The Canadian equestrian community is celebrating the success of its bid to host the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, with the organising committee chairman talking of a legacy in the host city that will last for decades.
The Games in Bromont will be the biggest sporting event ever held in Canada.
Equine Canada’s chief executive, Eva Havaris, said the Games represented a gift to the country’s equestrians that would enhance the industry at all levels.
The FEI Bureau announced the unanimous decision to give the Games to Canada early today, shortly after the start of its two-day meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland.
It will be only the second time the event has been held outside Europe, the first time being in 2010 in Lexington, Kentucky.
“This is an exciting announcement and a great opportunity for equestrian sport, and will make an outstanding economic impact on Bromont, the province of Quebec and the horse industry in Canada,” Equine Canada’s president, Al Patterson, said.
“On behalf of the Equine Canada Board of Directors and members, I would like to thank the WEG Bid Committee for their tireless work and efforts in raising the funds needed to secure the 2018 bid.”
The Games will be centered on the Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park, which is already a world class facility. It currently hosts FEI jumping, dressage, eventing and driving competitions.
The Games will significantly boost the local, provincial and Canadian equestrian communities, as well as the local and provincial economies.
Havaris said: “This is an incredible opportunity for Canadians to watch the best in the world compete right at home.
“Hosting two major Games – 2015 Pan American Games at the Caledon Equestrian Park and 2018 WEG at Bromont – is a gift to Canadian equestrians that will enhance the industry at all levels.”
The Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park will be expanded and enhanced so the eight FEI disciplines of jumping, dressage, eventing, para-dressage, reining, driving, endurance and vaulting will have top-notch, world-class competition facilities.
This will leave the already outstanding equestrian venue in Bromont as a legacy to Canadian equestrian sport.
The president of the Bromont Bid Committee, Paul Côté, said: “We are thrilled with the decision from the FEI today.
“We believe that the impact of this event in Bromont in 2018 will be felt for decades to come and will represent a significant time for Canadian equestrians.”
WEG 2018 will be the largest single sporting event ever held in Canada, with 4500 accredited participants, from 65 countries, with an estimated 500,000 spectators.