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Guerdat on the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games; "The facilities are nearly perfect"

Tuesday, 01 July 2014

Philippe Guerdat. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.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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