The FEI World Equestrian Games 2022 will not go ahead at a single venue. Instead the showjumping, dressage, para dressage and vaulting World Championships will take place at Herning, Denmark in August 2022, while Pratoni del Vivaro in Italy, will host the eventing and driving World Championships in September 2022. The endurance World Championships are to take place at Verona, Isola della Scala, in Italy in October.
Why isn’t the World Equestrian Games being held in 2022?
The Kentucky Horse Park in the United States and Samorin in Slovakia both expressed initial interest in holding the 2022 FEI World Equestrian Games. However Kentucky dropped out in January 2017 due to financial concerns. Then at the FEI General Assembly in Montevideo, Uruguay in November 2017 it was announced that the bidding process was to be reopened after Slovakia withdraw its bid for the competition. Although two venues – Riyadh in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and Rome in Italy – offered to host all the disciplines when bids were reopened, the decision was made to split the world championships across multiple venues this time.
History of the event
The World Equestrian Games (WEG) were first held in Stockholm, Sweden in 1990. The games typically take place at a single venue every four years. Unfortunately a number of organising committees have found it difficult to make hosting the world championships of eight equestrian disciplines at the same venue a financial success. Many have questioned the wisdom of continuing with the WEG format, and in 2022 the championships have been split across a number of venues.