We are currently receiving a lot of questions about this year's event. We will keep working on the 2020 vintage of Les 5 Étoiles de Pau (a CCI5*-L event and FEI Driving World Championship for singles) - a great celebration marking the 30th edition of this event and included in the agenda of the best riders and drivers in the world.
For our 40,000 visitors who eagerly wait for the event each year, and the one million online viewers; for our 150 sponsors and suppliers who rely on us; for our 100 exhibitors who are preparing their tradestands; for the territory in which we are rooted in, each year promoted through the event; for the riders and drivers who are looking forward to competing in this exceptional sports meeting - the team is going to spare no effort, and do everything possible to make Les 5 Étoiles de Pau happen this year, while of course respecting the health requirements that may be necessary.
We would like to thank our sponsors who have reaffirmed their confidence despite their own difficulties, the visitors who keep purchasing their tickets, the exhibitors and their willingness to participate, as well as the Pau event volunteers who have registered - we need your support to keep going. You are helping to make this 30th edition a special one, with a unique meaning. See you on October 21-25, 2020!
This year, the Area VI Championships took place on a sweltering weekend in Ramona, California at the Copper Meadows Horse Trials. In order to qualify to compete in the Area VI Championships in 2020, riders had to earn two MERs at the level at an event in Area VI during the qualifying period from August 1, 2019 to August 18, 2020.
Wildfires are currently ravaging the West Coast of the United States. According to the state of California, since the beginning of the year, there have been nearly 7,900 wildfires that have burned over 3.4 million acres in California. Since August 15, when California’s fire activity elevated, there have been 25 fatalities and nearly 5,400 structures destroyed. In Washington wildfires have burned over 626,000 acres, 181 homes had been lost, and one death occurred as a result. In Oregon, over 1 million acres were burned, and about 40,000 people were evacuated, with about 500,000 people in evacuation warning areas.
“There are people who want to be right and people who want to get better.” Tamie Smith is one of the latter. A member of the 2019 Pan American Games gold medal-winning team with multiple successes through the five-star level, Smith’s career is propelled by a desire for continued improvement and a commitment to good horsemanship.
Having this historic competition close isn't the right result for the sport, and the United States Eventing Association (USEA) is working hard to find a solution. The organizer and landowners operate exceptional events on a beautiful piece of land. We are deeply sensitive to the history of the word "plantation" and its connection to slavery; however, this property has no known connections to slavery and was instead named after 'plantings' on the property.