This year, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games TM will be held in Normandy (23rd August - 7th September 2014). This is the first time this international event of repute will be staged in France. As the undisputed home of the horse, Normandy is the natural host region for this world renowned sporting event.
The countdown to the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games TM 2014 in Normandy has begun.
From 23rd August to 7th September, Normandy will welcome 1000 horses and competitors from over 60 nations. 500 000 visitors are expected to come and watch the 8 disciplines of the Games which include Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, Reining and Para-Dressage.
7 of the 8 disciplines will be held in the host city of Caen within a short distance of the Games Village. Fans of the Endurance event can travel to the stunning setting of the Bay of the Mont-Saint-Michel, and the Cross of the Eventing discipline will be held at the elegant le Pin National Stud in the heart of the Normandy countryside. There will also be a horse-ball demonstration in Saint-Lô at the national stud and polo at the seaside resort of Deauville.
During the World Equestrian Games, not less than 17 cruise ships calls are scheduled in the Norman Cruise Ports of Le Havre (15), and Cherbourg (2). No doubt that horse lovers among the passengers will seize this unique occasion to take part in this international event.
The World Equestrian Games 2014 also draw attention on one of Europe’s leading equestrian region and the great potential for shore excursions on this theme.
Facts and figures about horse riding in Normandy:
• 4,400 companies
• France’s leading horse-breeding region: 8,300 horse breeders with 10,000 births a year
• 40% of the French racehorses bred
• 20% of the sports horses and 60% of the winning horses bred
• Nearly 1,000 stallions siring half the thoroughbred, French trotter and French saddle horses in France
• 238,000 hectares of pastures devoted to the equine industry
• 300 horse-riding centres
• 31 hippodromes
• €620 million in sales
• Two national stud farms and around 24 private stud farms
• The Institute of Horse Pathology, the only one of its kind in the world
• The Franck Duncombe Laboratory devoted to equine biology, number two in Europe
• Deauville Airport, which specializes in transporting horses