It's Official: the FEI Will Hold Individual Championships in 2022

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Wednesday 13 February - 22h28 | FEI (Edited)

It's Official: the FEI Will Hold Individual Championships in 2022

There has been endless speculation and veiled hints from the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), but the world governing body for equestrian sports has finally announced it will accept individual, discipline-specific bids for the 2022 World Championships instead of an all-encompassing World Equestrian Games as took place in Tryon. Nevertheless, the FEI remains open to a comprehensive Games if there were ever a viable bid in that sense. 

 - It's Official: the FEI Will Hold Individual Championships in 2022

Action at the WEG in Tryon
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The 2018 World Equestrian Games suffered a series of problems and was also hit by a very low attendance rate, some of which could be blamed on inclement weather, but not all. Both the endurance and dressage freestyle contests had to be abandoned, the driving had to be moved when the arena was not completed in time, there was not enough grooms accommodation and  the weather was either torrential rain or scalding heat. This was all quite apart from the logistics of getting all the horses and riders to and from an event in the Americas, which presented its own problems incuding excessive journey times and holds at the quarantine barns. (Continued below.)

​The FEI's announcement

​The FEI's announcement - It's Official: the FEI Will Hold Individual Championships in 2022

"​While 2019 is set to be another busy year for international horse sport, potential bidders are already vying for the possibility of hosting FEI World Championships in 2022. The FEI has already received some exciting expressions of interest for 2022, with more submissions expected before the 28 February deadline. 

'I am delighted to say that the level of interest and the quality of submissions to host FEI World Championships in 2022 has been very high so far, and we are confident that we will have an interesting pool of candidates to choose from when the allocations are made later this year,' FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.

The FEI initiated a bid process for individual FEI World Championships in all disciplines for 2022 at the FEI General Assembly in Manama (BRN) in November last year.  The FEI President stressed at the time that this does not necessarily mean the end of the FEI World Equestrian Games concept, and bids to host the full seven disciplines together for 2022 will be considered. The FEI Board unanimously approved the opening of a bidding process for individual world championships in all disciplines for 2022, with preference being given to multi-discipline bids. The Board also agreed that ideally the FEI World Championships for Dressage and Para Dressage should be combined. The world championships for 2022 in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines will serve as qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Games.

'Equestrian sport has become increasingly globalised, but there are relatively few countries that have the capacity to host world championships in all disciplines simultaneously,' the FEI President said. 'The new bid process allows for the sustainable and cost-effective use of existing equestrian sports facilities and for the FEI to partner with National Federations that may have hesitated putting forward multi-discipline bids in the past. The door is now open for these Federations to consider submitting an expression of interest for an individual world championship in the discipline of their choice.'

In a key change to the bid process, the FEI will host an interactive workshop at the end of March in Lausanne for all National Federations/Organising Committees that submit an expression of interest in the 2022 World Championships. 'This interactive workshop is a key factor in ensuring that we adequately convey the structure, opportunities and minimum requirements of hosting the FEI World Championships 2022. By working more closely with the National Federations and Organising Committees from the very start of the process, we can ensure a unified vision and establish an achievable set of goals to work towards,' Ingmar De Vos said. 

There are over 4,000 FEI events organised world-wide annually across the seven disciplines of Jumping, Dressage & Para-Dressage, Eventing, Endurance, Driving & Para-Driving, Vaulting and Reining, with world championships in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines held every four years and every second year for non-Olympic disciplines. (Continued below.)

Timeline

Timeline - It's Official: the FEI Will Hold Individual Championships in 2022

28 February 2019 – Deadline for receipt of non-binding expressions of interest to host one or multiple FEI World Championship(s) 2022. All information can be accessed here
  • 26 March 2019 – Workshop to be held in Lausanne after which interested bidders will be invited to submit a formal bid, outlining their plans and visions for hosting FEI World Championships in 2022.
  • November 2019 – Allocation of FEI World Championships at the in-person Board meeting at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow (RUS). All bids will be fully evaluated over the Spring/Summer of 2019. 
Questions concerning the bid process can be sent to bidding@fei.org."

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