Ten countries have submitted bids to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to host World Championship events in 2022, with Riyadh in Saudi Arabia and the Italian capital of Rome having put forward proposals to host the multi-discipline World Equestrian Games.
Other bids have been submitted by Denmark, Estonia, Hungary, Ireland, Slovakia, the Netherlands, the United Arab Emirates and the United States.
Rome hosted the World Equestrian Games in 1998, while Riyadh has never staged the event before.
FEI president Ingmar De Vos said: “The number of formal bids that we’ve received for single and multi-discipline FEI World Championships and full Games is an excellent indication that the interest in the World Championships is as strong, if not stronger, than ever.
“We knew that some of the countries that put in expressions of interest back in February were just dipping their toes in the water, but these formal bids are a great validation of the new bidding process and show that we have a really strong product.”
The FEI last year initiated a bidding process for individual World Championships in 2022 across all disciplines. Crucially, though, the FEI Board decided that multi-discipline bids would be given preference, with dressage and para dressage events to be combined.
The 2022 World Championships in Olympic and Paralympic disciplines will serve as qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Games.
The FEI said the new bid process allows for the sustainable and cost-effective use of existing facilities. All bids are set to be evaluated over the summer, with the allocation of the 2022 World Championship events to be made during the FEI General Assembly in Moscow in November.
In November 2017, the FEI was forced to reopen the bidding process for the 2022 World Equestrian Games after sole candidate Samorin elected to withdraw its bid. Samorin had seemingly been poised to land the 2022 Games after rival bidder, the US city of Lexington, exited the race earlier in the year.
Last year’s World Equestrian Games were held in Tryon, North Carolina. Tryon itself was a replacement host, having stepped in to replace Bromont in Canada.
In other news, host cities have been announced for various FEI European championships over the next two years, and the nine FEI Driving World Cup legs for the 2019-20 season.
Budapest in Hungary will host the FEI Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage, Driving and Vaulting European Championships in August 2021. The 2021 Eventing European Championships will be held in Haras du Pin in France, with the Endurance European Championships to take place in Ermelo, Netherlands.
The 2019-20 FEI Driving World Cup will feature legs in Lyon, France; Maastricht, Netherlands; Stuttgart, Germany; Stockholm, Sweden; Budapest; Geneva, Switzerland; London, England; Mechelen, Belgium; and Leipzig, Germany.