At the test event for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, WoSJ met up with Philippe Guerdat – Chef d'Equipe for France – who has decades of championship experience behind him both as a rider and as Chef d'Equipe. This is what Guerdat had to say about the venue in Caen;
"The facilities are nearly perfect and everything is very close. It looks a little bit like it did at the Olympic Games in London, where everything was close to the main arena – such as the stables and the warm-up. I think they did a great job here. A lot of things still has to be accomplished, but for the showjumping I think everything will be ready. Because when you have a good footing, good facilities and a great stable - that is what we ask for – and here that is perfect."
"Of course there will be some difficulties, but it is like everywhere when you go to a championship. Basically at events like this you have to have an accreditation to go to the toilet, but that is normal and we know that.
I was here two months ago when it was still grass in the ring and they explained to me how they wanted to manage it and I thought it would be a lot of work, but they did it. Everything is good and perfectly done. The way to go down the tunnel to the arena is not just sand, it is a proper ground.
What do you think about the chances for the French team?
"We will see. We have a chance, but we are just one team out of many."
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