ALLTECH FEI WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES™ 2014 IN NORMANDY: 2 test events organised in d'Ornano Stadium from 23 to 26 June



20 June  - From 23 to 26 June, the Normandy 2014 Organising Committee will be arranging a series of international Dressage and Jumping competitions, which will serve as test events in D'Ornano stadium, where the construction work will soon be completed.

Just like the test events of August 2013 (which included Eventing, Endurance and Driving), these competitions are not a rehearsal for the main event, but rather a simulation enabling the Organising Committee to move forward. These events will also enable the national federations to discover d'Ornano stadium in its equestrian configuration for the first time, and to enter into discussion with the Organising Committee, in order to get ready for the final weeks.

Competitions will take place over 4 days, with the Dressage CDI3* on 23 and 24 June, and theJumping CSI2* on 25 and 26 June.

A preparation but also a fine sporting competition !

Several nations have assigned a rider involved in the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy, so these few days are sure to be showstopping! Laurent Cellier, Sports Director within the Organising Committee, explains how his strategy was coloured by the steady rhythm of the international competitions, hence the decision to stage these test events on weekdays: “to enable the champions to get in some riding between two major competitions in Europe. Most importantly, we were keen not to stage our events on dates overlapping an historic competition like Rotterdam. We respect tradition in Normandy!” Numerous countries will be represented during these 4 days, including: Australia, Canada, South Africa, Israel, Colombia, Chile, Palestine, Japan, Korea, the United States as well as Venezuela. The French and European riders will also be present of course!

Jumping CSI 2 * - 25 and 26 June

53 athletes from 24 nations will come to Caen on 25 and 26 June. Some stars will be present, including World number 7 Patrice Delaveau with 2 of his horses : Ornella Mail and Quenndal de Lojou HDC ! Oleksandr Onyshc Henko, the "captain" of the Ukrainian team, will come with two horses : Canevaro and Carlina. The rising star of the Moroccan team Abdelkebir Ouaddar, the American Lauren Hough, and 12 French riders will also be there… a great competition is ahead of us !

CLICK HERE to download the entry list of the Jumping competition ( 25 & 26 June)