Over 200,000 WEG Tickets Sold, Another 220,000 To Go On Sale Mar. 4

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CAEN, France, Jan. 21, 2014–More than 200,000 tickets, almost half the total to be offered, have already been sold for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France from Aug. 23 to Sept. 7, with many tickets for the Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping still to go on sale Mar. 4.

Half of the tickets sold so far have been to nations outside France, according to Fabien Grobon, Chief Executive Officer of the WEG Organizing Committee in a regular update on the showcase of the international horse sports of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting and para-dressage held once every four years.

The organizers also reported that about 3,100 prospective volunteers have already been interviewed and that applications for one of 3,000 volunteer positions will remain open until Mar. 1. About two-thirds of the volunteer applicants have been women and overall about 50 per cent have been from Normandy, about one-third from the rest of France and the remainder from outside the country.

The 200,000 tickets sold so far, Fabien said, do not include tens of thousands bought by companies in a special program aimed at Normandy businesses.

He also defended ticket pricing that averages €24 (US$32.50) and, he said, is only half the price charged by the organzers of the 2010 WEG in Lexington, Kentucky that was also widely criticized for inordinately high hotel charges.

Demand is so high for tickets for jumping’s Final Four where the top four riders swap horses that a ballot may be held, he said.

The test event, primarily to test footing, will be held for dressage June 23-24 and for jumping June 25-26.

Fabien said plenty of hotel rooms and other accommodations were available in Normandy. Help finding accommodation is available on the WEG web site: http://www.normandy2014.com/