August 31 Florac, France ~ September 10 is the date of the highly anticipated European Championship 160km to be held in Florac, in the National Park of the Cézannes. Florac organized the first Continental Endurance Championship in 1984 and the 2011 Teams are assembling with 142 listed riders and reserve participants from 20 countries. Spanish Champion, Maria Alvarez Ponton, will defend her title on Nobby and join the riders at the 4:30 AM Saturday start. Best Condition will be held at 9:30 AM on Sunday, the 11th, followed by the Prize Giving and Closing Ceremony.
The program for the European Championship 2011 is being supported in total by the Comité Départemental du Tourisme de Lozère (The Lozere Tourism Department) where the ride will be held. Tourism being such a high percentage of French income in many places, the Tourism Departments are willing participants in many endurance races, especially of the higher Star level. Likened to the Tevis Cup in America in terrain, the Florac 160 km 3* Championship follows trails through the mountainous region of the Cézannes National Park in Central Southern France.
PHOTO: Maria Alvarez Ponton wins Kentucky WEG on Nobby 2010 copyright Pamela Burton
To compliment the Championship the week before, an Expo will be held in the town of Ispagnac with presentations by local breeders, interviews and farm visits, carriage horse events, picnics and dinners celebrating the occasion. It is fitting that the race comes back to the land of the premier French stallion of endurance, Persik, and brings together the founders of French Contemporary endurance.
Horsereporter will be bringing you the race results and photos from the Cézannes .
List of events for the week (en francais): Programme Officiel LEE 2011
Please see attached conditional start list including reserves:Liste engagements-cavalierpdf