This month, Claudia is out riding the long trail home to Florida where she grew up. Until she settles down in her new paddock, new columns from her are temporarily out to pasture. In the meantime, enjoy these timely and timeless highlights from past stories.
The World Equestrian Games are finally here! But the anticipation of their arrival was pretty fun too. Take a look back at how Normandy celebrated –
100 days to go…
On May 15th, French artist Christophe Dumont marked 100 days to go until the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy with an impressive and ephemeral sand sculpture.
HorseChannel.com showcases the work on its site and notes: “French artist Christophe Dumont created a spectacular piece of sand art featuring giant, 2.3 by 2.5 metre horse’s hoof prints in a huge ‘100’ on the famous Normandy beach. The artist and a team of 20 people battled against time and tide to produce the unique piece of artwork, so that it could be captured on camera before the waves washed it away.”
This year’s Games, which run from 23 August to 7 September, will feature the world’s finest equestrian athletes competing in the seven official FEI disciplines: Jumping, Dressage & Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Reining, Vaulting and Endurance.
“The giant hoof prints on the beach at the Bay of Mont-Saint-Michel is a beautiful way to mark the 100-day countdown to the start of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, as it captures the free spirit of our wonderful partner, the horse,” said HRH Princess Haya, FEI President. “And everyone who rides horses knows that we spend a lot of time training in circles!”