Gothenburg in Sweden has officially been awarded hosting rights to equestrianism’s 2016 FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals, after the Swedish Board of Agriculture agreed to changes in the laws of how horses are treated.
The finals will take place between March 23 and 28, 2016.
Gothenburg, which hosted this year's jumping and dressage finals, was due to be awarded the 2016 events in August but the FEI, equestrianism's governing body, postponed the decision while talks took place with the Swedish Equestrian Federation over the difference between the Swedish Animal Welfare law and the FEI Veterinary Regulations.
The Swedish Animal Welfare law forbids treatments that are allowed according to the FEI veterinary regulations, but the Swedish Board of Agriculture has now granted an exemption for all major FEI events until the end of 2017 in accordance with the FEI Veterinary Regulations, thereby allowing the 2016 finals to be staged in Gothenburg.
The FEI said in a statement: "The FEI Bureau noted this breakthrough exemption with satisfaction, especially in view of the fact that the Swedish authorities acknowledged the FEI’s high welfare standards, approach and supporting systems in place."
Lyon in France and Las Vegas in Nevada, USA will stage the FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals in 2014 and 2015, respectively.