THE FEI has today (Thursday) allocated host cities for 13 FEI Championships for the next two years and nine FEI Driving World Cup legs for the 2019/2020 season.
Budapest in Hungary will lead the way as host of the jumping, dressage, para dressage, driving and vaulting European Championships in August 2021.
This will be the first time that the Hungarian capital, which has a long tradition in equestrian sport, will host a multi-discipline FEI European Championships. The event will mark the 50th anniversary of the first FEI Driving European Championships, which were held at the same venue – Kincsem Park in the heart of the city - in 1971.
Two other major Championships were also allocated for 2021, with the FEI Eventing European Championships going to Haras du Pin (FRA) and the FEI Endurance European Championships to Ermelo (NED).
“The FEI European Championships are among the FEI’s most important events, attracting top class athletes and horses for over six decades,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.
“During the next two years equestrian fans will have the opportunity to enjoy thrilling sport in some of Europe’s biggest cities. The allocation of the FEI jumping, dressage, para dressage, driving and vaulting European Championships to Budapest will further promote horse sport in Hungary, which already has a remarkable equestrian history.”
The FEI Board also allocated nine legs of the FEI Driving World Cup series for the 2020-2021 season. This is the first time that the FEI has launched a bidding process for the FEI Driving World Cup legs, as previously only the FEI Driving World Cup Final was open for bids.
“This bidding process reinforces the FEI’s policy of transparency and fairness,” de Vos commented. “It is a key step forward in harmonising the bidding for all FEI Championships, Finals and Series.”
The allocations were made by the FEI Board, the body responsible for the general direction of equestrian sport’s global governing authority, at its in-person meeting at FEI Headquarters in the Olympic Capital, Lausanne (SUI).
The FEI Driving World Cup Final 2021 which will take place from February 4th to 7th was allocated to Bordeaux, France, by the FEI Board in March 2019.
The Board decided to re-open the bid process for a multi-year allocation for the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in the disciplines of jumping, dressage and eventing for the years 2021, 2022 and 2023.
Allocations will be made at the Board meeting in November 2019 at the FEI General Assembly in Moscow.
FEI Dressage European Championships U25 - Pilisjászfalu (HUN), July or August (dates to be confirmed)
FEI Dressage European Championships for Children - Pilisjászfalu (HUN) July or August (dates to be confirmed)
FEI European Championships – Jumping, Dressage & Para Dressage, Driving, Vaulting - Budapest (HUN), 9-22 August or 16-29 August (dates to be confirmed)
FEI Jumping European Championships for Young Riders, Juniors & Children - Oliva, Valencia (ESP), 19-25 July
FEI Jumping European Championships for Veterans - Le Mans (FRA), July or August (date to be confirmed)
FEI Dressage European Championships U25 - Donaueschingen (GER), 12 - 15 August
FEI Eventing European Championships for Young Riders & Juniors - Segersjö (SWE), 26-29 August
FEI Eventing European Championships - Haras du Pin (FRA), 11-15 August
FEI Driving World Championships for Ponies, Four-in-Hand, Pairs, Singles - Haras du Pin (FRA), 16-19 September
FEI Endurance World Championships for Young Riders & Juniors - Ermelo (NED), 6-11 September
FEI Endurance European Championships - Ermelo (NED) 6-11 September
FEI Endurance World Championship for Young Horses - Arbore, Sardinia (ITA), 15-19 September
FEI Vaulting World Championship for Juniors - Le Mans (FRA), July - August (date to be confirmed)