FEI names host cities for major events through 2021
The FEI, the international governing body for equestrian sports, has today announced host cities for several of its major events through 2021.
The biggest of the events was awarded to Budapest, with the Hungarian capital chosen to stage the multi-discipline European Championships in 2021, which will feature jumping, dressage, para dressage, driving and vaulting.
It will be the first time Budapest hosts a multi-discipline European Championships and it will mark the 50th anniversary of the first FEI Driving European Championships, which was held in the city in 1971.
The FEI also awarded two other major continental championships for 2021, with the Eventing European Championships going to Le Pin-au-Haras in north-western France and the Endurance European Championships heading to Ermelo in the Netherlands.
Ingmar De Vos, FEI president, said: “The FEI European Championships are among the FEI’s most important events, attracting top class athletes and horses for over six decades. During the next two years equestrian fans will have the opportunity to enjoy thrilling sport in some of Europe’s biggest cities.”
The FEI board also allocated nine legs of the Driving World Cup series for the 2020-2021 season, marking the first time the governing body has launched a bidding process for the Driving World Cup legs (previously only the final was open for bids).
The nine legs will be staged in Budapest, Lyon (France), Maastricht (Netherlands), Stuttgart and Leipzig (Germany), Stockholm (Sweden), Geneva (Switzerland), London (UK) and Mechelen (Belgium).
Earlier this year, Bordeaux in France was confirmed as the host city of the Driving World Cup final in 2021.