Bidding is open for the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games, with expressions of interest due in to the FEI by May 15 this year.
The successful bid city is to be announced at the FEI General Assembly in Montevideo, Uruguay, in November 2017.
The Games, which take place every four years in the middle of the summer Olympic cycle, feature all of the FEI disciplines – Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining.
“The FEI World Equestrian Games is one of the major events on the global sporting calendar and we are looking for host cities that can deliver an exceptional experience for both athletes and spectators,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said.
“The FEI World Equestrian Games represents the greatest gathering of top-level equestrian athletes with eight World Championships in one event, uniting our disciplines, our community and our fans. The 2014 Games in Normandy attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million to the French economy.
“As with all events of this scale, we have been carefully analysing every aspect of our flagship event to make sure it continues to appeal to large audiences and attract media and television viewers. On the basis of this, we have been engaged in a lengthy consultation process with the greater equestrian community and global media representatives to make the FEI World Equestrian Games format more cost effective, more universal and ensure it continues to appeal to new fans.”
Earlier this month the FEI also launched the bid process for the FEI European Championships 2019 and the FEI World Cup Finals in four disciplines for 2019 through to 2021.
The application process for the World Equestrian Games is as follows:
Phase 1 APPLICANT PHASE
May 2016: Bid Applications & Questionnaire and Bid Guide available to download by interested parties on www.fei.org
August 2016: Deadline for applicants to submit Bid Applications & Questionnaire
Phase 2 CANDIDATE PHASE
December 2016: Candidates announced and Host Agreement provided to all Candidates
January – May 2017: Site visits and Q&A regarding Candidate bids
June 2017: Deadline for submission of completed Bid and signed Host Agreement
June – October 2017: FEI evaluation of Bids, including Bid presentations to FEI Evaluation Commission
November 2017: Final Candidate’s presentations to FEI Bureau and appointment of 2022 host city