The World Equestrian Games will take place in Bromont, Canada, only the second time it’s been held in North America.

That’s right. The World Equestrian Games (WEG) were the Jeux Equestres Mondiaux (JEM) this year. And next time, they’ll be the JEM again, in French-speaking Canada.

Ah, but just because it’s going to be JEM again doesn’t mean it’s going to be JEM Normandy again. The language might be the same (though the French would beg to differ), but the venues are worlds apart.

From August 12 to 26, 2018, Bromont and Montréal will host the next Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) World Equestrian Games. These two Quebecois cities have strong sport cultures with vast and lush country sides, ski slopes (though certainly sans snow in August), vineyards, and mountain biking trails.

Granted, Bromont and Montréal are about 55 miles apart, so of course that’s going to conjure images of reliving the Caen-Haras du Pin transfers for avid spectators. But let’s hope between now and then, Canada will have learned something from its old country’s JEM mistakes and have the kind of organization an event like this needs.

Of course, Montréal already has some experience in that domain. Let’s not forget that they hosted the 1976 Summer Olympics. They’ve also got a large equestrian park in Bromont, which is where the equestrian events actually took place, and continue to take place today. So they know what it’s like, managing large crowds and dealing with an extensive number of horses, riders, and national teams.

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