Canada has won the hosting rights for the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018.
The decision was announced by the FEI Bureau, shortly after the start of its two-day meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The bid by Bromont/Montreal saw off the only other potential host city remaining in the bidding process, Lexington, Kentucky.
The decision by the bureau to give the Games to Bromont/Montreal was unanimous. Bureau members made the decision after the FEI Evaluation Commission’s report was presented at the start of the meeting.
The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, venue for the Montreal 1976 Olympic equestrian events, will be the hub for the Games.
Bromont/Montreal will become only the second host outside Europe, following the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in 2010 in Lexington.
The FEI said in a statement that the bureau felt the bids by both Lexington and Bromont/Montreal were impressive, but that Bromont/Montreal was the stronger of the two.
The selection process for the 2018 Games has been a marathon affair, with the FEI reopening the bidding process last July when the Canadian bid team for Bromont/Montreal was unable to provide the full public sector financial support required.
Confirmation that the Canadian bid committee had subsequently secured substantial government backing was a crucial element in today’s decision.
“We are really delighted to award the 2018 Games to Bromont/Montreal,” FEI president Princess Haya said after the decision.
“The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park is an exceptional and proven venue, and will be the ideal location for the eighth edition of the FEI World Equestrian Games, our most global equestrian event.
“We are now just 75 days from the opening ceremony of the 2014 Games in the heart of Normandy, when over 500,000 spectators and millions of TV viewers will watch the best equine and human athletes compete for world titles over two weeks of absolutely top equestrian sport.
“And four years from now, the Games will be heading to Canada, where we expect even larger audiences on the ground and on television as equestrian sport continues its global growth.”
The FEI World Equestrian Games are held every four years, in the middle of the Olympic cycle. The seven FEI disciplines – jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining – are all included on the competition schedule.
The inaugural Games were in Stockholm, Sweden, in 1990.
The last Games, in Lexington in 2010, were estimated to have had a local economic impact of $US328 million. The event drew 570,000 spectators from more than 61 nations.
The Games involved 1700 employees or volunteers, 130 judges, 76 stewards, and 100 veterinarians, as well as 1200 journalists, 300 photographers and 380 TV crew members.