Final preparations are being put in place for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, with the opening ceremony less than seven weeks away.
The seventh staging of the event is set to be the biggest yet, with a record number of competitors and a record number of nations set to compete.
The numbers involved in the event, centred on Caen, in Normandy, France, gives some idea of the sheer scale of it all.
Here’s WEG by the numbers:
500,000,000 Expected television viewers around the world.
75,600,000 The cash backing for the games, in euros, through both public and private funding.
10,000,000 The number of euros committed by main sponsor, Alltech, to the Games.
300,000 The number of tickets sold so far for the Games.
100,000 The number of unsold tickets, as of July 4.
3000 The number of the volunteers set to pitch in to help run the Games.
1200 Journalists covering the event.
1000 The number of horses taking part. A similar number of riders will be competing.
100 The number of individuals on the Games organising committee.
74 The number of nations set to participate.
57 The number of nations that have signalled their intention to compete in jumping, making it the most popular among the FEI disciplines.
50 The number of nations intent on competing in endurance, making it the second-most popular discipline at the Games.
25 The average price, in euros, of the tickets.
12 The number of countries making their WEG debut. They are Hong Kong, the US Virgin Islands, Kazakhstan, Republic of Korea, Latvia, Morocco, Mauritius, Peru, Palestine, Romania, Thailand, and Tunisia.
10 The number of equestrian disciplines on show. The official FEI disciplines of jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, reining and para-dressage will be joined by polo and horse-ball as exhibition disciplines.
9 The number of countries to enter to have entered teams in all the FEI disciplines. They are Australia, Austria, France, Great Britain, Germany, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Sweden, and the United States.