February 2012~ Laurent Cellier, 43, is in charge of the overall organisation of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. Along with eight discipline officials, the task is daunting. From drawing up the competition timetable to managing the horses and then there are the medal ceremonies to take care of – it is up to Laurent Cellier to think of everything.
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy mark the beginning of a whole succession of international sporting events in France: UEFA EURO 2016, the 2017 World Handball Championships and the 2018 Ryder Cup. Held every 4 years, alternating with the Olympic Games and under the authority of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), the World Equestrian Games are the biggest equestrian event in the world. They will be held from August 24th to September 7th 2014.
The event brings together 8 official disciplines over a period of two weeks of competition: jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, reining, vaulting, endurance and para dressage. Over 60 nations and nearly 1000 athletes will come together to demonstrate equestrian competitions of the highest standard to the 500 000 visitors expected at the various sites.