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Meet the Games’ Ambassadors’ Committee

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In less than 4 months, the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 will kick off in Normandy. As part of this event, several national and international celebrities – actors, presenters, impersonators, former professional riders, etc. – have joined forces with the Organising Committee to lend their support to the Games: they make up our Ambassadors’ Committee. Some have been horse-lovers since their childhood, others started riding more recently, and a few simply wanted to promote their home region, but one thing they all have in common is that they are proud to use their image, their talent and their motivation to promote the Games. They all share the same ambitions as us: to make the Normandy 2014 edition an event to remember in France’s number one equestrian region. 

Meet the Games’ Ambassadors’ Committee

Each of the Committee’s ambassadors can choose how involved they wish to be: some have been implicated for a while now, such as writer Jean-Louis Gouraud who for the past year has been penning stories for the “Around the World in 80 Horses” project; some will come along to celebrate the D-100 countdown on 15 May; and others will be on site during the Games to meet spectators and cheer on the competitors. Whatever their involvement, they are all committed to spreading the word about the world’s greatest equestrian event.

Many of these ambassadors are already keen riders, and have strong ties with the horse world. This is certainly the case of Pierre Durand, individual Olympic Jumping champion in Seoul in 1988, who knows all about the event as he won the very first edition of the World Equestrian Games in Stockholm in 1990, in the team Jumping event.

Nicolas Canteloup, one of France’s favourite impersonators, was a riding teacher well before becoming a famous comedian. Still today, he can often be seen at Eventing competitions at weekends.

Guillaume Canet, an internationally-renowned actor and producer, was a show jumper before being injured and turning his focus towards dramatic arts. Currently taking a little break from his artistic career, he is fully embracing his passion for equestrianism, tackling courses of jumps at a variety of different horse shows.

Véronique Jannot has a particular liking for spectacular horse-related performances thanks to her friendship with stunt rider Mario Luraschi. She is also the spokesperson for a captivating discipline that is still largely unknown to the public: Para-Dressage. Recently, she attended the CPEDI*** in Deauville from 4 to 6 April.

Benjamin Castaldi and Julien Courbet, who both rose to fame after presenting television programmes, are keen show jumpers in their spare time. Alexia Laroche-Joubert and Sophie Thalmann share their love of horses through their jobs: Alexia produces programmes for the Equidia channel, and Sophie presents programmes about Man’s most noble conquest.

The other ambassadors, though they are not avid horse-riding fans, are passionate about sport in general and all hail from Normandy, like Malika Ménard, former Miss France, who grew up in Caen and today presents several sports programmes on television.

And of course, the Ambassadors’ Committee would not be complete without our beloved French Caen Caen, the official ambassador of Around the World in 80 Horses, who you can meet at different events organised in the lead-up to and during the Games, both in Normandy and all over France!

Visit our website to see a full list of our ambassadors, which features celebrities such as Alexandra Vandernoot, Jérôme Garcin and Axel Kahn, with many more to be added over the coming months!  

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