The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final and FEI World Cup Dressage Final is being held in Paris for the first time in 2018.

The French capital beat Gothenburg and Las Vegas to host the prestigious indoor double finals.

The decision was taken on Wednesday (10 November) by the FEI Bureau at its in-person meeting held in Puerto Rico at this year’s FEI General Assembly.

“We are delighted that the FEI World Cup Finals will be taking place in the vibrant French capital,” said FEI secretary general Sabrina Ibanez.

This is the first time the dual finals have been held in Paris although they were held separately in 1987 for showjumping and in 1991 for dressage.

The dual finals will take place from 10-15 April at the AccorHotels Arena on the Boulevard de Bercy in central Paris.

The indoor arena is one of France’s biggest concert venues and has hosted major sporting events including the ATP Tour tennis tournament Paris Masters.

“Last year France hosted the largest FEI World Equestrian Games to date, and we are confident that GL Events, the team that organised the double Finals in Lyon in 2014, will take the FEI World Cup Jumping Final and the FEI World Cup Dressage Final 2018 to a new level of excellence,” added Ms Ibanez.

The Bureau also allocated 14 FEI Championships and finals in twelve countries for 2016-2017.

Among the dates confirmed for next year were the FEI Balkan Jumping Championship in Adunatii Copaceni in Romania on 1-4 September; the FEI South America Jumping Championship for Young Riders, Juniors, Pre Juniors and Children in Sao Paulo on 7-11 September; the FEI Balkan Endurance Championship in Kukavica in Croatia on 6-9 October, the FEI European Reining Championship in Givrins, Switzerland on 11-13 August and the FEI European Championship for Ponies in Vilhelmsborg in Denmark on 17-21 August.