|A horse and rider perform during the opening ceremonies of the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Photo: Leslie Potter
On Friday, July 8, Alltech founder Dr. Pearse Lyons and Normandy 2014 chairman Laurent Beauvais officially announced that Alltech would be the title sponsor of the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games. The 2014 WEG will be held in Normandy, France.
“Alltech is proud to continue our partnership with the World Equestrian Games,” said Dr. Lyons. “These world championships of equestrian sport epitomize the values that we applaud; passion, excellence and performance…France and Normandy in particular, with its worldwide reputation of excellence in horse breeding, is a strategic location for our company. Alltech has a long-standing history of serving the agricultural community in France and we are thrilled to support the event in Normandy and to share in the pride of this spectacular event.”
The 2010 games were the first to be held outside of Europe and the first to have a title sponsor.
“This is the best business decision he ever made because the branding and business recognition have been phenomenal,” Dr. Lyons said after the 2010 games.
Alltech has gone from a behind-the-scenes producer of animal feed supplements to a household name in equestrian circles. The company introduced its consumer equine nutritional supplement, LifeForce, around the same time as the 2010 WEG.
As of July 8, 2011, the countdown to Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games Normandy 2014 opening ceremony, scheduled for August 17, 2014, was 1,136 days. The organizers are projecting a count of 900 human athletes and 850 equine athletes from 60 countries to compete in the 2014 games.