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The Organising Committee promotes the Games in Barcelona

France was guest of honour at CSIO Barcelona from 26-29 September for two reasons. First came victory for the "blue jackets" in the final of the Nations Cup, then the Normandy 2014 Organising Committee promoted the Games by holding a press conference for the international media and a field-based promotional operation to reach Catalonia’s horse-riding enthusiasts !

The Organising Committee promotes the Games in Barcelona

THE FRENCH TEAM WINS THE NATIONS CUP FINAL

The French national team - comprised of Simon Delestre, Patrice Delaveau, Eugénie Angot, Aymeric De Ponnat and Pénélope Leprévost, and led by Philippe Guerdat – dazzled by winning the new-look Nations Cup series, beating Brazil by just one point! The level of competition was very high, since among the other 7 nations present were Great Britain, reigning Olympic and European Champions; the Netherlands, who have already won two Cups this season; Canada, including multi medal-winner Eric Lamaze; and Brazil, winners of the qualifying competition. Two days earlier, Normandy native Patrice Delaveau triumphed in the Longines Cup, the most important individual class at CSIO Barcelona, on Carinjo Hdc. All in all, it was a great performance by the French team just under a year before the Games begin!

THE 2014 GAMES PRESENTED TO THE INTERNATIONAL MEDIA

Just a few hours before the final of the Nations Cup, Fabien Grobon, Chairman of the Organising Committee, Laurent Cellier, Director of Sports, and Celine Gualde, our press relations consultant, took advantage of the international media presence at Barcelona Polo Club to hold a press conference for around fifty journalists. It was a great opportunity to present the 2014 Games again, to review the summer 2013 test events, and to reveal the services that will be available to the media next year. The conference was a great success and was much appreciated by the journalists present, who will all be in Normandy next year, between 23 August and 7 September.

NORMAN, AN INTERNATIONAL START

He may not be quite as popular as Rafael Nadal, with his 12 million fans on Facebook, but one thing is clear: Norman caused quite a sensation with Spain’s riding fans when the Games’ Road Tour visited Barcelona! As he wandered around the showground, the Games mascot had his photo taken with over a hundred horse-riding enthusiasts, who had come to watch the 102nd CSIO Barcelona. Spectators were invited to enjoy a variety of Games-related entertainment activities: screenings of videos presenting the Games, interactive terminals that enabled the general public to purchase products from the official boutique, distribution of Games badges and flyers, and much more. We are sure to see many of these Spanish fans in Normandy next year! 

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