First Step Taken in Re-Opened Bidding for 2022 World Equestrian Games

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LAUSANNE, Switzerland, Dec. 1, 2017–The first step in finding a host for the 2022 World Equestrian Games was taken Friday with expressions of interest sought for the showcase of international horse sports staged once every four years.

The latest process to find a host was the result of Šamorín, Slovakia withdrawing from negotiations to be the host for the 2022 WEG, another setback for the combined world championships of dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting and para-dressage.

The 2018 championships were awarded to Tryon, North Carolina with just two years to the event in September after Bromont, Canada pulled out. Lexington, Kentucky, host of the 2010 games, dropped out of negotiations for 2022.

The WEG was launched in 1990 and the 1998 championships had to be switched to Rome with a year to go when Dublin pulled out.

Ingmar de Vos, the FEI president, has said he’s confident there will be candidates for 2022 “but these are complex games and we need to make sure we do it right.”

Expressions of interest for the 2022 championships must be returned by Jan. 31, 2018. The documents are not legally binding but are what the FEI  calls “only a first step” for prospective bidders to get more information.

The FEI said it expects to make a final decision on the 2022 host city in November 2018.