Tuesday, Jul. 23, 2024

FEI Confirms Bidders For 2026 FEI World Championships

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Three countries have put themselves forward to hold the 2026 FEI World Eventing Championships, according to a shortlist of bidders for the 2026 FEI World Championships released Thursday by the Fédération Equestre Internationale. 

The shortlist comprises five organizing committees who have applied to host events in various disciplines: 

  • Aachen (Germany)—jumping, dressage, para-dressage, eventing, driving and vaulting 
  • Boekelo (the Netherlands)—eventing
  • Burghley (Great Britain)—eventing
  • Al Ula (Saudi Arabia)—endurance
  • Samorin (Slovakia)—endurance

The FEI Board will allocate the 2026 FEI World Championships at its in-person board meeting, to be held Nov. 18 in Mexico City, following a thorough review by the FEI Evaluation Commission and taking into account recommendations by its technical committees. 

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Following three decades of having one country host all senior world championships under the FEI World Equestrian Games format, in 2022 the FEI returned to a more flexible approach that allows countries to bid for single or multiple sports, with a focus on catering to the needs and specificities of each discipline. Last year, Herning, Denmark, hosted the jumping, dressage, para-dressage and vaulting, while eventing and driving took place at Pratoni del Vivaro, Italy, and the endurance championship was held in Butheeb, United Arab Emirates, in February. 

“We are very pleased with the variety of bids we have received,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “Following the outstanding FEI World Championships 2022 organized in Denmark, Italy and the UAE, we are confident this flexible approach with single and multiple bids serves not only the sport, but also the fans and the development of equestrian around the world, allowing different nations and venues to bid to host a major FEI event.”

The 2026 FEI World Championships in jumping, dressage, para-dressage and eventing will be the first qualifying events for the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic and Paralympic Games.

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