The Fédération Equestre Internationale announced a record number of countries have bid to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, and one of them is the United States. Equestrian Sport Productions announced on Nov. 17 that they sent a formal Expression of Interest to host the WEG at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Center in Wellington, Fla. This is the site of the FTI Winter Equestrian Festival, which draws top competitors from the hunters, dressage and show jumping disciplines.
“We are very excited for the bid. We believe it will be a great opportunity for the Village of Wellington, Palm Beach County and the state of Florida,” said ESP President Michael Stone. “We believe that working on this bid will help bring ESP-produced events to the next level and will only help increase the quality of our shows and the exposure of equestrian sport.”
Other countries interested in hosting the 2018 WEG include: Australia, Canada, Hungary, Austria, Morocco, Russia, Sweden.
The FEI breaks down the decision making process into three phases: the Applicant Phase, which began on Nov. 15, 2011, and is now underway, the Candidate Phase, which will begin on April 30, 2012, and includes the countries’ formal presentations, and the Decision Phase, which will happen in 2013. The host will be decided before the commencement of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which will take place in Normandy, France.