Five countries have thrown their helmets into the arena to host the 2018 World Equestrian Games.
The FEI announced yesterday that Rabat (Morocco), Bromont (Quebec, Canada); Budapest (Hungary); Vienna (Austria) and Wellington (Florida, USA) had reached Official Candidate status.
Eight expressions of interest were received in in November 2011, but Australian, Russian and Swedish applications were withdrawn before the start of the official Candidate Phase earlier this year.
Details of the five bid cities were formally presented to the FEI Bureau at its meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland last week.
“It is fantastic to have five really strong bids for hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018 and there could be no better endorsement of the FEI’s flagship event,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar de Vos said.
“The new bidding process that we put in place last year for the FEI World Equestrian Games has generated a huge amount of interest and we now look forward to welcoming the 2018 bidders to FEI Headquarters next month.”
An FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 presentation will be made to the five Candidates at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne on July11 to explain the FEI’s expectations and procedures concerning the Games. Legal Documentation will also be given to Candidates during that meeting. Completed Legal Documentation, including a signed Host Agreement, must be submitted to the FEI by December 15.
As the final stage in the bidding process, the Candidates will formally present their bids to the FEI Bureau at its Spring 2013 meeting, after which the official announcement of the host organisers of the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018 will be made.
The FEI World Equestrian Games are held every four years, in the middle of the Olympic cycle. The seven FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining – are all included on the competition schedule.
The inaugural FEI World Equestrian Games were hosted in Stockholm (SWE) in 1990. Since then the Games have been staged in The Hague (NED) in 1994, Rome (ITA) in 1998, Jerez (ESP) in 2002, and Aachen (GER) in 2006. The first Games to be staged outside Europe were the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky (USA) 2010. The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 will be held in Caen (France).