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France: Inaugural international races in Fougères - Full Article

12th July 2019
Race Report made with the assistance of Antoine Helleux

Fougères, Brittany, France. Saturday 29 June 2019. It was the first time the association Cheval Endurance Fougeraise organised a CEI1* and CEI2*.

38 riders took off for the CEI2* 120km and another 39 riders for the CEI1* 90km ride. Due to the heat wave in France (35°C at the maximum) and in order to protect the horses, the ground jury and veterinary team decided to change the heart rate and speed rules. The maximum heart rate to enter the vet gate was decreased to 60 in 15 minutes, the minimal speed was lowered to 11 km/h.
The track ran for partly through the forest and on the little hill around Fougères.

First vet check was located in the place of « Rocher Portail » 15 km of Fougères. After the first 35km only six horses were stopped thanks to good management of the riders, and limited speed of only 15 km/h...

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