In just under three months' time, the AccorHotels Arena in Paris will be hosting one of the major events on this year’s international sports calendar: the FEI Show-jumping and Dressage World Cup Finals. A rare event in France! This will be just the third time that France has hosted these competitions since their creation in 1979 and 1985. The world’s top riders in these two disciplines will be in Paris from 11 to 15 April, having completed a long and difficult qualifying process.

Show-jumping: the world’s top riders at the AccorHotels Arena in Paris

The World Cup is a global competition. It brings together the world's best riders who qualify on their continents through fourteen regional leagues, each comprising several stages. The Western European League is recognised as being the most difficult.
The French rider Kevin Staut , who currently leads the provisional standings with 65 points, will certainly be one of the qualifiers. “I just love this circuit and this event: for me, this is what real sport is about; the atmosphere in the arenas pushes us to surpass ourselves. I was seventh in my first Final, then sixth, then fifth, and then third; and that's where the progression stopped. But that doesn't stop me from coming back with the same desire every time I qualify for the Final. There are a lot of French riders trying to qualify; it's so important that the Final is in Paris”.

The riders qualified for the World Cup Final are:
1. Henrik von Eckermann (SWE)
2. Kevin Staut (FRA)
3. Marcus Ehning (GER)
4. Edwina TopsAlexander (AUS)
5. Denis Lynch (IRL)
6. Christian Ahlmann (GER)
7. Michael Whitaker (GBR)
8. Roger Yves Bost (FRA)
9. Pieter Devos (BEL)
10. Daniel Deusser (GER)
11. Carlos Lopez (COL)
12. Harrie Smolders (NED)
13. Alberto Zorzi (ITA)
14. Steve Guerdat (SUI)
15. Eduardo Alvarez Aznar (ESP)

16. Robert Whitaker (GBR)

17. Douglas Lindelöw (SWE)

18. Mark McAuley (IRL)

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