Canada beat out Kentucky’s bid to host the 2018 WEG. Jenni Autry reports.
From Jenni via Eventing Nation:
The FEI Bureau just voted unanimously to award the 2018 World Equestrian Games to Bromont/Montreal, which beat out Lexington, Ky., the only other contender and host of the 2010 Games. Bromont/Montreal will become the second host city outside Europe in the history of the Games.
“We are really delighted to award the 2018 Games to Bromont/Montreal,” FEI President HRH Princess Haya said in a press release. “The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park is an exceptional and proven venue, and will be the ideal location for the eighth edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games, our most global equestrian event.
“We are now just 75 days from the opening ceremony of the 2014 Games in the heart of Normandy, when over 500,000 spectators and millions of TV viewers will watch the best equine and human athletes compete for world titles over two weeks of absolutely top equestrian sport.
“And four years from now, the Games will be heading to Canada, where we expect even larger audiences on the ground and on television as equestrian sport continues its global growth.”
It originally looked like the Games would automatically be awarded to Bromont, as the remaining bid countries had all withdrawn their applications by January 2013. But the FEI reopened the bid process in July 2013 due to concerns that Bromont would not be able to secure the financial support necessary to host the Games. Lexington joined the bid process last October.
Based on the FEI’s decision, it seems like all concerns about the funding have been cleared up, and we’re very excited for the Games to once again return to North America. Congrats to Canada on the big win, and Go Eventing.