Austria Becomes 8th Nation Expressing Interest to Host 2018 World Equestrian Games

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Nov. 17–Austria has become the eighth nation expressing an interest in hosting the World Equestrian Games in 2018, the International Equestrian Federation announced Thursday in listing key deadlines in the bidding process.

The Austrian document was sent to FEI Secretary General Ingmar de Vos while he was traveling back overnight from the General Assembly in Rio de Janeiro and joins submissions from Australia, Canada, Hungary, Morocco, Russia, Sweden and the United States.

A decision will be announced after the FEI Bureau meeting in early 2013 as the third and final phase in the new bidding process put in place by for the WEG and the European Championships.

Under the new three-setp process, the Applicant Phase started with the Nov. 15, 2011 deadline for receipt of Expressions of Interest. This step includes the Bid Guide and Applicant Questionnaire to be sent to applicants in March 2012.

The Candidate Phase begins April 30, 2012 with the deadline for receipt of the Applicant Questionnaire. Candidates will make presentations at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne in June 2012, when Legal Documentation will also be given to Candidates. Completed Legal Documentation, including a signed Host Agreement, must be submitted to the FEI by Dec. 15, 2012.

Candidates will formally present their bids to the FEI in February 2013.

The official announcement of the winning host organizers will made after the FEI Spring Bureau meeting in 2013.

The world championships of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting and para-equstrian dressage are held once every four years and were last staged in Kentucky in 2010 with the 2014 Games scheduled for Normandy, France.