R.I.P. World Equestrian Games

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The FEI announced Saturday at General Assmebly that it is dropping the requirement for a World Equestrian Games in 2022 and will accept bids for championships of individual disciplines.

The FEI admitted that attempts to maintain for 2022 the combined championships held once every four years since 1990 “has not resulted in any realistic bids.”

Preference would be given to multi-discipline bids for 2022, the FEI said, while dressage and para-dressage should be combined.

The decision insisting on a single host for dressage, driving, endurance, eventing, jumping, reining, vaulting and para-dressage did not come as a surprise after two of eight WEGs required venue changes – 1998 and 2018 – when organizers did not have funding and no organizer came forward for 2022.

Expressions of interest to host world championships would be sought by the end of February, 2019. This would be followed by workshops with bidders to understand their expectations and constraints. Bids would be fully evaluated over the spring/summer of next year.

Allocation of world championships for 2022 would be made at the time of the FEI General Assembly in November, 2019.

The FEI also considered a detailed report on the Tryon WEG that highlighted the quality of the event and the way it was delivered for all but endurance that was canceled after a botched start. A report on an investigation into the endurance event would be presented at the General Assembly.

An area of concern, the FEI said, was “late delivery of the venue facilities.”

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