The organizing committee for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, is working to recruit 3,000 volunteers from all over the world. These volunteers will be on hand as 1,000 competitors and horses compete in front of an expected 500,000 spectators during the 15 days of competition from Aug. 23 to Sept. 7.
Volunteers will help in the areas of hospitality, communication, transport, technology, health and safety and more. To volunteer one must be 18 or older (as of May 31, 2014), and willing to support the four guiding principles of the organization.
- Encourage achievement
- Show open-mindedness
- Promote respect
- Inspire with our enthusiasm
Volunteers should be available during the competition and also for three days of pre-event training.
The event’s recruitment portal went live on April 10 (in French only) and will remain active so that volunteers can get updates throughout the recruitment process. Only the first 5,000 applicants will have the chance to be recruited.
The organizing committee also announced an official mascot for the WEG. Norman, born in Caen on Nov. 26, 2011, just in time for the 1,000-day countdown for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, is an exemplary champion with a strong sense of leadership. This horse was sired by an American reining champion, while his dam was a champion jumper from Normandy. He’s always keen to get involved and cheer on all of the equestrian disciplines. Follow him on the 2014 WEG’s official Facebook page.