The FEI has committed to allocate European Championships in two Olympic disciplines— jumping and dressage—for 2021, to German venues.
The FEI Board allocated the 2021 FEI Jumping European Championships to Riesenbeck, home-base of Barcelona 1992 Olympic champion Ludger Beerbaum. Those championships will take place Aug. 30-Sept. 4. The 2021 FEI Dressage Championships 2021 will take place at Hagen, host venue to major international events annually. The dressage championships will take place Sept. 7-12. Both events are pending final confirmation from the organizers.
Confirmation of the decision on the two Championships came at the FEI Board meeting, held via videoconference on Oct. 20. The FEI Board, with the full support of the European Equestrian Federation, agreed that in view of the rescheduled Olympic and Paralympic Games and the huge amount of planning involved, if either of the venues is unable to host these championships, the bid process for 2021 will not be re-opened.
Following the postponement of this year’s Tokyo Games to 2021, the FEI Board had previously ruled that European Championships in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines should not be held next year to allow the focus to be on Tokyo. However, the EEF and a number of European National Federations urged the FEI Board to review its decision, resulting in yesterday’s resolution.
“We are very happy to have great venues at Riesenbeck and Hagen available to host the European Championships in jumping and dressage next year and we look forward to receiving the final confirmation from the two organizers for these championships to go ahead,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.
There will be no FEI European Eventing Championships in 2021 as the organizers that had put in expressions of interest to host the championships subsequently withdrew from the process.
The FEI European Para-Dressage Championships will also not take place in 2021 to allow athletes to focus on the Tokyo Paralympic Games.