It took a considerable 14 years from the events in Montreal, to the conception of the four-yearly event in 1990, but since then it’s run like clockwork in non-Olympic years. Gracing a new location each time, this year sees the fittingly elegant French region of Normandy play host.
World Equestrian Games 2014: setting
The Games are held across four different Normandy locations, the vast majority of events taking place in the town of Caen. The multipurpose Stade Michel d'Ornano will see its fair share of action, with a potential 21,000 spectators packed in to witness the Jumping, Dressage and Eventing showpieces. The beautiful Mont Saint-Michel Bay is the setting of choice for the gruelling Endurance Riding, while Polo fanatics will do well to base themselves in the glamorous coastal commune of Deauville.
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World Equestrian Games 2014: schedule
Much like the Olympics and Commonwealth Games, the centrepiece of the equestrian world sees proceedings spanning the course of two weeks. On this occasion, the Games kick off with the opening ceremony on Saturday 23 August, pausing for breath the following day, then resuming with Reining, Dressage and Para-Dressage disciplines on Monday. The first of the illustrious Jumping events, widely considered to be the most popular, occurs on Tuesday 2 September, with the hotly anticipated Final Four showdown bringing down the curtain on Sunday 7 September.
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World Equestrian Games 2014: ticketing
I mentioned earlier that equestrianism is far too widely regarded as a pursuit of the upper classes, but if anything can dispel that myth it might just be the affordable cost of tickets for the Games. Prices, of course, vary depending on the event and stature of the particular round, but by and large you’ll shell out around £20 for most. The most expensive briefs, for the aforementioned Final Four Jumping, will set you back £75, with registration to a lottery style ballot opening on the official website in spring this year.
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World Equestrian Games 2014: disciplines
All in all, you can choose to settle down for ten various disciplines over the two-week run of the World Equestrian Games. As mentioned, the Jumping events are eternally popular, so you’re advised to secure tickets quickly if this appeals. Don’t miss the lesser-known oddity that is Horseball where possible; it’s an offbeat combination of basketball, rugby and polo that can become surprisingly raucous. For utter showmanship, you can’t go wrong with vaulting, though. The Germans, in particular, traditionally excel in what can only be described as elaborate gymnastics performed on horseback.
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World Equestrian Games 2014: Normandy
If you prefer not to spend the entire duration of your break among our equine friends, you should certainly take the opportunity to explore the surrounding region. You’ll miss the spectacular celebrations marking the 70th anniversary of the D Day Landings by a few months, but you can still pay tribute at the historic beaches where the battles took place. Make time to visit the stunning small town of Bayeux, famous primarily for its masterfully woven tapestry depicting the Battle of Hastings, but also for the Gothic Cathedral that dominates the skyline for miles around.
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Caen Holiday Homes
The enclosed St Sauveur: In the heart of the historic center of Caen, Le Clos St Saviour frame perfectly combines old eighteenth century and modern with lots of charm. Find a loft spirit and design in this bright inside where it is good to relax i...
This well-decorated semi-detached holiday cottage has a cosy lounge/dining area overlooking the main street of the village. St. Martinides Entrées is located just 3km from historic Bayeux, with its medieval cathedral and famous tapestry from the t...
Right in the centre of the beautiful historical city of CAEN, an apartment on the 4th floor with lift. Two balconies look out on the tower of Escoville and the castle of CAEN.
Very beautiful modern decoration, very light, ideal for a couple to vi...
Number of persons: 6.
Beach/water: Sandy beach approx. 10 km.
Floor space: 135 m².
Pet: Pet allowed.
Next village/town: Caen approx. 8 km. Town center of Cambes-en-Plaine approx. 300 m.
You will like this detached holiday home (can accommodate a maximum of 6 adults plus 2 children), with stylish furnishings and its lounge opening onto a large garden. Located in the heart of the historical Caen with all facilities nearby. Its a gr...
T4 apartment 70 m2 on 1st floor, guardian free parking. Close to shops, leisure and transport: Bakery and pastry, butcher, pharmacy, doctor, florist, newsagent, supermarket, hairdresser, post office. Transport: bus city. tramway, Velib rental. 10 ...
Very nice bed and breakfast for one person or a couple (extra bed available for a child) in living in luxury apartment.
Near the city center, near the main roads, the port, the landing beaches, countryside and forests.
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Ideal place for a family or group of friends arriving in Caen.
2 minutes away from Caen second world war museum (Memorial). The flat is situated in a quiet pedestrian street of the small shopping center of the Folie Couvrechef area: all facilitie...
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Rates: from 250 to 350 € depending on the season.
Nightly rental as possible (minimum 2 nights)
Rates: 50 to 59 €.
Rent sheets and towels can (10Euro per person)
2 adult bikes available.
Furnished comfortable apartment ideally lo...
Large apartment of 85 m2, very bright, spacious, quiet seventh and last floor of a building dating back to Reconstruction (1953) and completely renovated, with lots of character: large entrance hall, grand staircase, beautiful building local stone...
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Welcome to Caen, a few steps away from the Memorial, in this fully furnished and fitted accommodation. You drop off your luggage and everything is at your disposal. It is completely independent, you find a place tha...
Large 1 bedroom flat with spacious lounge completely renovated in the heart of the city next to shops and bus stops, close to D-Day beaches, seaside and countryside. Quiet location in city centre overlooking a park.Ideally located
Ideally located halfway between the city center (10 min walk) and access to various highways, town house with garden offers you the possibility to easily enjoy the beautiful Normandy region below. House sleeps 8 with 3 levels, ideal for family wit...
Nice apartment in the 18th century, completely renovated two-room (plus kitchen and bathroom is 52m2) Spacious, quiet, located in the historic center of the most beautiful square in Caen. Comfort. Pedestrian area .All shops and activities.
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In the very heart of Caen historical center, this charming 18th century Mansion surrounded by trees welcomes you in a calm and warm atmosphere.
Please note that a minimum stay of 2 nights is required between June and September included.
4 rooms, fully equipped and each particularly individualized with an en-suite bathroom. Each rooms is linked to the idea of "travelling" and opens onto a courtyard where you will find a small pond. There is also a large patio on the first floor fi...