A "magical show" symbolising a world tour in 80 horses will open the 2014 World Equestrian Games tonight.
The Opening Ceremony will see 30 scenes divided into three acts performed in front of 20,000 spectators inside the d'Ornano Stadium in Normandy, France.
After a parade by the 74 national delegations taking part in the 15 days of competition, around 300 artists - including 100 riders - will "show that all horse paths lead to Normandy".
Around the world with 80 horses is a project made up of 80 stories written by Jean-Louis Gouraud.
They encourage people to "discover or rediscover something about the incredible bond that has always linked man and horse".
As well as being a key feature of the Opening Ceremony, the project will also be at the heart of the sporting events and the Games Village.
The Ceremony, which will chart Norman and equestrian history, is due to get underway at 8pm Central European Time, and will be streamed online here from 8.30pm.
It is being produced by Paris-based agency Skertzo and will offer "new forms of performance using 3D projections combining monumental arts, performing arts and high technology".
Almost 1,000 athletes are due to compete in eight disciplines of jumping, dressage, eventing, driving, reining, vaulting, endurance and Para-dressage when the sporting action gets underway.
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