Mar 20th, 2018, 06:54 PM

The Longines FEI World Cup

By Anastasija Baiko
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If you are a horseback riding enthusiast, this event is a must-see.

The Longines FEI World Cup-- encompassing both Jumping Finals and Dressage Finals-- will be taking place in Paris this April. The “Federation Equestre Internationale” (FEI) was established in 1921 in Lausanne, Switzerland by a group of European countries including France, Sweden, Italy, Norway, Denmark, Belgium and non-European countries like Japan and the USA. The reason in creating it was in order to regulate international events in the field of Jumping, Dressage and Eventing. Longines is a watchmaking company that is in partnership with the Federation.

Longines FEI World Cup(TM) Final Jumping & FEI World Cup(TM) Final Dressage 2018

Initially, horse sports were introduced to the ancient Olympic Games and later reintroduced with some significant changes. One of them is the application of the equestrian disciplines, which consist of Jumping, Dressage, and Eventing: the focuses of the FEI. The Federation merges the disciplines together with new events that form throughout the years. It promotes the beliefs and developments of the equestrian disciplines throughout the world, never losing focus from fair play, equality, and respect for the animals and the general environment.

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The FEI World Cup has turned into a global sporting event. The finals consist of forty show jumpers and eighteen dressage rider qualifiers chosen through the prior competitions. The event presents the major Olympic disciplines performed by the most qualified horses and riders of the World Cup, whose aim is to win the prestigious FEI season world titles. If you are interested in horseback riding, this event is definitely for you. Additionally, there will also be an artistic repertoire consisting of the Horsemen of the French Republican Guard, instructors from the Cadre Noir of Saumur, and internationally-renowned artists accompanied by the French Army’s Orchestra and Choir.

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It will be a five-day competition; you can see the schedule here. It runs from the 11th of April to the 15th of April, and will be taking place at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris, France. In order to purchase tickets click here, or if you are interested in purchasing a package click here.