Lyon to Host World Cup Dressage, Jumping Finals in 2014
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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Oct. 14–The World Cup Finals of Dressage and Jumping have been awarded to Lyon, France, for 2014, the fifth straight year the only annual championships of the two Olympic disciplines have been given to a western European city.
The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) announnced the selection of Lyon on Wednesday, saying that it followed the withdrawal last week of a bid by Guadalajara, Mexico, to host the jumping Final.
The 2014 World Cup Finals will run from April 16-20.
“We very much regret that Guadalajara was not able to comply with the FEI requirements within the time frame and we understand that they need some more time to put on a perfect event,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said. “They are now working on a bid for the FEI World Cup Final in 2015 and we look forward to receiving it.”
“We are delighted to give the 2014 FEI World Cup Finals in both Jumping and Dressage to Lyon and look forward to spectacular sport in France.”
Guadalajara will be the site of the Pan American Games in October, including the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, eventing and jumping. However, all three are outdoors while the World Cup is indoors.
The region of Normandy, France, will host the World Equestrian Games in 2014.
The dressage finals will be in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands, in 2012 and Herning, Denmark, in 2013.
The last time the two finals were held outside western Europe was Las Vegas in 2009.