The Fedération Equestre Internationale has launched the bidding process for the 2026 FEI World Championships in all the FEI disciplines. The process begins Oct. 24 and will end in June 2023 with the allocation of the championships by the FEI board. It will consist of the following four phases:
Phase 1: Expression of interest (Oct. 24)
Phase 2: Bidding (Mid-January-April 14, 2023)
Phase 3: Review of bids (Mid-April-June 9, 2023)
Phase 4: Allocation (June 2023)
The bidding process will start with a call for expressions of interest from national federations and organizing committees who would like to engage with open and non-binding discussions with the FEI regarding the potential submission of a bid.
Detailed information on each phase of the bidding process is available here. Expressions of interest should be sent to email@example.com. The submission of an expression of interest is entirely optional and is not a pre-condition to national federations/organizing committees submitting a formal bid in Phase 2.
“The launch of the bidding process for the FEI World Championships 2026 is an important milestone,” said FEI President Ingmar De Vos “This year we hosted hugely successful World Championships in jumping, dressage and para-dressage, vaulting, eventing and driving. We were fortunate to work with very professional organizing committees producing events of the highest order. The result proved popular with the athletes and national federations. No less than 411 athletes and 340 horses representing 49 nations competed at the Ecco FEI World Championships 2022 in Herning [Denmark] whereas 127 athletes and 274 horses from 29 NFs were represented at the FEI World Championships 2022 in Pratoni del Vivaro [Italy].
“The events attracted worldwide interest with over 7,000 articles published in the international press,” he continued, noting that the FEI’s social media followers were up by 42% compared to the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (North Carolina).
“As was the case for the FEI World Championships 2022, bids will be accepted from national federations and organizing committees who are interested in hosting the FEI World Championships 2026 in one or more FEI disciplines,” De Vos said. “The FEI World Championships 2026 for dressage and para-dressage should remain combined. Bids for the full ‘FEI World Equestrian Games’ comprising all disciplines will also be considered.
“We look forward to interesting bids from many regions of the world and are available for any queries or clarifications all the entities considering a bid may have,” De Vos concluded.