Equestrians from a record 72 nations will take part in the upcoming Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.
The number of entries in principle made by the March 31 deadline is an all-time high and represents a 10% increase compared to the entries in principle for any of the previous editions of the Games.
At this initial stage, the NFs have indicated the disciplines in which they intend to be represented by a team or individual athletes. Although the final participation will be confirmed first by the nominated and ultimately by the definite entries, this is a significant first step in the Games entry process.
The disciplines that have attracted the greatest number of nations are Jumping with 57 National Federations, followed by Endurance with competitors from 50 countries.
Nine countries – Australia, Austria, host nation France, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, and the United States – have entered teams in all FEI disciplines: Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting, and Reining.
And another 12 countries will be making their Games debut – Hong Kong, US Virgin Islands, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Morocco, Mauritius, Peru, Palestine, Romania, Thailand, and Tunisia – demonstrating the increased globalisation of the FEI’s flagship event.
“We are delighted with the strong interest the National Federations are showing in this summer’s Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said.
“It is very exciting to welcome new nations from all over the world to the FEI’s biggest event. The majority of the nations that will be participating for the first time have indicated their intention to send teams or individuals in more than one discipline, which shows how well our sport is developing all around the world. These are exciting times and I am looking forward to a successful record-breaking Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.”
The next deadlines in the entry process are:
24 June – Endurance
21 July – all other disciplines
14 August – Dressage, Para-Dressage, Eventing, Endurance, Reining
21 August – Jumping, Driving, Vaulting
Breakdown by discipline:
Jumping: 57 NFs (41 teams; 16 NFs with one or two individual riders)
Endurance: 50 NFs (40 teams; 10 NFs with one or two individual riders)
Dressage: 39 NFs (28 teams; 11 NFs with one or two individual riders)
Para-Dressage: 34 NFs (24 teams; 10 NFs with three or four individual riders)
Eventing: 29 NFs (23 teams; 6 NFs with one or two individual riders)
Vaulting: 29 NFs (20 squads; 14 pas-de-deux; 23 NFs with one to three female vaulters; 15 NFs with one to three male vaulters)
Reining: 25 NFs (19 teams; 6 NFs with one or two individual riders)
Driving: 19 NFs (15 teams; 4 NFs with one individual driver)