Bromont in Quebec, Canada is to try again to win the right to host the World Equestrian Games in 2018, three months after its unchallenged bid collapsed when the city failed to provide the necessary financial guarantees to the FEI, the international governing body for equestrian sports, on the day it was due to be awarded the event.
Bromont, along with USA and the UK, met a new September 30 deadline to send formal expressions of interest to the FEI to stage the quadrennial games.
The USA has put forward two potential host cities, Wellington in Florida and Lexington in Kentucky, while the UK must confirm its proposed host city with the FEI before the November 15 deadline for receipt of bid applicant questionnaires.
The questionnaires will be reviewed by the FEI evaluation commission, before the candidate cities are announced on December 2. The candidates will formally present their bids to the FEI Bureau at its spring 2014 meeting, after which the host city will be selected.
Ingmar de Vos, secretary general of the FEI, said today: "The FEI World Equestrian Games is our flagship event, appealing to huge global audiences of equestrian enthusiasts and sports fans, and these expressions of interest by Great Britain and the USA alongside Canada are testament to the power of these Games."
Bromont was due to sign the original 2018 host city contract on July 1, having been the only candidate to last the distance since the bid process began in November 2011, but the FEI said that without the necessary financial support, "the FEI and the organisers would be exposed to an unacceptable financial risk."
This came despite the fact the Canadian delegation had made assurances to the FEI more than six months earlier that the finances were in order.
Canada confirmed at the time that it would return to the 2018 bidding process, with Bromont as its city of choice.
Bromont is planning to use the Montreal 1976 Olympic Stadium for the opening ceremony and the Bromont Equestrian Park, which staged the equestrian events at the 1976 Olympic Games, is the proposed venue for all seven disciplines - jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage, eventing, driving, endurance, vaulting and reining.
Wellington was also part of the original 2018 bid process, pulling out of the race in July 2012 because of a change in local government. Equestrian Sport Productions, the company that was leading its bid, claimed that wealthy landowners in the Palm Beach County area were opposed to the work that would be required to upgrade facilities.
A month earlier, the Hungarian Equestrian Federation had withdrawn the candidacy of Budapest, vowing to support the Vienna bid instead (Vienna subsequently dropped out of the race after the Austrian Equestrian Federation failed to sign and return the host city contract to the FEI by the year-end 2012 deadline.)
Rabat in Morocco also dropped out towards the end of last year, saying its candidacy had "lost its driving force" following the death of HRH Princess Lalla Amina, chair of the Royal Moroccan Federation for Equestrian Sports.
Applications from Sweden, Australia and Russia, all of which submitted formal expressions of interest to the FEI when the bid process began, were subsequently withdrawn.
Normandy in France will stage the 2014 World Equestrian Games between August 23 and September 7.