The eventing World Championships for six- and seven-year-old horses – or officially, the WBFSH (World Breeding Federation for Sport Horses) Eventing World Breeding Championships – take place each autumn in Le Lion d’Angers, France.
This is a highly prestigious competition in which the best young horses in the world go head to head with their peers. The six-year-olds compete at CCI2*-L level and the seven-year-olds at CCI3*-L.
The competition at Le Lion is renowned for providing the young horses with a true big event atmosphere. The cross-country course is always beautifully decorated and large crowds attend the event, providing plenty for these inexperienced horses to cope with as they take part in the competition.
Past winners of Le Lion d’Angers
Numerous horses who have gone on to success at the top level of eventing have competed at Le Lion.
The year 2000 was a particularly bonza one for Le Lion because Nicolas Touzaint’s ride Galan De Sauvagère won the six-year-old title and Pippa Funnell piloted Primmore’s Pride to the seven-year-old title. Galan De Sauvagère went on to be a double European champion and win Olympic team gold and Primmore’s Pride won Badminton Horse Trials and Burghley Trials and an individual Olympic bronze. Galan is among those horses who have done the Le Lion double as he also won the seven-year-olds in 2001.