Bromont, Lexington Continue in 2018 WEG Bid Process

Bromont, Lexington Continue in 2018 WEG Bid Process

Lexington was the host city for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games.

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The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has received signed host agreements from two cities bidding to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. The bid teams from Bromont/Montreal, Canada, and Lexington, Ky., (USA) have both confirmed their continued interest in hosting the games in 2018.

Lexington, the host city for the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, returned the signed host agreement in advance of the deadline for receipt of the documentation, which expired at midnight on March 31.

The Bromont/Montreal bid had previously submitted the required paperwork and did not need to resubmit, but Equine Canada’s new president, Al Patterson, has officially confirmed to the FEI that Bromont/Montreal will remain in the bid process.

Lexington, Bromont/Montreal, and Wellington, Fla., had been declared as official candidate cities last December, and site visits of all three venues have recently been conducted by FEI Director of Games and Championships Tim Hadaway. However, Wellington withdrew from the bidding process just prior to the latest deadline in the bid process as Equestrian Sport Productions was unable to deliver the commercial requirements put in place by the FEI.

“It is unfortunate that Wellington is unable to deliver on the commercial requirements and has had to withdraw, but we are confident that both Bromont/Montreal and Lexington have very strong bids,” said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos. “Both venues are very impressive and there is no question that either of them would offer an excellent location and quality infrastructure for a really wonderful FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018. We are looking forward to the next stage in the process when the two candidates present their detailed bids to the FEI bureau in June.”

Following submissions by the FEI’s evaluation commission to the FEI bureau, the candidates will present their final bids to the bureau at its in-person meeting in June 2014. The host city for the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 will be announced after that meeting.

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