Chateaubriant’s competition is an International Horse Trials.
The event takes place at the racecourse and the Parc de Choisel. The Parc de Choisel is located between the hospital and Chateaubriant racecourse.
The dressage takes place on the central concourse of the racecourse, the show jumping at the entrance of the racecourse and the cross country, across the Parc de Choisel.
Organising the event
The purpose of the Association Castel Competition Equestre is to organise the horse trials. It has thirty or so members and relies on over 180 volounteers, friends, riders, people passionate about horse trials during the actual event.
Between 1996 and 2000, it organised the Pony Trials in Choisel and more importantly the regional finals in 1998, 1999 and 2000.
In 2004, it organised, for the first time in Pays de la Loire, the Pony Grand Prix. The Pony Grand Prix is one of the most beautiful in France alongside Pompadour’s.
In 2009, a new milestone is reached : competitions over 2 consecutive weekends, the second one being a horse competition with professionnal events.
In 2012, it hosted for the first time a stage of the “Tournée des AS jeunes” (The best junior riders) as well as the Regional Amateur Championship.
In 2013, the association receives the trophy for Best Horse Trials Organisers on a national level. The trophy was awarded and presented by France Complet.
In 2014, it reaches a new milestone and gets the International recognition with its first CCI 1 star and CIC 2 stars.
In 2016, the association receives the trophy for Best Horse trial on an International Level. The trophy was awarded and presented by France Complet.
Honorary President : Alain Hunault, Mayor of Chateaubriant
The Association Office
President : Yves Després
Vice-President : Régine Martineau
Treasurer : Dominique Bonnelie
Vice Treasurer : Catherine Albrespy
Secretary : Françoise Després
Vice Secretary: Corinne Frangeul
Event Technical Direction
Competition President: Yves Després
Technical Delegates : Guillaume Blanc – Pascal Béatrix
Cross Country Course Manager : Fabrice Gibault
Show Jumping Course Manager : Claris Macaud
Paddock Commissionners: Philippe Juvin, Patricia et Alain Evrard, Loic Guillot, Olivier Chollet, Lucie Henry
Results administration and Time Keeping : Horses and Competitions, Nicole Lopez, Thomas Lefevre
Track Director and Cross Commissioner : Catherine Albrespy
Veterinarians : Caroline Tessier – Anne-Juliette Gouze – Aurélie Vaultier
Stable Managers : Fabienne Perez de los Rios – Laetitia Robin
Speakers: Yann Pierre
General Security : Jean-Marc Foreau – Noël Bonnelie – Gerard Bourguoin
Cross Country : Jean-Louis Rigaud – René Guibert – Corinne Frangeul
Show Jumping : Aude Despres
Amateurs car park reception: Rene Guibert
Reception: Régine Martineau
Awards Presentation : Aude et Lise Després
Catering: Françoise Després – Evelyne Vennat – Hugues Kerdudo – Emmanuel Hougron – Dominique Bonnelie
Sponsors and exhibitors village : Françoise Després
External relations and Website : Yves Després – Pauline Chevalier – Nathalie Way
Community Manager : Pauline Frangeul
Video footage – photos : Fernand Havard – Charlotte Aubry
Surveillance: Christian Rifflet, Adrien Robin, Jean-Pierre Neveu, Laeticia Robin