According to WKYT News on Monday, Bromont, Quebec has been chosen as the host site of the 2018 International Equestrian Federation (FEI) World Equestrian Games. Bromont was chosen as the host venue over Lexington, Kentucky, which hosted the World Equestrian Games in 2010.
This will be the eighth World Equestrian Games and the first World Equestrian Games on Canadian soil. Bromont, Quebec, which is 85 kilometres east of Montreal, also hosted the equestrian events at the 1976 Olympic Games.
According to Equine Canada in a press release, the FEI unanimously selected Bromont over Lexington. The small Quebec city with a population of over 7,600, is also known as a strong tourist destination for alpine skiing and mountain biking. But in 2018, it will be remembered for its equestrian, as the best riders in the world will be coming to Bromont Olympic Equestrian Park.
Canada has a rich history when it comes to international equestrian. Canadians have contributed to five Olympic medals in equestrian including two gold medals--James Day of Thornhill, Ontario, Jim Elder and Thomas Gayford of Toronto, Ontario in the team show jumping at the 1968 Olympic Games in Mexico City and Eric Lamaze of Montreal, Quebec on Hickstead in individual show jumping at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing.
Canada has also won seven medals in the World Equestrian Games. Canadian equestrian riders have contributed to one gold medal, three silver medals and three bronze medals. Duane Latimer of Bienfait, Saskatchewan won the gold medal in the men's reining event (a non-Olympic event) at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany.
The World Equestrian Games will be a major stepping stone for Canadian equestrian riders as they prepare for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. It will be interesting to see if Canadian legends Lamaze and ten-time Canadian Olympian Ian Millar of Halifax, Nova Scotia will still be participating by then.