FEI World Equestrian Games 2022
The Federation Equestre International announces Kentucky is in the running to host the World Equestrian Games 2022.
Lexington is one of two candidate cities that may put on the FEI WEG 2022.
The other candidate is a small Slovak town in Slovakia. Samorin has hosted other equestrian events including the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships 2016.
“We are very happy to have two such strong official candidates for the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2022,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “Both the Kentucky and Samorin venues have the infrastructure in place already to host the Games, which is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar.”
The FEI holds the Games every four years in the middle of the Olympic cycle. It combines eight World Championships at one event. Spectators have the opportunity to view international quality competition in the FEI disciplines of jumping, dressage, para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting, and reining.
The FEI hosted the first WEG in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990. The Kentucky Horse Park hosted the WEG in 2010 making it the first non-European venue. The Games drew attendees from 63 countries and every state. WEG returned to Normandy, France in 2014.
The decision makers will visit the potential hosts’ sites in early 2017. The FEI Bureau will make the final decision in November.
The FEI is holding WEG 2018 at the Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina beginning on September 10, 2018.
The committee originally awarded the 2018 Games to Bromont, Canada, but financial issues led to the switch to Tryon.