The 23rd edition of Le Grand Complet will gather fans of equestrian sports and thrills at the historic site at the Haras national du Pin (Orne, Normandy, France) from August 7 to 13, 2019. World n°1 among international competitions in 2018 by the number of competitors, this event is the only international eventing competition organized in Normandy and the unique FEI Eventing Nations Cup venue in France. The event offers also numerous activities and surprises for the whole family, as it has been the case since its creation in 1995.
The Olympic Games in everyone’s sights.
Winning its ticket for the next Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon (USA) in September 2018 with a great team bronze medal was a feat for France. 2019 is therefore a year of preparation for the French staff that is already working to identify future selectable couples.
Ideally placed in the international calendar, Le Grand Complet has always been one of the last big test before major championships. This was the case last year with the participation of the French Olympic medallist Astier Nicolas with Vinci de la Vigne (7th individual at the WEG), but also Donatien Schauly riding Pivoine des Touches, Maxime Livio and Opium de Verrieres, as well as Sidney Dufresne and Tresor Mail, all three winners of the FEI Pin Nations Cup and team bronze winners at the Tryon JEM.
The FEI Eventing Nations Cup is the perfect opportunity for the chefs d’equipe to test horse/rider pairs for the major deadlines thanks to its team format. Le Grand Complet, theatre scene of the French leg of the FEI Eventing Nations Cup circuit and one of the 7 organized ones in the world, serves as a life-size test. This year, the European nations will have a major goal: the European Championships taking place in Luhmühlen, Germany, from 28 August to 1 September.
New: website available in English!
The OC Ustica, in charge of holding the next FEI European Eventing Championships, decided to invest and translate most of its website. You will now find all the information you need about the show in English!
Le Grand Complet: world n°1 event in the heart of the event riders.
The international 3-Day event organized by Ustica at the Haras national du Pin is now deeply rooted in the international calendar. In 2018, according to the statistics produced by the FEI, between October 1st 2017 and September 27th 2018, Le Grand Complet was the World n°1 eventing competition by the number of competitors (370), ahead of Tattersall (IRL) with 362, and Jardy (FRA) with 360.
Le Grand Complet is also the 1st one in terms of number of starters in an FEI Eventing Nations Cup stage with 107 riders just ahead of Houghton Hall (GBR) with 105.
All the best riders in the world have galoped on the cross-country track designed by Pierre Le Goupil : the legend Mark Todd (NZL) – photo above -, the Olympic & World Champion Michael Jung (GER), the Olympic medallists Christopher Burton (AUS), Astier Nicolas (FRA) and Andrew Hoy (AUS), and many more.
Every year, it is more than 15 nations competing at Le Pin, making of it the French international 3-Day event which gathers the largest number of foreign riders.