Big name riders aside, five-star debutante Mollie Summerland had one of the most impressive rides of the day across Pierre Michelet’s cross country track at Pau CCI5* — the only five-star of 2020. At just 22 years of age...» Read More!
There are a few things that are certain in life: death, taxes, and a extraordinarily tough showjumping course at Les 5 Etoiles de Pau. Of all six CCI5* events in the world, it produces the...» Read More!
View this post on Instagram Will there be a shake-up at the top? We can’t watch. 🙈 Show jumping kicks off in a few hours at @5etoilesdepau. Watch live on @horseandcountrytv 😬 ....» Read More!
There’s been some drama at this afternoon’s final horse inspection at Les 5 Etoiles de Pau, for which 35 horse-and-rider combinations presented after five overnight withdrawals. Among those absent from proceedings was best-placed French rider Jean Lou Bigot,...» Read More!
The sun shone down on Pau course designer Pierre Michelet today — probably because if it hadn’t, he’d have given it 20 penalties and a yellow card — offering up a scorcher of a day, a first return...» Read More!
Welcome to the most frightening depths of the mind of Pierre Michelet, a man who we always imagine tenting his fingers in his nuclear powerplant and cackling away in a French accent. There’s a rumour that...» Read More!
It would have been easy to become complacent in this morning’s tiny final dressage session, which saw just 15 of the 47 entered combinations come forward — after all, we saw the venue record smashed twice...» Read More!
32 of the 2020 Les 5 Etoiles de Pau field came forward for dressage yesterday while just a mere 15 remain to perform their tests in Friday’s session — but if you think that means there’s...» Read More!
You don’t quite think of the first phase as being the battlefield for a ferocious head-to-head, but that’s exactly what it became this afternoon as day one’s batch of competitors came forward at Les 5...» Read More!
Welcome to Thursday at Pau, where we’re looking ahead to a truly colossal afternoon of dressage. Colossal in talent, that is — we’ve all enjoyed a leisurely lie-in while the arena was taken over by...» Read More!
Can’t make it down to the south of France because of, you know, pesky pandemics, quarantine regulations, and the world going a bit topsy-turvy all around us? No matter: there are plenty of ways you...» Read More!
You’ve met the riders of Pau — now it’s time to get to grips with the 48 horses they’ll be strutting their stuff with throughout this week at the world’s only CCI5* of 2020. From...» Read More!
If there’s one thing that floats Pau’s boat more than anything else, it’s embracing #SpookySeason and holding the trot-up basically as close to midnight as the FEI will let them. Okay, okay, we’re exaggerating a bit, but...» Read More!
There’s plenty of excitement in the world of eventing with the first – and only – CCI5* competition of the year happening at Les Etoiles de Pau in France this week and New Zealand have...» Read More!
Welcome to sunny Pau, where the palm trees and the beachy arenas certainly aren’t the hottest thing about this year’s competition. We’re looking at a compact but absolutely world-class field, featuring an absolutely dribble-worthy line-up...» Read More!
We’re sure if you read between the lines enough there’s a bit somewhere in The Killers’ Mr Brightside (a wholly overrated bop at this point, let’s be honest) about coming out your cave and doing just...» Read More!
Bonsoir, readers, and welcome to the dark side. I’ve been seeing the word ‘blog’ chucked around like a searing bit of weaponry lately, and as is my wont, I’ve decided to embrace that which is...» Read More!
Did we ever, truly, think we’d make it to this point? Probably not — but from the rubble of the 2020 calendar rises Les 5 Etoiles de Pau, the one and only CCI5* of this...» Read More!
For those in need of a glimmer of hope in these funny old times, look no further – we come bearing the happy news that Les 5 Etoiles de Pau, France’s autumn CCI5*, is still...» Read More!
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!