Aachen, Germany Confirmed as Host of 2026 World Championships in Dressage, 5 Other Disciplines

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Dressage arena during opening ceremony of the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany that will be the stage for 2026 World Championships dressage. © Ken Braddick/DRESSAGE-NEWS.com

Nov. 18, 2023

Aachen in Germany has been selected to host world championships in dressage, para dressage, jumping, eventing, driving and vaulting August 10-23 in 2026. Endurance will be staged at Al Ula in Saudi Arabia Oct. 17.

Aachen, home of the annual CHIO of team competitions in five of the disciplines is considered the premier equestrian venue in the world. Aachen hosted the 2006 World Equestrian Games that attracted 576,000 spectators with the dressage arena in the center of the main stadium. The 2015 European Championships were also hosted in Aachen.

It was the only bid for the 2026 World Championships.

“We thank the FEI for their trust,” CHIO Aachen General Manager Michael Mronz said. “We feel honored and pleased to host, together with the German Equestrian Federation, the FEI World Championships Aachen 2026 in six disciplines: Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Driving, Vaulting and Para Dressage. Already today we would like to invite the entire world of equestrian sport to Aachen so that we can celebrate an unforgettable event together in 2026.”