Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 Normandy
The World Equestrian Games comprise the world championships for eight equestrian sports; dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, para dressage, reining and vaulting (see links below for articles on each of the disciplines). The Games are held every four years, two years prior to the Olympic Games, and are governed by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI).
The first World Equestrian Games were held in Stockholm in 1990 and incorporated the six equestrian disciplines of Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance and Vaulting. In 1994 the city of The Hague in the Netherlands hosted the Games.After a late cancellation of the Games that were to be held in Dublin, Ireland, Rome stepped forward to host the 1998 Games on one year's notice. All disciplines except the Endurance were held In Rome; the Endurance competition was hosted by Dubai that year.
Jerez de Frontera, Spain hosted the Games in 2002 and Reining was included for the first time. The Games went to Aachen 2006, again with seven disciplines, and in 2010 Games were hosted outside of Europe for the first time. The Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Kentucky was the venue and, for the first time, Para Dressage, the newest FEI Discipline was included as the eighth discipline. Another first in Kentucky was that the Games had a naming rights sponsor, the Lexington based organisation, Alltech.
In 2014, Normandy will host the seventh edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games which will officially be known as the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014. This joint signing between Alltech and the Normandy 2014 Organising Committee represents a historic partnership in the world of equestrian sports with a commitment from Alltech to the value of €10 million.
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