Two U.S. cities have submitted bids to host the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2018.
The Fédération Équestre Internationale, states Lexington, Kentucky and Wellington, Florida, submitted formal applications and questionnaires to host the Games.
Canada previously submitted its bid for the Bromont Montreal area. Our northern neighbor was expected to get the nod until financial troubles led to the reopening of the bid process.
“We are delighted that we have Wellington, [Lexington], Kentucky and Bromont/Montreal in the bidding process for our flagship event,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar de Vos said in a statement. “All three locations have strong equestrian traditions, so it will be fascinating to see which of the bid committees produces the most compelling reasons why they should be allocated the Games in 2018. It’s going to be an interesting process.”
The FEI will announce candidate cities for 2018 on December 2. Cities must submit host agreements, which outline the financial guarantees, by the end of March. The cities will present their final bid in person in June 2014.
The World Equestrian Games are held every four years, in the middle of the Olympic cycle. Seven disciplines including jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining are included.
The 1990 inaugural games were hosted in Stockholm, Sweden. Lexington hosted the first Games outside Europe with mixed reviews.
The 2014 WEG will be held in Normandy, France from August 23 to September 7 next year.