The International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has opened the bid process for the 2022 World Equestrian Games, it has been announced.
The event, which features all equestrian disciplines - jumping, dressage and Para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining - takes place every four years in the middle of the summer Olympic cycle.
Equestrian’s worldwide governing body has asked those interested to complete the Expression of Interest form by the deadline of May 15.
Submissions of the bid applications and questionnaire must be given to the FEI by August 2016, before the list of candidates is revealed in December.
The FEI will conduct site visits and question and answer sessions with those shortlisted in January 2017 and the deadline for the submission of the completed bid and signed host agreement follows in June.
The host city for the 2022 World Equestrian Games will be revealed at the FEI General Assembly in Montevideo in November 2017.
“The FEI World Equestrian Games is one of the major events on the global sporting calendar and we are looking for host cities that can deliver an exceptional experience for both athletes and spectators”, FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said.
“The FEI World Equestrian Games represents the greatest gathering of top-level equestrian athletes with eight World Championships in one event, uniting our disciplines, our community and our fans.
"The 2014 Games in Normandy attracted more than 500,000 on-site spectators and a worldwide television audience of 350 million, as well as delivering an economic impact of €368 million (£294 million/€421 million) to the French economy.
“As with all events of this scale, we have been carefully analysing every aspect of our flagship event to make sure it continues to appeal to large audiences and attract media and television viewers.
“On the basis of this, we have been engaged in a lengthy consultation process with the greater equestrian community and global media representatives to make the FEI World Equestrian Games format more cost effective, more universal and ensure it continues to appeal to new fans.”
The next edition of the World Equestrian Games will be held in Bromont in Canada in 2018.