European Championships Tickets Go On Sale (with Christmas Discounts!)

Gaspard Maksud and Zaragoza at Haras du Pin. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The box office for the 2023 FEI European Championships of Eventing, set to take place at Haras du Pin in northern France from August 9-13, has officially opened for business – and there are some special discounts on offer for those who want to secure their place at this exciting event early.

Christmas discounts will be in effect until January 15th, and will allow buyers to nab some seriously good deals: tickets for Wednesday’s first horse inspection are just €5, while day rates for cross-country or showjumping are a real bargain at €15. There are a number of group, multi-day, and hospitality passes on sale, too — the cheapest of these, currently sitting at €40, is a five-day general admission pass, while those who’d like VIP access, privilege parking, and a dedicated bar and viewing tent can opt for hospitality packages for the week, ranging from €150 to €275. Those who enjoy turning an eventing holiday into a camping trip will also be able to book their spots, with or without electrical hookup, for a nightly fee. (This, for what it’s worth, isn’t a bad idea — EN travelled to Haras du Pin for the Nations Cup in 2022, and it’s in a pretty rural spot without a huge amount of hotels, so do get booking yours soon if you’re planning a trip!)

Mollie Summerland and Charly van ter Heiden at Haras du Pin. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

The event is working hard to reduce traffic in the area for the event, with planned shuttles from nearby towns.

‘’We’ve already worked with the Prefecture in order to set up a traffic plan to guarantee the arrival of spectators in the best conditions, in particular on Saturday, the day of the cross-country, when the crowd is always the largest,’’ says the organising committee. ‘’We want to encourage the use of shuttles, especially from Argentan station as well as carpooling. This is also part of our eco-responsible approach. A paying car park will be available close to the competition, but only if pre-booked. We’re also counting on spectators to anticipate their travel.’’

Haras du Pin has been undergoing a significant development project over the last year or so, with new stands, media centres, and a competition hub being installed in the centre of the beautiful site.

“Together with all the players in the equine industry, we want to make these European Championship a great celebration. For many months, the whole team has been investing a great deal of energy. It’s a huge challenge that we’ve taken up with the help of our partners, notably the Normandy Region, the Orne County Council, Argentan Intercom and the Haras National du Pin.”

Get your tickets here (but prepare your Google translate app if you’re not fluent in French!)

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