The managers for the eight disciplines at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy have been announced.
Jumping: Frédéric Morand, technical manager of the Rolex FEI World Cup qualifier in Bordeaux;
Dressage and Para-Dressage: Didier Ferrer, organiser of CDI3* Biarritz and the various CDIs at Vidauban. He will be supported by a Para-Dressage specialist.
Eventing: Jean-Marc Varillon, technical director of the HSBC FEI Classics Les Etoiles de Pau;
Driving: Jean-Pierre Brisou, organiser of CAI Compiègne;
Endurance: Nicolas Wahlen, organiser of CEI1, 2, and 3* Compiègne;
Vaulting: Philippe Rossi, organiser of FEI European Open Vaulting Championships for Juniors and Seniors 2011 and the FEI World Vaulting Championships 2012 in Le Mans;
Reining: Michèle Pfender, an international judge since 2002.
“The FEI is delighted with these strong additions to the Organising Team two and half years before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2014 in Normandy,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said.
“These well respected professionals have a lot of event organising experience in their respective disciplines and we are looking forward to working closely with the Normandy team so that they can deliver an unforgettable event.”
Fabien Grobon, Managing Director of the Organising Committee said that the discipline managers had been selected for their enthusiasm and ability to share their experience and to work as a team.
“They are also supportive of the core values of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy. All of these factors have been instrumental in the recruitment process, which was done in close cooperation with the French Equestrian Federation,” Grobon said.
The managers, who will be working under the leadership of sports director Laurent Cellier, will join the Normandy team next month at a two-day introduction seminar at which they will meet the FEI sports directors. The management team will also attend the London 2012 Olympic Games where they will have an opportunity to examine the technical and logistical aspects of hosting a major equestrian event, as well as meeting the competing nations in Greenwich.
The technical programme for the 2014 Games will be finalised in 2013.