Renting a car is the only option for spectators heading to the dressage phase of the eventing competition at the upcoming World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, this northern summer.
Transport is relatively straightforward for the other disciplines, with the event being run at six official competition venues, with shuttle buses running from park-and-ride facilities in the city of Caen.
But with the first phase of the eventing being held at Le Pin National Stud, from August 28, the only option is to get there is by car. Organisers say there are numerous free parking areas nearby. Fortunately for fans of the popular cross-country phase, there will be shuttles running from various towns in the region to Le Pin on cross-country day, and Lower Normandy region is also increasing railway links between Caen and Argentan, with additional TER trains.
Located in the Orne area, Le Pin – known as “The Palace of Versailles for horses” – is a historic centre of dressage and birthplace of purebred Percherons. Built under the reign of Louis XIV, this prestigious stud, stretches out over 1,000 hectares. It is located on the road D 926, 180km from Paris, 40km north of Alençon and 15km south of Argentan’s train station.
The endurance competition is being held in Sartilly, in the Bay of Mont St Michel, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Sartilly is located 10km northwest of Avranches, 15km from Granville’s train station, 7km from the sea and 10 minutes away from the A84, the free highway which connects Rennes to Caen.
The other four competition venues will host the rest of the Games competitions.