WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES; 8 world championships, 15 days of athletic prowess and festivities.
Every four years, are celebrated the World Equestrian Games; this event is undoubtedly the biggest equestrian celebration . This huge meeting gathers each time more than 500,000 spectators, 300 photographers, 500 million TV viewers,…
This year, France had the opportunity to host the 7th edition of the Games, which took place in Caen, in Normandy. 76 nations, 1000 riders & 1000 horses competed against each other in 8 different categories: Jumping Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Reining, Vaulting, Endurance, Para-Dressage.
Spectators came from the entire world to see the finest competitors and share their passion and the 3 values at the core of the games :
- Openness, that is to say debunking the cliché of elitism and impenetrable sport. Indeed, these equestrian games wanted to give everyone the possibility to discover horse riding and an equestrian culture. The fact that the competition is international implies also the idea of diversity, an occasion for everyone to widen their horizons.
- Respect was also at the center of these games ; this respect was present through different ways : the respect of the animal seen in the relation with humans, in the competition, with the notion of fair play between competitors.
- Transmission, these games were the occasion for some to discover horse riding and its culture, others could rediscover the sport or transmit people not only their love, their motivation but also their skills. Moreover, this gathering enhanced the charms of Normandy and its heritage which people discovered through the splendid landscapes, and the fascinating history of the region.
But to bring alive the World Equestrian Games, the Organisation had to recruit 3,000 volunteers from all over the world! These people are the spirit of the Games, they enable the 76 nations and its 1,000 competitors & horses to perform! Being a volunteer is a great way to take part in the event. As a volunteer I helped in the organisation of the Games; not only did I have the chance to see great events such as the final of the jumping and the amazing performance of Charlotte Dujardin with Valegro in dressage but I also met some champions like Maxime Livio, Kevin Staut or Patrice Delaveau… which was incredible..!
Being involved in the Games was for me a rewarding and meaningful experience, and I plan on trying to be a volunteer at the next Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.