The Fédération Equestre Internationale awarded the 2014 FEI World Cup Finals in dressage and show jumping to Lyon, France, on Sept. 14. The other country to bid for the finals, Guadalajara, Mexico, withdrew last week. Guadalajara will host the Pan American Games in October, however, the indoor facilities won’t be ready in time for the World Cup Finals.
“We very much regret that Guadalajara was not able to comply with the FEI requirements within the timeframe, and we understand that they need some more time to put on a perfect event,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said. “They are now working on a bid for the FEI World Cup Final in 2015, and we look forward to receiving it.”
The World Cup Finals will be the second major equestrian event held in France in 2014. The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games were awarded to the region of Normandy, which includes the cities of Caen, Bayeux and Rouen.
2014 marks the fifth year in a row that the Finals will be held in a western European city. In 2011 the dressage and show jumping Finals were held in Leipzig, Germany. In 2012 they will be held in s’Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands, and in 2013 they will be held in Gothenburg, Sweden. The last time the finals were held outside of Europe was in Las Vegas in 2009.
The 2014 finals will take place April 16-20.