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The largest equestrian event in the world…

Laetitia Bataille

Held every four years, alternating with the Olympic Games under the support of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), the World Equestrian Games are the largest equestrian event in the world. The fifteen-day event broke records across the board, with 74 participating nations – an increase of 25% on the last Games in 2010- and attracted a crowd of over 565,000 spectators.

One again, Dutch show-jumping riders proved their supremacy, with Jeroen Dubbeldam taking the Jumping title after a breathtaking finale, whereas local hero Patrice Delaveau took individual silver and America’s Beezie Madden bronze. Dutch carriage drivers were also successful, winning the team gold medal and Theo Timmerman taking individual bronze (America’s Chester Weber won the silver) as Boyd Exell (Australia) was crowned world champion for third consecutive time. 

Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro took the indivudual gold in dressage – the pair now hold the full complement of world Dressage titles, having already strutted to glory at Olympic, European and Reem Acra FEI World Cup™ level during their extraordinary three-year-career together. Sandra Auffarth took Germany on the top of the world, winning the eventing individual title, with her 12-year-old Opgun Louvo, a Normandy-bred Selle Français. United States won their fourth consecutive Reining gold medal, with Shawn Flarida riding Spooks Gotta Whiz.

HRH Princess Haya, who will not stand for a third term as President of the FEI, closed the games with a poignant message, offering the thanks of the equestrian family to Normandy and to France for hosting the 2014 Games.

Front cover photograph : © Pure Photography by Laure Vargas

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Published 13-11-2014

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