Grand Prix d’Amérique 2020 turns 100 at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes

Published by Caroline J., Alexandre G. · Published on 8 January 2020 at 13h04
Grand Prix d’Amérique is turning 100 years old in 2020 within the legendary Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes. This exceptional race is planned on Sunday January 26, 2020 and brings together 18 of the best harness racers in a true show American way including cheerleaders, acrobats and many entertainments yet to come…

True sporting event devoted to all riding lovers, Grand Prix d’Amérique 2020 is much more than a harness racing. Held every year on the last Sunday of January, the race is a genuine show American way gathering 40,000 enthusiasts, amateurs and of course professionals meeting in Vincennes – hippodrome de Paris on Sunday January 26, 2020.

And this year, the race celebrates its 100th anniversary, please! As a matter of fact, it's in 1920 that the biggest harness race is created. At first, the event was created to honor the committment of the United States to the First World War and the strong relationships uniting France and its American ally.

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The day is just incredible: in addition to attend a race featuring the world best thoroughbreds, we discover American shows including dance, acrobatics, vaulting, followed by a cheerleaders show, please! For its 100th anniversary, we'll be provided with a sensational 30-minute long show on the track. Drivers will be joined by 100 junior drivers, 100 standard-bearers from all over the world as well as 100 Harley-Davidsons!

This Sunday January 26, 2020, horses will run for 2,700-m for spectators’ greatest happiness. Please note that this year, harness race participants face off each other for a common cause, the Fondation pour la Recherche Médicale, a charity that will receive the whole revenues of the admission tickets and the benefits of the shirts sold for this Grand Prix.

Prix d’Amérique 2020 programming:

  • 11 a.m.: Doors opening
    40,000 spectators are expected to come along and share in the all the emotions of a Grand Prix at the Hippodrome.

  • 12 p.m.: 1st race
    Famous stuntman, trainer and acrobat, Mario Luraschi is a true horse one-man band. For the Grand Prix d'Amerique 2019 opening show, he'll perform on the Vincennes racetrack a unique horse show.

  • 1:20 p.m.: American-style opening parade
    Big American-style show with 100 Harley-Davidsons and 18 drivers parading.

  • 3:35 p.m.: Spears Carousel Show
    Spears Carousel Show including 25 riders wearing a helmet with horse hair and bearing saber and spears, accompanied by 30 musicians of the French Republican Guard on the racetrack of Vincennes – Hippodrome de Paris. Enjoy the traditional uniform and the reputation of the French Republican guard.

  • 3:55 p.m.: Official Parade
    Presentation and procession of the 18 competitors on the starting line of the anniversary edition of the Grand Prix d’Amérique.

  • 4:10 p.m.: Grand Prix d’Amérique
    The launch of the race with 18 competitors on the 2,700-m track. The winner will be crowned World Champion for 2020

  • 4:15 p.m.: Lap of honor
    A lap of honor from the 2020 World Champion.

  • 4:20 p.m.: Official podium
    Award ceremony for the 3 winners of the Grand Prix d'Amérique 2020.

  • 6:20 p.m.: Last race of the program

Practical information

Dates and Opening Time
On 26 January 2020
Starts at 11 a.m.



    2 route de la Ferme
    75012 Paris 12

    à partir de : €5

    Recommended age
    For all

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