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Crucial starting positions decided for FEI World Cup™ Finals in Paris

The magnificent setting of City Hall in Paris played host tonight to the draws for both the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2018 Finals.

Draw for the Grand Prix starting order in Paris (photo courtesy: Patrick van der Meer).

Guests were greeted by the arresting music of the world-famous band from La Guarde Republicaine (The Republican Guard) and the atmosphere was electric as defending champion, Isabell Werth from Germany, and French rider Ludovic Henry matched the starting numbers and names for Friday’s first leg of the Dressage finale.

A total of  18 riders from 13 nations will contest the Dressage title. It’s going to be a battle of the giants and no quarter will be given, but Frenchman Henry, didn’t do his chances any harm when pulling out his own name as last to go in his opening event.

“It’s been our dream for many years to bring these Finals back to Paris”, said show organiser Sylvie Robert, “and now at last our dream has come true!”. Both the Jumping and Dressage Finals have taken place at the Parisian venue before, but never together, and only once. Finland’s Kyra Kyrklund and Matador won the sixth FEI World Cup™ Dressage title in 1991.

With the riders and their horses ready to go, and fans pouring into the city with great anticipation the stage is set for a fantastic weekend of top sport.

FEI President, Ingmar de Vos, said “it’s an honour to be here in Paris, home of the Olympic Games in 1900 and 1924, and of course 2024, but also the home of so many other great sporting moments. The world’s best partnerships have fought hard to be here and they are ready to claim their piece of history!”

by Louise Parkes

Starting order for FEI World Cup™ Dressage 2018 Final Grand Prix here