FEI Announces Omaha as Host of 2017 World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals

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June 10, 2014--Among a number of Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) championship allocation announcements on Tuesday was the news that Omaha, Nebraska will be the host of the joint Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in 2017. The FEI press release making the announcement is below.

View of Downtown Omaha from Heartland of America Park | Photo Copyright Wikipedia Creative Commons

View of Downtown Omaha from Heartland of America Park | Photo Copyright Wikipedia Creative Commons

FEI announces host cities for major equestrian events

The FEI Bureau has today allocated host cities for a number of major FEI events over the next three years, including the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final for 2015, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in 2017, and European championships from 2015-17.

Barcelona (ESP) has been allocated the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final 2015 for the third successive year. The Spanish city hosted the first Furusiyya Final in 2013 and will be staging the Final again in October this year.

Omaha in the state of Nebraska (USA) will host the joint Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals in 2017, holding off strong challenges from Hong Kong (Jumping) and ‘s-Hertogenbosch (Dressage). The joint Finals will run from 27 March to 2 April 2017.

The Swedish city of Gothenburg has won out in its joint-bid to host the FEI European Jumping, Dressage & Para-Equestrian Dressage, and Driving Championships in 2017 (22-27 August). Rotterdam (NED) was the other bidder for the European Jumping Championships 2017.

The other big winner in today’s allocation process was Strzegom (POL), which won out over Fontainebleau (FRA) in the bid to host the 2017 FEI European Eventing Championships. This is the first time that Strzegom has hosted the senior championships.

“We have had some really fantastic bids for our major events,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos said. “It’s very exciting that Omaha, which has the full support of the local community and government, will be hosting both the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in 2017. And we are also very much looking forward to going to Gothenburg for the European Jumping, Dressage and Para-Dressage and Driving Championships in 2017, and to Strzegom for the European Eventing Championships 2017.

“We are also thrilled to have Barcelona hosting the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final for the third year in a row. It’s become the home of the Furusiyya Final and we know the Organising Committee will do a fabulous job.

“The FEI always welcomes new venues for its Championships and Finals and it’s good to see some different cities included in today’s allocations.”

The allocations come on the back of yesterday’s announcement that the FEI flagship event, the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in 2018 will take place in Canada.

The full list of events allocated by the FEI Bureau at its two-day meeting at FEI Headquarters in Lausanne (SUI) is below:

2015:

Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Jumping Final
Barcelona (ESP), September-October TBC

FEI European Jumping Championship for Young Riders, Juniors & Children
Wiener Neustadt (AUT), date TBC

FEI World Endurance Championship for Young Horses
Valeggio Sul Mincio (ITA), 26-27 September

FEI Pan-American Endurance Championship
Millbrook (CAN), Week of 6 July

FEI European Reining Championship for Young Riders & Juniors
Givrins (SUI), 4-5 July

FEI World Vaulting Championship for Juniors
Ermelo (NED), beginning August

FEI European Championships for Ponies (Jumping, Dressage & Eventing)
Malmo (SWE), 5-9 August

2016

FEI European Jumping Championship for Young Riders, Juniors & Children
Rotterdam (NED), 6-10 July

FEI European Jumping Championship for Veterans
Arezzo (ITA), 8-11 September

FEI European Eventing Championship for Young Riders & Juniors
Montelibretti (ITA), 22-25 September

FEI World Driving Championship Four in Hand
Breda (NED), last weekend August or 1st weekend September

FEI World Driving Championship for Singles
Köflach (AUT), 3-7 August

Longines FEI World Endurance Championship – allocation postponed

FEI European Reining Championship for Young Riders & Juniors
Grivins (SUI), 2-3 July

FEI World Vaulting Championship
Le Mans (FRA), 18-21 August

FEI European Vaulting Championship for Juniors
Le Mans (FRA), 18-21 August

FEI North America Jumping Championships for Young Riders & Juniors
(Jumping, Dressage, Eventing, Endurance & Reining)
Parker CO (USA), dates TBC

2017

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals
Omaha (USA), 3-10 April

FEI European Championships for Jumping, Dressage, Para- Dressage and Driving
Gothenburg (SWE), 22-27 August

FEI European Eventing Championship
Strzegom (POL), 24-27 August

FEI World Driving Championship for Pairs
Lipica (SLO), 20-24 September