July 30, 2013 – Normandy, France ~ Hands-on experience for Organizing Committee teams upcoming in August.
As the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy project gains momentum, the Organising Committee is set to test various aspects of its organisation 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 some of the official 2014 Games venues.
One year ahead of the world’s most important equestrian event, three official disciplines will serve as training for the Organising Committee’s teams:
- Endurance (CEI2* level) on the site at Sartilly (Manche), on Friday 16th August 2013
- Eventing (CCI2* level) at the Haras National du Pin (Orne) and Caen – SHUC equestrian centre (Calvados) from 16th to 18th August 2013
- Driving (CAI-A4 level) at Caen racecourse (Calvados) from 23rd to 25th August 2013
These three events are part of a wider testing programme running over the next 10 months, including the combined Jumping and Dressage test event (20-22 June 2014) in Stade d’Ornano in Caen, providing an opportunity for the organisers to test all different aspects of staging the world’s biggest equestrian event.
The site configuration and resources used at the August 2013 test events will not be representative of what athletes, media and spectators can expect in 2014, as the priority will be on testing technical and organisational processes.
In particular, the focus will be on:
- The general organisation of the teams and the different stakeholders (officials, National Federations, FEI, etc.);
- The sporting aspects, including the smooth running of the competitions, interaction with the athletes and National Federations, the layout of the competition and training arenas, footing, and the volunteer workforce;
- Technology (timing and results).
More than 680 volunteers will help the Organising Committee’s teams receive the 40 nations expected at the three competitions next month.
The test events also allow the participating nations, to become familiar with the organisation and some of the venues for Games in 2014 and provide the National Federations with the opportunity to give feedback to the organisers.
The Organising Commitee then have a year of hard work ahead, in order to provide the perfect setting for a fortnight of the world’s best equestrian sport and festivities for the 500,000 visitors expected in Normandy for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014.
~end press release