Canadian flags waved proudly on August 23 during the Opening Ceremonies of the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy, FRA-where François Hollande,President of France, officially pronounced the Games open for 15 days of thrilling competition.
More than 70 Canadians took to the d’Ornano Stadium during the parade of nations, which showcased riders from all 74 countries who will be competing at the Games in the eight FEI disciplines of Dressage, Driving, Eventing, Endurance, Jumping, Reining, Para-Equestrian, and Vaulting.
More than 20,000 spectators were in attendance at the d’Ornano Stadium to welcome the athletes during the parade of nations. Canadian Reining Team member Josiane Gauthier of Lucama, BC, and Endurance Team member Leanna Marchant from Calgary, AB, proudly led the Canadian contingent around the d’Ornano Stadium. At the completion of country introductions, Canadian Olympian and Dressage Team member, Belinda Trussell of Stouffville, ON, was honoured with the role of flag bearer for Canada.