Test events for the dressage and showjumping competitions at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games are taking place at Normandy’s D’Ornano stadium later this month.
The events from June 23 to 26 will enable the Organising Committee to assess its preparations, and will also allow the national federations taking part to give feedback. Riders from France and Europe will be joined by representatives from Australia, Canada, South Africa, Israel, Colombia, Chile, Palestine, Japan, Korea, the United States, and Venezuela.
Preliminary events including eventing, endurance and driving were held last year.
The four days of competition include three CDI3* dressage competitions, and four jumping classes up to 1.45m.
Several nations participating in WEG are sending riders already selected for the Games, and Organising Committee Sports Director Laurent Cellier said the decision to stage the preliminary events on weekdays was to enable competition in between major European events. “Most importantly, we were keen not to stage our events on dates overlapping an historic competition like Rotterdam. We respect tradition in Normandy!”
Nineteen riders from 12 nations will be taking part in the dressage competition, including 2012 Olympic team gold medalist Carl Hester, and world number nine ranked Nathalie Zu Sayn Wittgenstein of Denmark. In the jumping, 53 athletes from 24 nations will be in attendance.
The public can attend the event for free for the showjumping on June 25, by logging in to the ticketing website.