Kentucky Withdraws Bid for 2022 WEG – Will Samorin Make the Race?

There has been a surprising development concerning the applications for the 2022 World Equestrian Games: Samorin and Kentucky both had applied to be hosts of the event and as yet everybody thought that the U.S would be pleased to host the event a second time. But n ow the Kentucky Horse Park Commission voted against the bid. The members of the committee said they were concerned regarding conflicts with the the long-term goals of the Kentucky Horse Park. They had considered the financial consequences and Tandy Patrick, head of the committee explained that it was not economically feasible to host the 2022 WEG. The Games also were in conflict with investments into the Horse Park that had already been planned.

That leaves Samorin as the sole bidder for the 2022 WEG. In the past the high cost have repeatedly been a reason for potential hosts to withdraw their bids. Bromont, Canada, recently withdrew as organiser of the 2018 WEG and Tryon, USA took over as host. As yet it is still unclear if the FEI will reopen the bid process or if Samorin will make the race prematurely.