Don't miss

Replay


LATEST SHOWS

THE INTERVIEW

'We sell dreams, passion,' says French Open's Guy Forget

Read more

FRENCH CONNECTIONS

The French are so rude! Or is it just a misunderstanding?

Read more

REVISITED

After key battle, Syrian town of Kobane looks to the future

Read more

THE INTERVIEW

'War is not an option,' says former FARC guerrilla leader

Read more

EYE ON AFRICA

Madagascar political crisis: top court orders formation of unity government

Read more

MEDIAWATCH

Ireland's abortion referendum

Read more

THE WORLD THIS WEEK

Weinstein in court; Ireland abortion vote; Italy's populist takeover

Read more

YOU ARE HERE

Sugar and spice: The flavours of the French Caribbean

Read more

ENCORE!

The writing's on the wall: Revolutionary posters from May 68

Read more

France

Video: Eiffel Tower hosts world's premier show-jumping competition

© FRANCE 24

Text by Emma JAMES

Latest update : 2014-07-06

The French capital is renowned for romance, haute couture and fine dining. But from July 4-6 a prime stretch of its tourist heartland has been transformed into the venue for an international show-jumping competition.

It is the first time Paris has hosted the Global Champions Tour, the richest series of competitions in the equestrian sport. Riders are aiming for their share of a prize pot totalling €680,000.

Forty of the best show-jumpers from across the globe will grace the temporary arena in the shadow of the Eiffel Tower.

French crowds can expect plenty of homegrown talent to cheer on, with three of their riders currently ranked in the world's top 10.

There’s also a chance for some star-spotting. Living rock legend Bruce Springsteen is in town to watch his daughter – who’s vying for a place on the USA team that will be heading to Normandy next month for the World Equestrian Games.

In the international amateur classes, French actor Guillaume Canet and Monaco royal Charlotte Casiraghi are among those proving their talents in the saddle.

To watch FRANCE 24's full video report on show jumping in Paris, click on the player above.

 

Date created : 2014-07-05

  • FRANCE - TOURISM

    Proposed law would increase Paris hotel tax by 500%

    Read more

  • CULTURE

    My Paris: Musician Bibi Tanga

    Read more

  • CONCERTS

    Rolling Stones play Paris on latest leg of '14 on Fire' tour

    Read more

COMMENT(S)