Organisers of Les 5 Etoiles de Pau have reaffirmed their commitment to running the CCI5*-L competition in October.
So far this year, CCI5* competitions at Kentucky, Badminton, Luhmuhlen, Burghley and Adelaide have all been cancelled as a result of the global Coronavirus pandemic. In addition, a host of other top class competitions have also been cancelled.
The team behind the French event, which is scheduled for October 21 to 25, announced in a statement on June 2 that they were continuing to make preparations for the competition which is now celebrating its 30th anniversary.
It read; “The team is goo good to spare no effort, and do everything possible to make Les 5 Etoiles de Pau happen this year, while of course respecting the health requirements that may be necessary. We would like to thank our sponsors who have reaffirmed their confidence despite their own difficulties, the visitors who keep purchasing their tickets, the exhibitors and their willingness to participate as well as the volunteers from Pau Event who are registering. We need your support to keep going. You are helping make the 30th edition a special one, with a unique meaning.”
The schedule for 2020 was not yet available, but going on the 2019 FEI schedule for the event, entries will be limited to 80 horse and rider combinations.
Pau may not be the only CCI5*-L event to run this year. The Maryland 5 Star at Fair Hill in the USA is slated for October. A statement on April 30th read: “We are continuing to work tirelessly to stage the event this year despite the incredible challenges and unknowns we face. However, because the road ahead over the coming months is still very much uncertain, we are asking everyone to please remain patient. We will continue to monitor the current state of affairs on a daily basis and make ongoing assessments so that our team can make the most informed decisions pertaining to tickets, hospitality packages, partnership opportunities and other related areas.”