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FEI commences bidding process for major events

The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has opened a bidding process for cities interested in hosting its European Championships in 2019 and World Cup Finals in four disciplines from 2019 to 2021.

Bids are invited for the 2019 European Championships across jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining. Cities that opt to bid will have the choice to host single or combined disciplines.

The FEI is also inviting bids for its World Cup Finals in jumping, dressage, driving and vaulting for 2019, 2020 and 2021. Interested parties are encouraged to bid for all four disciplines together.

Applicants have until May 15 to submit a bid application and questionnaire, with the candidate phase due to commence on June 15 with the publication of a host agreement for all candidates and a deadline of October 15 for applicants to sign the document.

All candidates will present their bids in October, before the FEI undertakes an internal evaluation of each bid and announces its final decision on hosts for all the events at its general assembly in November.

FEI secretary general Sabrina Ibáñez said: “The process is designed to select candidates able to deliver sporting events of the highest quality and raise the profile of our sport.

“We are looking forward to receiving a wide range of bids from across Europe for the FEI European Championships 2019 and from cities around the world for the FEI World Cup Finals in 2019, 2020 and 2021 and expect applications from new cities as our sport continues to grow across the globe.”