Delegations involved in organising two key equestrian events, the 2018 Bromont World Equestrian Games and the 2016 Rio Olympics and Paralympics, are in Normandy for WEG as part of an observer programme.
The teams from Rio de Janiero, Brazil and Bromont, Canada, are in Normandy to experience and get a detailed understanding of the complex organisational requirements of top-level equestrian events.
Bromont Organising Committee president Paul Coté, Bromont Equestrian Park general manager Roger Deslauriers, and Bromont Mayor Pauline Quinlan are key members of the Canadian delegation.
They will remain in Normandy until the end of the Games and will be involved in the handover ceremony that brings the Games to a close this Sunday.
Coté praised the observer programme, saying it was a great opportunity to learn.
Impressive Brazilian delegations are also in attendance at the Games in Normandy. The members of the Rio 2016 Organising Committee for the Olympic and Paralympic Games were joined by seven representatives of the Ministry of Sport, the universities in charge of the preparation of the eventing cross country course, as well as the architects responsible for the development of the equestrian venue, which is part of the Deodoro cluster in Rio.
It is the first official observers’ programme organised by the FEI.
“The FEI Observer Programme provides a valuable opportunity for the organisers of the Rio 2016 Olympic and Paralympic Games and the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 in Bromont to witness first-hand an equestrian event of this magnitude,” said Tim Hadaway, the FEI’s director for games and championships.
“The delegations have visited all the competition venues here in Normandy, as well as back-of-house locations including stabling, training areas, and veterinary facilities.
“This process has helped them understand the standards expected by National Olympic Committees and National Federations at equestrian events at the very highest level.
“Challenges faced by every organiser differ. The extent and variety of disciplines at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy has enabled our Canadian and Brazilian partners to observe the intricacies of running an event on this scale.
“We are working very closely with the teams in the lead-up to Rio 2016 and Bromont 2018. We have emphasised the importance of providing optimal conditions and services to the human and equine athletes, sponsors, media, spectators and television viewers.”