France wins bid for World Equestrian Games 2014
The FEI has awarded the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games to Normandy.
The FEI World Equestrian Games are the world championships of all eight FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, Reining and Para-Equestrian. They take place every four years.
Our neighbour, an endurance rider, is particularly excited by the 160km endurance race from Argentan to Le Mont St Michel!
No less than 900 horses, 800 riders and drivers from 60 nations and 300 000 spectators are expected to gather for two weeks of competition in August 2014. The FEI World Equestrian Games will be broadcast widely and is expected to generate important economic, tourist and sports benefits.
It will be the seventh edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games and the first to be held in France. “The allocation of the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games to the region of Normandy in France is an important development for the future of our sport,” said FEI President, HRH Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein.
“The bid committee in cooperation with the French Equestrian Federation has worked for eight years and presented a project of outstanding quality and vision which enjoys the support of the French government and regional authorities, and presents us as a sport with an exceptional platform in the very heart of a region that shares our passion for horses.”
Laurent Beauvais, President of the Conseil Régionale de Basse-Normandie and of the organising committee behind the candidature of Normandy for the 2014 games, said that hosting the games represented an exceptional opportunity for promoting the region internationally.
He said, “Normandy is the foremost region in France for horse breeding and is a natural choice to host the world’s most prestigious equestrian competition. Normandy is proud to take up this challenge. I would like to dedicate this victory to all the local public authorities that were part of this bid.”