The FEI has announced that its World Championships will be split across two host venues in 2022, following the general assembly in Moscow, Russia.
The FEI World Championships for Jumping, Dressage, Para-Dressage and Vaulting will be staged in Herning, Denmark, in August 2022. As well as hosting an annual qualifier for the FEI Dressage World Cup, the venue has a track record of hosting multi-discipline championships – the FEI European Championships for Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage took place there in 2013.
The FEI World Championships for Eventing and Driving will be hosted by Pratoni del Vivaro in Italy, in September 2022. Home of the eventing at the Rome 1960 Olympic Games and situated 35km from Rome, the venue has previously hosted the cross-country phase of the World Eventing Championships in 1998, and was the site of the FEI World Driving Championships for Singles in 2006 and 2010.
"When we opened the process for the FEI World Championships 2022 to single and multi-discipline bids, our intention was to have events that were more manageable and sustainable at proven venues,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “By allocating these multi-discipline Championships to Herning and Pratoni del Vivaro, we’re working with hosts that already have the necessary experience and required infrastructure in place to organise world-class equestrian championships.
“We received some truly excellent bids and unfortunately we don’t have enough FEI World Championships to allocate to everyone, but we very much hope that these excellent organisers will bid again in the future to host championships at their venues.”
The World Championships 2022 in the Olympic and Paralympic disciplines of Jumping, Eventing, Dressage and Para Dressage, will serve as qualifiers for the Paris 2024 Olympic and Paralympic Games.
The FEI Board agreed unanimously that any decision on the FEI World Championships in Endurance and Reining should be postponed pending the outcome of discussions about both disciplines on 18 November and voting on 19 November.