Two cities have been announced as official candidates to host the FEI World Equestrian Games™ 2022.
Lexington, Kentucky (USA) and Samorin (SVK) have both been selected as potential hosts for the FEI flagship in six years’ time.
If the United States was chosen to host the event, it would be the second consecutive running of the event on the continent, with the Games taking place at Tryon International Equestrian Center in North Carolina after they were switched venue due to the withdrawal of Bromont in Canada as the host city.
“We are very happy to have two such strong official candidates for the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games”, FEI President Ingmar De Vos said. “Both the Kentucky and Samorin venues have the infrastructure in place already to host the Games, which is one of the biggest events on the global sporting calendar. The last edition in Normandy two years ago attracted more than half a million spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, delivering a significant economic impact to the French economy. There’s no doubt that these Games are a huge undertaking, but we believe both Samorin and Kentucky have the capability to host spectacular Games and we look forward to working with them through the further stages of the bid process over the next year.”
Lexington’s Kentucky Horse Park has a long history of holding first class equestrian competition, hosting North America’s only CCI**** event as well as being a designated USEF Elite Training Center.
The lesser known Slovakian equestrian centre has state of the art facilities for top class competition, hosting a number of show jumping competitions and also hosted the Longines FEI World Endurance Championships.
The next phase in the decision-making process for the 2022 Games will include site visits between January and May 2017, with a deadline of June 2017 for submission of the Candidates’ complete bid and signed host agreement. The Candidates will make formal presentations to the FEI Evaluation Commission in the third quarter of 2017, with the final FEI Bureau decision and allocation of the Games in November 2017