Test events in four FEI disciplines will take place in 2013 and a further two in 2014 in preparation for the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.
The test events will run according to the following schedule:
Endurance–Aug. 16 at Sartilly
Eventing–Aug. 16-18 at Haras du Pin and Caen
Driving–Aug. 22-25 in Caen
Reining–Oct. 20 in Caen (Parc des expositions)
The test events for show jumping and dressage will be held in June 2014.
“The Organizing Committee and the FEI are working in close cooperation to stage the best possible test events and to deliver Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 of the highest quality,” said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos. “Test events in six FEI disciplines will be organized, and even though no specific test events will be held in vaulting and para-equestrian, all technical aspects will be examined to ensure the competitions in all the disciplines meet the same level of excellence.”
The Games’ Organizing Committee has now confirmed that the dressage and cross-country phases of eventing will take place at Haras du Pin and the final jumping phase will be held at the main stadium, Stade Ornano, in Caen.
“Haras du Pin is renowned for the quality of its infrastructure and the FEI is very pleased that a plan that meets all our requirements regarding the best possible conditions to ensure horse welfare has been agreed to,” De Vos added.
Looking ahead to the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018, Rabat (Morocco) has withdrawn from the bidding process.
“The sad passing of HRH Princess Lalla Amina has meant that the Moroccans have lost the driving force behind their bid to stage the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018,” said De Vos. “We have two strong bids from Canada and Austria for 2018, and we are hopeful that the Moroccans can regroup and put in a bid for 2022.”
Bromont (Canada) and Vienna (Austria) are still in the running to host the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018. The host city will be selected by the FEI Bureau in the spring of 2013.