FEI Observer Program Run at 2014 World Equestrian Games

FEI Observer Program Run at 2014 World Equestrian Games

Representatives of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games in discussion with Stade d’Ornano stable manager Carsten Koch.

Photo: Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)

A high-level observer program for organizers of future key equestrian events is being carried out for the first time at the Alltech Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, France.

Teams from the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games and the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in Bromont, Canada, are currently in Normandy to experience and get a detailed understanding of the complex organizational requirements of top-level equestrian events.

Paul Coté, president of the Bromont Organizing Committee COJEM2018; Roger Deslauriers, general manager of the Bromont Equestrian Park; and the Mayor of Bromont Pauline Quinlan are the key members of the Canadian delegation attending the games. They will remain at the games until the end of the event and will be involved in the handover ceremony that brings the event to a close this Sunday.

Impressive Brazilian delegations are also in attendance at the Games in Normandy. The members of the Rio 2016 Organizing Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were joined by seven representatives of the ministry of sport, the universities in charge of the preparation of the eventing cross-country course, as well as the architects responsible for the development of the equestrian venue, which is part of the Deodoro cluster in Rio.

“The FEI Observer Program provides a valuable opportunity for the organizers of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in Bromont to witness first-hand an equestrian event of this magnitude,” Tim Hadaway, FEI director of games and championships, said. “The delegations have visited all the competition venues here in Normandy, as well as back-of-house locations including stabling, training areas, and veterinary facilities. This process has helped them understand the standards expected by national Olympic committees and national federations at equestrian events at the very highest level.

“Challenges faced by every organizer differ. The extent and variety of disciplines at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy has enabled our Canadian and Brazilian partners to observe the intricacies of running an event on this scale. We are working very closely with the teams in the lead-up to Rio 2016 and Bromont 2018. We have emphasized the importance of providing optimal conditions and services to the human and equine athletes, sponsors, media, spectators and television viewers.”

Coté applauded the FEI Observer Program initiative: "The organizing committee of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in Bromont really welcomes this process set up by the FEI. It is a great opportunity for us to learn from the experience of the previous Games organizers, and the close cooperation with the FEI on location will help us launch our activities in partnership with them."

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