Bordeaux lands equestrian showpiece

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has awarded hosting rights for the finale of the 2018-19 Driving World Cup to the French city of Bordeaux.

The announcement was one of a number of hosting rights decisions made by the FEI Bureau, including the allocation of five major equestrian driving events over the next three years.

The Driving World Cup Final, the culmination of global qualifiers broadcast on more than 40 television channels in 19 countries, will take place in Bordeaux from February 7-10.   

The FEI Bureau also allocated four Driving Championships at world and European level in 2020 and 2021 to venues in the French Pyrenees and the Loire Valley; Mezőhegyes, home to Hungary’s state stud farm; and Kronenberg in the Netherlands.

Pau has secured the Driving World Championship for Singles in 2020, while Lamotte Beuvron has gained the Driving European Championship for Young Drivers, Juniors & Children.

Mezőhegyes has landed the 2020 Driving World Championship for Young Horses, while Kronenberg will be the destination for the 2021 Driving World Championship for Ponies.

Nine other events were allocated by the FEI Bureau, including the 2019 European Endurance Championship, which will take place at the 200-acre Euston Park venue, set in Thetford Forest – the UK’s largest lowland pine area. The event will be held from August 15-18 next year.