The FEI Classics:

13 October 2016

As the FEI Classics™ kicks off in Pau, France this weekend, we thought it a decent idea to try and explain a bit about it. Not that horse sports can be confusing, or anything...

Ok, so first things first.  


The FEI Classics™ series links the 4-star fixtures on the international Eventing calendar, with points accumulated across the six events:


1. Pau, France

2. Adelaide, Australia 

3. Kentucky, USA 

4. Badminton, UK

5. Luhmühlen, Germany

6. Burghley, UK



The Dressage phase at Pau kicks off the competition at 09.00 CET on Friday 14 October.


Michael Jung - So near yet so far…


It’s the only CCI4* event in the northern hemisphere that Olympic Gold medallist Michael Jung has not won.


Jung is the only German at the event, along with 13 other nations.


While he came out on top as the overall winner of the FEI Classics™ title last season, as he won at Kentucky and Badminton, Jung was second last year at Pau. 


Who’s he Riding?


fischerRocana FST - His 11-year-old mare, with proven 4* form with two victories at Kentucky already.


He also brings his double European gold medal ride fischerTakinou.


Who To watch?


  • Last year’s Pau winner, Astier Nicolas, who was a member of the French gold medal team at the Rio Olympic Games


  • Tina Cook from the UK, travelling reserve in Rio and double bronze medalist at the 2008 Olympics, brings Billy the Red and Calvino.


  • New Zealander Jonathan Paget had to withdraw Clifton Lush in Rio with an injury, rides Clifton Signature.


  • Fellow Kiwi Tim Price, who came second to Jung last year brings the 10-year-old Xavier Faer for the horse’s first 4* outing.


2015 winner, Astier Nicolas, was a member of the French gold medal team at the Rio Olympics

So, what's next?

1.  Les 4 Etoiles de Pau CCI 4* (FRA) – 12 - 16 October 2016

2.  Australian International 3 Day Event, Adelaide (AUS) – 3 - 6 November 2016

3.  Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA) – 27 - 30 April 2017

4.  Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR) – 3 - 7 May 2017

5.  Luhmühlen CCI 4* presented by DHL (GER) - 15 -18 June 2017

6.  Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) – 31 August - 3 September 2017


Now you're in the know, check back here on to follow the rest of the competition.


Text by Kate Green & Paul Stretton/FEI

Photogaphy by Trevor Holt & Richard Juilliart/FEI