A new cross country course at Le Pin National Stud

On Friday 19th July, 400 days before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy begins, Le Pin National Stud unveiled its new cross country course in the presence of Laurent Beauvais, Chairman of the Normandy 2014 Organising Committee, Alain Lambert, Chairman of the General Council of Orne, and Christian Vanier, Managing Director of the French Institute of Horses and Equestrianism (IFCE).

A new cross country course at Le Pin National Stud
© Comité d'Organisation Normandie 2014

Around fifty guests were invited to the inauguration of Le Pin National Stud’s new cross country course, which was designed and created to host the cross country phase of the eventing competition, which will take place on Saturday 30th August 2014. A variety of works and alterations were needed to host such a high level competition, and in order to give the competitors an impeccable cross country course to ride. In addition to the course itself, various other projects were carried out: a reserve of water and a sprinkler system were created, four fords were modified or built, and a variety of natural obstacles were erected.

Driven by the Orne department, on behalf of the GIP (public interest group) of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, and project managed  by the SB Tracks Design syndicate, the work began in August 2012 and was completed in spring 2013, following exceptionally heavy rainfall over the winter. Art-Dan, the company who carried out the work, must now labour to keep the grass and earth in good condition, with the help of the IFCE’s teams. For nearly a year, staff will be taught how to maintain the course, with the aim of retaining the intrinsic qualities of these facilities beyond the Games and thus enabling Le Pin National Stud to host top-level events over the long term. A total of almost a million Euros has been spent on the cross country course.

Next stages: in 2013-2014, a new dressage arena will be built at the foot of the château, meaning that the estate will boast top-quality facilities which, after the Games, can be used for other disciplines and events. Meanwhile, work on the water reserve and the special sprinkler system, paid for by the General Council of Orne, will continue. Between now and 2014, again in preparation for the Games, a grass schooling arena will be restored, the future horsebox and lorry park will be levelled, an area for veterinary checks will be created, and the tracks leading to the course will be reconditioned. 

As a reminder, the events of the Eventing competition will be held at Le Pin National Stud (Dressage on 28 and 29 August, and Cross on Saturday, August 30) and at the D'Ornano Stadium in Caen (Jumping  on 31 August).

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