On November 17, 2018 the International Equestrian Federation announced that it will be dropping the World Equestrian Games in 2022.

 No realistic bids

The World Equestrian Games have been held every four years since 1990. The FEI did disclose that there had been attempts to keep the World Equestrian Games as a combined event, however, they had not received any realistic bids.

Ingmar de Vos, the FEI president stated that “this does not necessarily mean the end of the FEI World Equestrian Games and bids to host the full seven-discipline Games for 2022 and 2026 will be considered.” However, he stressed that it is crucial to secure world championships for 2022 in the Olympic disciplines to act as qualifiers for the 2024 games. The Olympic disciplines are dressage, eventing and showjumping.  Preference will still be given to all multi-discipline bids but dressage and para-dressage should be kept together.

Whats’s next

By February 2019 the bid interest should be narrowed down to serious contenders. According to FEI this would then be followed by a series of workshops that layout the host expectations and constraints. After this occurs the FEI will spend the spring and summer months evaluating each of the bids in detail.

Finally, the FEI was able to review a detailed report that came from the completion for the most recent World Equestrian games that took place in Tryon, North Carolina. The management team at Tryon took over just two years ago after the Canadian organizing team could not get enough funding to hold the games.

The report touched on the quality of sport and how it was delivered for each discipline. Unfortunately, endurance was left off of this report due to the fact that it was canceled after a faulty start. There is a formal report on what happened with the endurance event that will be presented to the general assembly.