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!
In a first day full of dressage heavy-hitters, it was the last horse to enter the arena — and a four-star debutante, no less — who would scoop the top spot at this early stage...» Read More!
Bettina Hoy and Designer 10 have slapped down some of the lowest dressage scores in the biz over the summer: a 21.2 in the CIC3* at Luhmühlen, followed by a 22.3 at Aachen. Tilly swears she spotted...» Read More!
Sunrise at Pau is like something out of a dream. The full moon was still dangling high above like a giant paper lantern even as the first horse inspection got underway and the sun was...» Read More!
There are plenty of slightly odd things about Les 4 Etoiles de Pau, or, to give it its official title, #PartyPau, and one of those is definitely the first horse inspection. It takes place under...» Read More!
If you’ve never tuned into France’s premier three-day event, you’re in for a treat this week. Nestled into the foothills of the Pyrenees, a stone’s throw from the Spanish border, the final CCI4* of the...» Read More!
Entries have been confirmed for Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4*, which will take place Oct. 24-28 in France. There are 65 total combinations entered, including four from the U.S. and one Aussie we claim as our own. Here...» Read More!
In this three-part series William Micklem shares reflections and observations from attending the 2017 Pau CCI4.* If you missed them: Part 1 “The Calm Before the Storm,” Part 2 “Triumph and Tragedy” and Part 3A “Love and Luck.”...» Read More!
In this three-part series William Micklem shares reflections and observations from attending the 2017 Pau CCI4.* If you missed them: Part 1 “The Calm Before the Storm,” Part 2 “Triumph and Tragedy.” 1) It takes...» Read More!
In this three-part series William Micklem shares reflections and observations from attending the 2017 Pau CCI4.* If you missed Part I, “The Calm Before the Storm,” read it here. 1) It takes disappointment …. It...» Read More!
Look, if there’s one thing that’s quite plain to see, it’s that we’re on the cusp of a French takeover. With victories at Le Lion d’Angers and Pau, they’re only building in strength, power, and enviably...» Read More!
For the third consecutive year, a French rider has lifted the trophy at the home CCI4*. Gwendolen Fer’s beautiful clear round aboard her experienced partner Romantic Love secured her the title – and made her...» Read More!
It was enough to inspire flashbacks to the Rio Olympics. Like that fateful course, which toppled the hopes of so many, Pierre Michelet‘s Pau track laid waste to the leaderboard and conquered even the most experienced...» Read More!
We are devastated to report that Boyd Martin’s mount Crackerjack has been euthanized after sustaining multiple fractures to his right front pastern on cross country at Les Etoiles de Pau CCI4*. The incident occurred in the...» Read More!
Forget what you’ve heard: there’s nothing soft about Pau. Designed by Pierre Michelet — the man responsible for that Rio course, as well as last week’s courses at Le Lion d’Angers, France’s four-star makes the most...» Read More!
Hands up if you’re an unapologetic Boyd Martin fan! Okay, great, so now that I have, quite literally ALL of your attention, allow me to present you with a little gift from the man himself,...» Read More!
The shock withdrawal of Michael Jung and La Biosthetique Sam FBW from Pau has opened the door for the possibility of a new number one in the FEI World Rankings, a title held by Jung for the past two years....» Read More!