It would be tempting, when writing about Toledo de Kerser and Tom McEwen‘s first CCI5* victory at Pau today, to suggest that it’s been rather a long time coming. But Tom is quick to dispel that notion...» Read More!
We’re devastated to report that Archie Rocks, ridden by Switzerland’s Felix Vogg, has been euthanised following a fall late on course at Les 5 Etoiles de Pau yesterday. The pair had enjoyed a clear round up until the final...» Read More!
If you’ve been following along with Les 5 Etoiles de Pau – or, indeed, have nipped onto social media over the last 24 hours – it’s likely you’ve come across a widely-shared video of an incident...» Read More!
And so the final battle commences, but not before Sunday’s horse inspection – and true to Pau form, that, too, brought its fair share of drama. After the overnight withdrawal of Gemma Tattersall‘s two rides, Jalapeno and Chilli Knight,...» Read More!
A curious thing happens at the beginning of cross-country day at a major three-day event: either the first riders out of the box make the whole shebang look laughably easy, and then a false sense...» Read More!
Cross country action is underway at Les 5 Etoiles de Pau, the final European five-star of the year, and while you need a subscription to Horse & Country TV to watch today’s phase with English commentary, the event...» Read More!
You’ve heard of show condition, but let us tell you something: there should be a spot on the equine body-scoring chart called Pau condition. This year’s course, designed by Pierre Michelet –– affectionately dubbed Michelet...» Read More!
And so the sand-dancing comes to a close, and the wine-quaffing begins in earnest – and at the culmination of a day and a half of closely-fought competition, a French horse sits in the top...» Read More!
After this morning’s first horse inspection, we were treated to a teeny-weeny, dainty little dressage session in the drizzle this afternoon, which saw the first fourteen competitors deliver their dressage tests for judges Katrin Eichinger-Kniely (C), Tim Downes (B),...» Read More!
There are some things the French do very well: kissing, bread, excellent aphorisms (‘ah, la vache’ – literally, ‘oh my cow’, instead of ‘oh my God’), cinema, full fringes, a Breton stripe, and truly unique...» Read More!
The first horse inspection got underway this morning at Les 5 Etoiles de Pau, mercifully not in the dark for the first time in recent memory. This is partly because of our friends and neighbours the...» Read More!
Started from bottom (March) and now we here (the tail end of the European eventing season, sobbing into a bottle of cheap red). But what better way to cap off a whirlwind season than at...» Read More!
For those of you fearing the swift approach of the end of the season, take heart: we’ve still got some jolly big competitions to look forward to before we all go into hibernation for the...» Read More!
In an emotional retirement ceremony on the final day of Pau, France’s Astier Nicolas said a fond farewell to Piaf de B’Neville, the fifteen-year-old Selle Français with whom he recorded his first four-star win and considerable success at...» Read More!
Great Britain’s Tom Crisp has earned himself an interesting and impressive statistic this season: he’s the only rider to complete all four of the European four-stars in 2018. Two of those were on his top...» Read More!
One thing was for certain after last year’s Pau CCI4*: if you hadn’t previously been paying attention to the French four-star, tucked away in the foothills of the Pyrenees and the tail-end of the eventing...» Read More!
Is anyone else suffering from horrendous Pau withdrawals? It’s a funny old time of year; for those of us on this side of the pond, the final four-star wrapped up eventing in 2018 and placed...» Read More!
Let October 28th forever be remembered as the date when the young and the restless take over the world. In 1216, a nine-year-old Henry III became the King of England, and a mere 802 years...» Read More!
France’s Thibault Fournier and Siniani de Lathus had one rail down in show jumping to hold their overnight lead and win their CCI4* debut at Les Etoiles de Pau on a final score of 29.5....» Read More!
That’s French for “dang it to heck!,” “fudgesicle!” or whatever else is your expression of choice in moments of surprise/duress which we are unable to publish here because EN is a family website. Being an...» Read More!
We are sorry to report that Tilly’s determined campaign to convince riders to show up for Pau’s final horse inspection in Halloween costume was a bust, although Hallie Coon did appear to be dressed as Paul...» Read More!
It takes a course with a lot of nerve to push the likes of William Fox-Pitt, Oliver Townend, Tim Price and Phillip Dutton out the moon door, but on Pau cross country day, nothing and...» Read More!
Pau is known for a few things: swimming rats, French stereotypes, abundant day-drinking, and course designer Pierre Michelet, who spends most of his time zooming around the course on a scooter, cackling and twirling the...» Read More!