The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced July 22 that it is working on alternatives for the FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) 2018 following mutual agreement between the FEI and Canadian Comité Organisateur des Jeux Équestres Mondiaux 2018 (COJEM), the organizing committee for the games in Bromont, Quebec, Canada, to terminate the contract to host the event due to ongoing financial issues.
“We are sad that the Bromont organizing committee is no longer in a position to host the games in 2018,” said FEI President Ingmar De Vos. “We have been working very closely with the COJEM Board and all levels of the organization since the games were allocated to Canada in mid-2014 and have known for some time that the Bromont team was facing major financial difficulties.
“We have done everything possible to offer support during these tough times, but sadly the COJEM Board was unable to put in place a realistic funding and sponsorship strategy and, despite their best efforts, we have been left with no choice but to agree between us that the contract should be terminated,” he continued. “We believe Bromont is a really special venue and equestrian sport plays a key role in the local community. We hope that they will be able to host other major equestrian events in the future.”
Added Rosaire Houde, chair of the COJEM board, “This has been a very difficult decision to come to terms with. Since the new board took over, we have left no stone unturned in our quest to find solid funding to support the games, but sadly this has not been forthcoming. We are extremely grateful to the FEI