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Challenges promised for WEG 2014 cross-country

Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon and Merlots Magic led from start to finish to claim victory in the eventing test event at Haras du Pin and Caen in the build-up to next year’s World Equestrian Games.

Italy’s Vittoria Panizzon and Merlots Magic led from start to finish to claim victory in the WEG 2014 test event at Haras du Pin and Caen last August. © Roland Thunholm/FEI

The cross-country at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, later this year will have a few surprises for eventing riders, according to designer Pierre Michelet.

Michelet, who is also designing the course for the Rio Olympics in 2016, told US Eventing this week that the course at Haras du Pin will be longer than last August’s test event and run in reverse. Riders can expect a rigged and hilly course, along with three water jumps, some narrow fences: “Many combinations will ask for precision and good balance, especially with the (steep) slopes,”  he said.

The course is still under construction at the French National Stud, and will be about 6.5km long with 45 jumping efforts.

The cross-country phase of the three-day-event at WEG 2014 will be on August 30.

WEG organisers have also launched a reduced-price offer for family passes for the opening ceremony, at d’Ornano Stadium in Caen on Saturday, August 23. The offer is for 1 adult ticket purchased in Category 1 at €76  = 1 free ticket for your child under 12.

The offer is valid until January 25, and 1000 passes are available.

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