London, Omaha USA, Den Bosch Bid for 2017 Dressage World Cup Final

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CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska
CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska

London and Omaha, Nebraska have put in bids to host the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping while s’-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands is bidding to stage only the dressage final, the International Equestrian Federation announced Tuesday.

London would stage the event at what used to be the O2 Arena renamed the North Greenwich Arena near the 2012 Olympic Games equestrian venue in Greenwich Park while Omaha, in the heartland of the United States, plans to stage the World Cups at the CenturyLink Center, a major event and convention center that hosts rodeo, college basketball and hockey and concerts in the arena that seats about 18,000 spectators.

The Indoor Brabant at ‘s-Hertogenbosch has hosted the World Cup on numerous occasions, most recently in 2012 of both dressage and jumping.

London's North Greenwich Arena, previously named O2 Arena
London’s North Greenwich Arena, previously named O2 Arena

The FEI also announced that Wellington, Florida; Lexington, Kentucky and Bromont/Montreal in Canada have been accepted as Official Candidates in bidding to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games. The FEI Evaluation Commission will visit the sites ahead of presentations by the bidders.

Wellington, host of the Winter Equestrian Festival and the Global Dressage Festival, and Lexington, which staged the 2010 WEG, made bids for the 2018 Games after other candidate cities dropped out and Bromont/Montreal fell short of financial backing requirements.

In other bidding, the FEI said it has received a bid from Gothenburg, Sweden for the 2017 senior FEI European Championships in dressage, jumping, driving and para-dressage.

 

“It is gratifying that our key events are attracting such strong interest from bidders,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said. “We have got a very impressive portfolio that includes the FEI World Equestrian Games™, our FEI series and the Championships. It’s testament to the value of these events that so many countries are vying to host them.”

Allocation for all the events will be made at the FEI Bureau meeting in June, 2014.

Rebecca Kane, General Manager at The O2 said: “The prospect of The O2 hosting a sporting event, such as the Jumping and Dressage World Cup Finals in 2017, would be fantastic for us and London. The success we enjoyed in hosting both Olympic and Paralympic events here in 2012 showcased the diversity of The O2 as a world class music and sport venue. There is still a long way to go, but we would look forward to evaluating the London bid with the British Equestrian Federation and HorsePower, having proven expertise through events such as Olympia, The London International Horse Show.”