“Big Numbers” of Dressage, Jumping Tickets Still Available for WEG

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D'Ornano Stadium in Caen, venue for World Equestrian Games dressage.
D’Ornano Stadium in Caen, venue for World Equestrian Games dressage.

CAEN, France, April 29, 2014–About 270,000 tickets have been sold to the general public for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games but “big numbers” are still available for dressage and jumping at the main competition stadium in Normandy, France in late summer, Fabien Grobon, Normandy Organizing Committee Chief Executive Officer reported Tuesday.

Sales were “well ahead of plans,”  but he estimated that more than 50 per cent of accommodation at hotels to bed and breakfasts were still available for the Games that open Aug. 23 and run to Sept. 7.

The dressage schedule is the Nations Cup Grand Prix Monday, Aug. 25 and Tuesday, Aug. 26, the Grand Prix Special Wednesday, Aug. 27 and the Grand Prix Freestyle Friday, Aug. 29 in D’Ornano Stadium in the regional capital of Caen.

With a little more than 100 days to go, 72 nations have indicated their participation, an increase of 10 per cent over previous Games.

Nine nations–Australia, Austria, France, Germany, Great Britain, Netherlands, Sweden, Switzerland and the United States–will field athletes in all the disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting  and para-dressage.

The number of nations participating in reach discipline are 57 in jumping, 50 in endurance, 39 in dressage, 29 in eventing and vaulting, 25 in reining, 19 in driving and 34 in para-dressage.

“We will create an incredible legacy with these Games, which will last for at least the next 15 years, thanks to our close working relationship with the FEI, our 100-strong Organizing Committee and over 3,000 volunteers supporting us at our five competition venues,” the organizers said.

WEG is being funded by €75.6 million (US$104.4 million) of taxpayer and private money.