WEG Kicks Off With Spectacular Opening Ceremony

It’s finally here! The moment we’ve all been waiting for — the 2014 World Equestrian Games are upon us, and the opening ceremony is starting momentarily.

Refresh this page for all of the action, and if you’re an FEI TV subscriber, the ceremony will be streaming live here.

Go WEG!

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5:09 p.m. EST: “Goodnight to all, and long live the World Equestrian Games!” That’s a wrap from Normandy. Let the games begin!

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5:08 p.m. EST:

5:04 p.m. EST: Wrapping up a fantastic and mind blowing display in Normandy.

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5:02 p.m. EST:

4:59 p.m. EST: Pegasus.

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4:57 p.m. EST: Spectacular.

4:55 p.m. EST: Call me a basket case, but I might be getting a little misty eyed over here.

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4:53 p.m. EST: Freedom!

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4:49 p.m. EST:

4:47 p.m. EST: Now this is a chess game I can get on board with!

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4:44 p.m. EST:

4:42 p.m. EST: How cool is this?

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4:38 p.m. EST: Battle ready!

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4:32 p.m. EST: We agree.

4:31 p.m. EST: Vaulting demo!

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4:25 p.m. EST: Synchronized half-passes! Is this even real life?

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4:21 p.m. EST: Fancy, fancy. And some airs above the ground.

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4:20 p.m. EST: What’s your favorite color? All of them!

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4:13 p.m. EST: New dressage idea: Perform your test under these lights:

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4:12 p.m. EST: Reiners in the house!
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4:09 p.m. EST: Holy cow, the Vikings are here! The visual elements of this ceremony are incredible.

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4:05 p.m. EST: Horseball demo!

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4:03 p.m. EST: So You Think You Can Dance: Normandy Edition. Way better than anything on FOX.

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3:58 pm EST: Goosebump factor: max.

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3:56 p.m EST: This adorable little girl and huge Percheron are walking around a map on the floor of the stadium.

This adorable little girl and huge Percheron are waking around a map on the floor of the stadium.

3:55 p.m. EST: OK, this is really cool.

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3:53 p.m. EST: Pitch black in the stadium as top secret ceremony about to kick off! The title scene is called “Sagittarius.”

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3:49 p.m. EST: Our friends with the cool hats are back now.

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3:45 p.m. EST: Kevin Staut taking the sportsmanship oath on behalf of the athletes.

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3:44 p.m EST: And the flags are up!

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3:42 p.m. EST: Prime Minister Manuel Valls has officially declared the 2014 World Equestrian games open!

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3:35 p.m. EST: #CHINCHFORPRESIDENT

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3:33 p.m. EST: Princess Haya takes the podium. Will it be Chinch up there four years from now? #chinchforpresident

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3:28 p.m. EST: We’re feeling the love.

3:25 p.m. EST: So beautiful.

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3:23 p.m. EST: The crowd goes wild for their home team.

3:21 p.m. EST: These guys are here to party:

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3:20 p.m. EST: And the home team has gotten the crowd in a frenzy!

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2:11 p.m. EST: Something special, indeed.

3:07 p.m. EST: Those Stars and Stripes sure do look good!

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3:05 p.m. EST: Team New Zealand in the house!

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3:04 p.m. EST: Anyone else have goosebumps?

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3:00 p.m. EST: Go Team Ireland!

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2:55 p.m. EST: In comes Great Britain, definitely one of the key teams to beat in eventing.

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2:54 p.m. EST: GO USA!!!!! #MERICA Everyone looking very sharp in their Hermes jackets.

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2:52 p.m. EST: Well-known eventing commentator Ed Holloway is doing the FEI TV commentary for the Opening Ceremony, and he’s giving a nice shout out to all the countries competing in eventing. Thanks, Ed!

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2:48 p.m. EST! GO CANADA!!!! #camericanpride

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2:47 p.m. EST: Shout out to the Brazilian eventing team!

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2:44 p.m. EST: Heads up in the main arena! Loose child!

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2:42 p.m. EST: HUGE cheer for Team Australia. No glimpse of the eventers this time either. C’mon, FEI TV!

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2:40 p.m. EST:

We didn’t get a glimpse of Michael Jung on FEI TV when Germany came by, but we know he’s there, just waiting to kick major butt next week.

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2:39 p.m. EST: South Africa leads the way as the first nation out.

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2:35 p.m. EST: Nice hat! The Republican Guard of France kicks off the Parade of Nations, which will feature a whopping 74 countries.

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2:30 p.m. EST: The festivities are about to begin!

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