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2017 News

230 Horses Expected to Make Their Way to Lyon’s EuroExpo on November 1-5 for the 2017 Reining International de Lyon & NRHA European Derby

October 20, 2017

For Immediate Release

Equita Lyon, the renowned equestrian event in Lyon, France, is getting close to opening its doors. For the sport of reining – the only Western discipline approved by the Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) – and the heart of the Western Hall (Hall 6), it is going to be a special year.

This important international event is bigger than ever this year as it includes the NRHA European Derby which will take place for the first time in France and will attract the best horses between the ages of 4 and 7 enrolled in the NRHA European Nomination Program. The Derby is run in a go round and final which is always a real spectacle. The show has a total purse of $180.000 with $120.000 for the NRHA European Derby alone. For all French and world wide reining fans, it is a unique opportunity to watch a reining competition at its best.

European reiners, who appreciate the organization and Equita Lyon venue, have responded enthusiastically to this new challenge as close to 230 horses are expected to arrive on Monday October 30; almost 20% more than last year. 71 horses and riders will take part in the NRHA European Open Derby – open to professional riders – and another 71 in the European Non Pro Derby, open to non professionals. Of these, 36 will qualify for the Open final which will take place on Saturday November 4 in the afternoon, and the same number in the Non Pro final which will close the event on the afternoon of Sunday November 5.

Tickets for the European Open Derby final may be purchased at https://equita.fnacspectacles.com/

2017 Reining International de Lyon

15 horses and riders are entered in the $35,000-added NRHA Open Trophy, yet another highlight of the 2017 Reining International de Lyon, a competition which in the past has determined the NRHA Open World Champions. The same is true for the $15,000-added NRHA Grand Prix Non Pro which to date counts 18 entries.

The show schedule also includes the NRHA France Futurity with 4 classes open to 3 and 4-year-old horses which has attracted 36 entries.

No fewer than 13 nations will be represented in Lyon this year: France of course with some 30 entries but also England, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, Belgium, Germany, Holland, Austria, Sweden, Poland Mexico and Canada.

This year, Equita Lyon has built a 30m x 60m arena to enable riders and their horses to warm up in a relaxed atmosphere. Vendors will be present with their booths adjacent to the main arena and the inside stalls and, for the first time, this year drinks and snacks will be offered near the warm up arena.

A VIP lounge located above the warm up arena will also be open on Saturday and Sunday. Renowned French chef, Mathieu Vionnay, will prepare two delicious meals for lunch on both days. For further informations and reservations, please contact Christine Rigollet christine.rigollet@gl-events.com

Communication: Martine Dolbeau


Daniel Koroloff

Muriel De Moubray

NRHA Media Contact: Simona Diale