United States, Britain Join Canada in Bid to Host 2018 WEG

United States, Britain Join Canada in Bid to Host 2018 WEG

The first event to be staged outside Europe was the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington in 2010.

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The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced Oct. 3 that it has received formal expressions of interest from Great Britain, the United States, and Canada to host the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in 2018, after reopening the bidding process on July 1.

The United States has identified two potential host cities—Wellington, Fla., and Lexington, Ky.—and Great Britain will have to confirm the proposed host city with the FEI before the Nov. 15 deadline for bid applicant questionnaires.

Canada confirmed its initial bid to host the 2018 games in Bromont/Montreal. However, the FEI Bureau opted not to allocate the games to Canada at its July meeting after the Canadian delegation was unable to provide the full public sector financial support required. As a result, the Bureau reopened the bidding process for 2018, but expressed the hope that Canada would confirm its decision to continue in the bidding process. The bureau said at the time that any follow-up bid from Canada would be evaluated in the same way as other applicants.

The bid applicant questionnaires will be reviewed by the FEI Evaluation Commission before the host city candidates are announced on Dec. 2, 2013.

In the final stage of the bidding process, the candidates will formerly present their bids to the FEI Bureau at its spring 2014 meeting, after which the host city for the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games will be announced.

“The FEI World Equestrian Games is our flagship event, appealing to huge global audiences of equestrian enthusiasts and sports fans, and these expressions of interest by Great Britain and the USA alongside Canada are testament to the power of these games,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar de Vos said. “We are now looking forward to receiving the bid applicant questionnaires next month, to naming the candidates in December and ultimately of course to announcing the host city for the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 next year.”

The World Equestrian Games are held every four years, in the middle of the Olympic cycle. The seven FEI disciplines—jumping, dressage, para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, and reining—are all included on the competition schedule. The first event to be staged outside Europe was the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Lexington in 2010. The seventh running of the FEI’s flagship event will be staged in France next year, with the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy running from Aug. 23 through Sept. 7, 2014.

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