Tuesday, October 09, 2012

France: A seminar to lead the way!



On 25 September, some 115 representatives of local authorities associated with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ 2014 in Normandy, gathered at a seminar arranged by the Organising Committee (OC). The seminar comprised two distinct phases: a first round of discussions at the Regional Council, followed by an initiation into equestrian disciplines at the Caen Equestrian Club.

The seminar’s principal aim was to bring the participants up to date on the project’s progress. It was also the perfect opportunity to allow them to get to know the members of the OC that they work with. « Of the 140 invitations sent out, 115 people participated; this goes to show how much interest there is for the event », adds Dobrina Perrody, the Organising Committee deputy director. « Everyone present was familiar with a small part of the project, either through their professional involvement in a local authority or other organisation. But we wanted everyone to have an overall view of the Games. We felt that they could, in this way, really appreciate the significance of the event. In a sense, the aim was also to say; we need all of you, we need your skills and your help!”

Proceedings were opened by Fabien Grobon, the OC managing director, who was then followed by several members of the Organising Committee. One after the other, they talked about their exact role, the work already accomplished and the priorities they faced in the coming months.The local authorities’ director generals then went on to make a speech (Regional Council, General Council of Calvados, of Orne, the Manche, Urban Councilof Caen la mer and the town of Caen). Finally, Clara Verger, cabinet director for the Calvados prefect, took the floor to reaffirm the French government’s support for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ 2014 in Normandy.

The second half of the seminar saw a special demonstration of the event’s eight official disciplines at the Caen Equestrian Centre (SHUC as it is known). Eric Navet, the 1990 & 2002 world champion, one of the finest records in world jumping, impressed spectators with his minute and fascinating running commentary about the way he jumps his horse. José Letartre, para equestrian dressage multiple-medal winner, Fabrice Martin, French driving champion, Laura Duponchel, reining champion and the vaulting teams of the Petit Dan stables near Caen, led the way as they all shared their passion for equestrian sport.

It was indeed, a festive end to what had been a day true to the spirit of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games ™ 2014 in Normandy.

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