Advance Ticketing for WEG

By June 6, 2013
Aerial view of the spacious, green Haras du Pin stud.

Haras du Pin will host eventing and start the 100-mile endurance race at WEG.

Advance tickets for the 2014 Alltech World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, go on sale today.

Purchasers of package deals can reserve tickets and plan ahead for the Aug. 25-Sept. 6 event through one of the following official agencies:

Equestrian Tours – USA
Groupe Voyage Québec – Canada
Equitours – Sweden, Denmark, Finland, Norway
Oxer Sport – Spain, Portugal, Central America, South America
Organisation Unlimited – Australia, New Zealand (+ 0061 3992 63 555, or email wegtix2014@organisationunlimited.com.au)

Advance sales are for package deals only – including tickets, accommodation and transportation. General ticketing commences in November.

An event horse clears brush on a cross country course while a palace looms in the background.

Three-day events are held at the grounds at Haras all year.

The WEG is also launching its official online store, where the public can register to buy merchandise that is soon to be put on offer. Those who do so will receive all the latest ticketing information from the Organizing Committee and automatically go to the front of the cue when tickets for the general public become available.

The 2014 Games will see eight disciplines competing over 15 days packed with 29 finals. Up for grabs: 59 titles and 177 medals; going for them are 1,000 competitors and 1,000 horses. The event takes place Aug. 12-Sept. 7 at venues throughout the historic city of Caen:

Stade d’Ornano
Dressage Aug. 25-29
Eventing (Show Jumping)  Aug. 31
Show Jumping Sept. 1-7

Parc des Expositions
Reining Aug. 25-30
Vaulting Sept. 2-5

L’hippodrome de Caen
Paraequestrian Aug. 25-30
Driving Sept. 4-7

Haras du Pin
Eventing (Dressage, Cross Country) – Aug. 28-30
Endurance (Start) – Aug. 28

Mont St. Michel
Endurance (Finish) Aug. 28

Valee de l’Orne
Driving Marathon Sept. 6

Deauville
Polo Demonstration Sept. 6

The 100-mile endurance ride will start at Haras du Pin, a stud farm billed as “the equestrian Versaille” that hosts three-day events, and end at Mont Saint Michel, a Benedictine abbey and UNESCO World Heritage Site. Perched atop a rocky apex on a tiny island (247 acres) it is accessible only via a narrow, half-mile bridge.

Mont St. Michel looks both historical and futuristic.

Mont St. Michel marks the finish line for the 100-mile WEG endurance race.

Leading French course designer Pierre Michelet, who just designed the cross country track at the Saumur CCI3*, will handle that task for the beautiful grounds at Haras du Pin, a 2,471 acre complex built in 1714 as a royal stud for Louis XIV.  It is located in lower Normandy’s picturesque Valee de l’Orne, described as “a hedonistic town” by the tourism bureau, which touts its natural hot springs.

A delegation of 100 representatives from Normandy Tourism were on hand at the 2010 WEG in Lexington to raise the curtain on the next iteration of the global championship event. In addition to good, equine fun, these Gallic ambassadors proffered French cooking lessons (by famous French chefs!) and all the culinary delights attendant to a historic French region (a cider-growing district, also rich in cheeses).

Sites made famous by the impressionist painters in Honfleur and Giverny, D-day beaches and the annual yearling sale at Deauville were tantalizing dangled before starry-eyed global sport enthusiasts gathered at the Kentucky Horse Park.

To learn more about ticketing options, visit the official website www.alltechfeiweg2014-normandy.com/tickets

For interesting background on horses in the region, read this article at Equisearch.com, and check out this piece on piece on horse sport in Normandy.

More information at www.weg2014.info.

2014 World Equestrian Games logo

Eight disciplines, 15 days, 29 finals, 177 medals, 1,000 horses

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