Semi-trailers loaded with equipment, scaffolding, boxes filled with electric cables and projectors, tons of straw to spread out in the buildings: the countdown has started at the Avignon exhibition center a few days from the opening of the 36th Cheval Passion equestrian festival. It will take place from January 19 to 23.
Six Golden Manes galas instead of five
Canceled in January 2021 and then again last May because of the Covid-19 pandemic, it is the festival of all hopes, all expectations for 90,000 visitors expected and the 800 registered exhibitors. “This time it’s the right one“slips a smiling technician securing projectors for the highlighting of the famous Golden Manes gala, placed under the sign of” the magic of the equestrian arts. “
Priority to the health security of all
However, there is no question of pretending that the pandemic is not galloping in Vaucluse, where the incidence rate has exploded since the beginning of January. The prefect of Vaucluse has also set conditions for the holding of the event: capacity limited to 2,000 spectators maximum for the Crinières d’Or gala, compulsory health pass to be able to enter the enclosure of the show, wearing a mask for all, physical distancing, seated catering only and the possibility of Covid tests on site. The organizers of Cheval Passion ensure that the rules set will be respected throughout the event.
6.5 million euros in economic benefits
For this reunion in the form of “resistance”, As Dominique Santoni, the president of the Department, pointed out, Cheval Passion has prepared a program of exceptional entertainment and shows. Particular emphasis will be placed on young audiences, on the professionalization of the equestrian show business and on the development of the horse-related economy in Vaucluse as in the rest of the region. Let the party begin !