Omaha and Den Bosch Remain as Bidders for 2017 World Cup Final After London Drops Out

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CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska that is proposed to host the 2017 World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping.
CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska that is proposed to host the 2017 World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping.

LAUSANNE, Switzerland, May 1, 2014–Omaha in the heartland of the United States and ‘s-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands remain as bidders to host the dressage World Cup Final in 2017 after London dropped out, the International Equestrian Federation reported Thursday.

Omaha is looking to host its first Final along with jumping while Den Bosch wants to stage the dressage annual global championship for a 12th time that began with the inaugural year of 1986. The Den Bosch bid is for dressage only–Hong Kong is bidding for the jumping Final which, if successful, would make it the second time the Final would be in Asia, the first being in Kuala Lumpur in 2006.

The dual World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping were in Las Vegas in 2005, 2007 and 2009 and will return next year to the city that is internationally renowned for gambling, shopping, dining and entertainment.

Other major championships, all to be decided by the FEI next month, include:

* The 2018 World Equestrian Games where Bromont/Montreal, Canada, site of the 1976 Olympics, and Lexington, Kentucky that hosted the 2010 Games will present final bids next month;

* The 2017 European Championships in which Gothenburg, Sweden is bidding to host the four disciplines of dressage, driving, jumping and para-dressage; Rotterdam, Netherlands bidding to host the jumping, while Fontainebleau, France and Strzegom, Poland both want to host eventing.

* The 2015 jumping Nations Cup Final is being sought by Old Salem Farm in North Salem, New York and Barcelona, Spain, which staged the inaugural final for the global team jumping series in 2013 and will do so again this year. Barcelona was also the final of the jumping Super League from 2003 to 2008.

“To have 11 cities on three continents bidding to host major FEI events over the next four years demonstrates the importance of equestrian sport and its significance for organizers and sponsors who have the potential to reach millions of spectators and viewers around the world,” said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos.