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An indoor eventing challenge of a kind rarely held indoors, popularised by the Jumping International de Bordeaux and always a big hit with the local crowd.
Held for the first time in France at the Jumping International de Bordeaux in 2014, as part of a high level sport competition, the indoor derby brings together the cream of eventing specialists for a challenge that always has the crowd on the edge of their seats.
The crowds are always big and enthusiastic for the Indoor Derby, a discipline which, along with show jumping, was one of the stars of the last Olympics!
Eventing usually takes place against vast natural backdrops, in beautiful locations such as the Domaine de Sers in Pau. The Indoor Derby takes that format and adapts it for maximum impact in an indoor setting.
The arena is converted into a course containing around twenty obstacles, in a configuration comparable to a traditional eventing course but scaled down to fit into the main arena, the practice arena and the corridor linking both. From end to end, the course covers around a kilometre. Many of the sport’s biggest names have tested and enjoyed this unique challenge, situated somewhere between an eventing cross-country course and a show jumping course.
At the 2020 edition, Champion Karim Florent LAGHOUAG once again topped the podium! This victory marked the third time that Karim has claimed the title with his trusty Punch de l’Esques AA.
France’s riders were on fine form at the Rio Olympics in 2016, winning a team gold medal and an individual silver courtesy of Astier Nicolas. And in Tokyo in 2021 with a bronze medal
Many of those same athletes will be determined to shine in front of home crowds at the 2024 games in Paris.