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!
“I don’t usually try something new at a four-star, but I took a risk and it paid off,” laughed 23-year-old Hallie Coon after the career-best test that earned her and Celien a 29.1 today at Pau. That...» Read More!
One thing I love about Pau is that you never 100% know what’s going on, or what is going to happen next. That unknowing is owed in large part, I think, to a language barrier...» Read More!
Is Pau dressage over already? At some events Thursday and Friday seem to drag on forever, but here in France they seem to be flying by. Is time collapsing in on itself, or are we...» Read More!
Ireland’s Joseph Murphy and his longtime partner Sportsfield Othello are the old pros of the 2018 Pau field. This is their fourth crack at the event together, having finished 27th in 2011, 5th in 2014,...» Read More!
Each passing day of the Pau CCI4* is like one of those Etch A Sketch toys that you erase by turning it up upside down and shaking it. Like, go ahead, spend the better part of...» Read More!
Some people visit the Grand Canyon or stare out across the vast ocean to experience the truth of mankind’s ultimate smallness and put one’s own life into perspective. Eventers just crawl down into a ditch....» Read More!