As the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy gains momentum, the Organizing Committee is set to test various aspects of its organization during preparatory events in August 2013. These events, which feature in the national and international calendar, though at a lower level than the main event in 2014, will take place in some of the official 2014 Games venues but will not be open to the general public. The Endurance test event (CEI2* level), will be held in Sartilly (Manche) on Friday 16th August 2013.
ENDURANCE CEI** SARTILLY in Northwestern France (Mont-St. Michel -Normandy)
Emmett Ross Chef d’ Equipe, USA Endurance, will be on tap with two top USA endurance riders to test the trails.
“Yes we are coming with a small group– most of us arrive on 13th for the 16th race, ” said Ross. “We will have two riders, the limit allowed by the OC. Meg Sleeper and Marcia Hefker will be riding just to complete and assess much of trail.
Ross said a few other horse owners, US team hopefuls, and ride support will also come to help and preview the trail and venue. “The two rider’s trail reports and some hiking on the trails by us will be used to assess the trail and give me and selectors an idea on who might thrive on this trail,” continued Ross.
The riders will make the 129.3 km ride that has views along the famed, Mont-St. Michel, on leased French owned and trained horses.
Meg (Margaret) Sleeper will ride the 10-yr-old,Arabian mare, Tikis Twistyr (R-Kon +/x Bound for Gloree by Sir Wm Tryczam+). Sir Wm Tryczam+ is a *Sambor++ son owned by Sandra Fretelliere (FRA).
Marcia Hefker is riding the 11 yr-old Arabian gelding, Quadad Al Jahid (Nemhr x Imerina el Rachid) owned by Cecile Dumas (FRA)
Hosted every four years, alternating with the Olympic Games, under the aegis of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the World Equestrian Games are the largest equestrian event in the world. Held from 23 August to 7 September 2014, the event groups together eight disciplines over fifteen days of competition: Show jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Reining, Vaulting, Endurance and Para- Dressage. It brings together over 60 nations and nearly 1,000 competitors to showcase their talent to an expected 500,000 spectators expected on top-level equestrian competition grounds.
File Photo ©Pamela Burton Meg Sleeper, 2010 WEG