Deadline Days Away for Expressions of Interest for 2018 World Equestrian Games

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The 2010 World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremony at the Kentucky Horse Park. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
The 2010 World Equestrian Games Opening Ceremony at the Kentucky Horse Park. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The International Equestrian Federation deadline of Sept. 30 is only days away for non-binding Expressions of Interest to host the World Equestrian Games for 2018 after a two-year effort the first time around failed to produce an applicant that met FEI requirements.

Full details of the bidding process, timeline and requirements to host the WEG will be set out in bid documents to be sent Oct. 3 to national federations submitting expressions of interest.

Bidding for the 2018 WEG was reopened after Bromont/Montreal was the last applicant for the event of the seven disciplines of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining and vaulting as well as para-equestrian dressage but the FEI said it did not meet its requirements for public sector financial support.

The Bromont/Montreal group said it would stay in the bidding for the new round of applications.

Eight cities initially expressed interest in the 2018 WEG and five submitted formal bids. However, of those five Wellington, Florida; Vienna; Budapest and Rabat, Morocco dropped out leaving Bromont as the sole candidate.

Expressions of interest for the 2017 European Championships for Seniors in dressage, jumping, para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, vaulting and reining were also sought by Sept. 30.

The bidding process for both the 2018 WEG and the 2017 Europeans has been scheduled to run until the FEI Bureau meeting in the spring of 2014 that aims to award the events.

The WEG was first held in Stockholm in 1990 but has had a checkered financial record as it has been staged every four years since–The Hague in 1994; Rome 1998; Jerez, Spain 2002; Aachen, Germany 2006; Lexington, Kentucky 2010 and Normandy, France 2014.