse racing and the cream of jumping are participating in the 2020 edition and will be divided into 7 teams: Christophe Soumillon / Nicola Philippaerts, Maxime Guyon / Jérôme Guéry, Théo Bachelot / Edward Levy, Mickaelle Michel / Margaux Rocuet, Coralie Pacaut / Carlota Vilarrubi Jorda, David Cottin / Bertram Allen and Jessica Marcialis / Duarte Romao.

THE JOCKEYS AND THEIR AWARDS

  • Christophe Soumillon : 10 golden whips, more than 4000 victories
  • Maxime Guyon : 1 gold whip, 6 silver whips, 4 bronze whips, 187 victories
  • Theo Bachelot : golden whip of the West 2016, winner of the Longines Equestrian Challenge Normandie 2019 (with Astier Nicolas)
  • David Cottin : 3 golden whips, 800 victories
  • Coralie Pacaut : 1 golden whip, best woman jockey 2019, 187 victories
  • Mickaelle Michel : 2018 women's jockeys whip, 10 victories in 2020
  • Jessica marcialis : 9 victories in 2020

THE RIDERS AND THEIR AWARDS

  • Jerome Guéry : world n ° 34, European team champion 2019, 2nd by team at the 2019 Nations Cup final
  • Bertram Allen : world n ° 39, European team champion 2017, 7th at the 2014 World Equestrian Games
  • Nicola Philippaerts : n ° 59 worldwide, individual and team winner of the 2018 Nations Cup Final, team gold medal at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games
  • Edward Levy : n ° 72 worldwide, 6th by team at the European Young Riders Championship 2015
  • Margaux Rocuet : 5th by team at the European Young Riders Championship 2014, winner of the Derby CSI3 * of Dinard 2019
  • Carlota Vilarrubi Jorda : 8th in the CSI-Am Grand Prix at Le Mans 2019 - Duarte Romao, 5th in the CSI2 * Grand Prix at Le Mans 2020

A dream tray

The Longines Deauville Classic brings together the best international riders with no less than twenty-one riders from the Top 50 of the Longines Ranking List, including the world number one, the Swiss Steve Guerdat. France will of course be there with the pillars of the France team: Julien Epaillard, fourteenth in the world and current best French, Kevin Staut (# 22), Pénélope Leprévost (# 23), Simon Delestre (# 28), Roger -Yves Bost (# 44) and Alexis Deroubaix (# 62). To discover the portrait of these champions who climbed the steps of the most beautiful podiums in the world, it's here.

All teams together - 2019 © Thimothée Taupin

The Longines Grand Prix of the Normandy Region, August 15

Finally, Sunday, the high point of the event! The riders qualified for the Longines Grand Prix of the Normandy Region will compete on a course rated at 1,50m, the layout of which is designed by the internationally renowned course manager Grégory Bodo. Sixty riders among the best in the world will try to dethrone the American Margie Engle-Goldstein, the big winner of the 2019 edition.

Margie Engle-Goldstein, first American to win the Longines Grand Prix of the Normandy Region © Thimothée Taupin

Practice


dates:

  • Thursday August 13 at the Deauville-La Touques racecourse / from 20 p.m.
  • Friday August 14 at the Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville / from 20 p.m.
  • Sunday August 15 at the Pôle International du Cheval Longines - Deauville / from 14 p.m.

Prices :

  • Entrance from € 3 to the Deauville-La Touques racecourse
  • Free entry to the Longines International Horse Pole - Deauville

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