Anyone familiar with French sport horse breeding will be well aware that 'Le Grande Semaine' is the place to be. Hosted in Fontainebleau for the past 36 years, this unique breeding week  has been attracting international breeders and showjumping enthusiasts from around the world. More than 1,850 horses from the ages of two to seven are invited to compete in two disciplines: Showjumping and show hunter. The economic upturn of recent times will encourage everyone involved in the equestrian sector to visit this  breeding/young-horse Mecca: Breeders, owners, riders... anyone looking for that rare gem. The championship titles of these national age-group finals are highly coveted and a proof of excellence, as demonstrated every year by their performances in top-level international competitions. Even qualifying for the finals is a sign of a properly trained horse with the necessary qualities to fulfill dreams on the world stage. From August 24 to September 2, 2018, the Grand Parquet Equestrian Stadium in Fontainebleau will see the 'cycle libre' (amateur category) for horses in their first, second and third year of competition, followed by the 'cycle classique' (professional category) for four-, five- and six-year-old horses, as well as the French championship for seven-year-olds and the Selle Français fillies event.