Five cities stepped forward as potential sites for the 2018 Fédération Equestre Internationale World Equestrian Games. Rabat, Morocco; Bromont, Canada; Budapest, Hungary; Vienna, Austria; and Wellington, Fla., attained Official Candidate status from the FEI on June 11.
Although eight national federations submitted Expression of Interest documents in November 2011, Australia, Russia and Sweden withdrew their applications prior to the start of the candidate phase earlier this year.
“It is fantastic to have five really strong bids for hosting the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018, and there could be no better endorsement of the FEI’s flagship event,” said FEI Secretary General Ingmar de Vos.
The five candidates will convene on July 11 at the FEI Headquarters to learn more about the expectations and procedures of the Games. They will also receive legal documentation, which must be competed and submitted by Dec. 15, 2012.
In the final stage in the bidding process, the candidates will formally present their bids to the FEI Bureau at its spring 2013 meeting, after which the FEI will announce where the 2018 Games will be held.
The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 will be held in Caen, France.