The FEI, equestrianism's governing body, announced today that four bids are on the table to host the FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals in 2017.
London, UK and Omaha in Nebraska, USA have applied to stage both finals, while Hong Kong has bid for the jumping event and 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands for the dressage event.
The World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals have been held in the same cities in recent years, with 's-Hertogenbosch and Gothenburg in Sweden playing host in 2012 and 2013, respectively.
Gothenburg will again be the host in 2016, before which Lyon in France (2014) and Las Vegas, USA (2015) will stage the two finals.
The London bid is centred around the O2 arena in the east of the city, which staged basketball and gymnastics during the 2012 Olympic Games, and hosts the annual ATP World Tour Finals, the season-ending event in men's tennis.
The Century Link Center, which hosts sports events and concerts, has been put forward as the venue in Omaha.
AsiaWorld Expo, venue for show jumping's Longines Hong Kong Masters, has been proposed as the host of the jumping final, while 's-Hertogenbosch is again hoping to stage the dressage final at Indoor Brabant, as it did last year.
In other bidding news, the FEI said it has also received four bids to stage the senior FEI European Championships in 2017.
Gothenburg has applied to host jumping, dressage, para-dressage and driving, with Rotterdam in the Netherlands, focusing on Jumping only. Strezgem in Poland and Fontainebleau in France are both bidding to host the eventing championships.
Meanwhile, the FEI confirmed that the three applicants to stage the 2018 World Equestrian Games - Bromont in Quebec, Canada; Wellington in Florida, USA; and Lexington in Kentucky, USA - have all been accepted as official candidates following assessment of their bid questionnaires by the FEI evaluation commission.
Site visits will now take place.
Bromont had been 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 it failed to provide the necessary financial guarantees to the FEI on the day it was due to be awarded the event.
Ingmar de Vos, secretary general of the FEI, said: "It is gratifying that our key events are attracting such strong interest from bidders. We have got a very impressive portfolio that includes the FEI World Equestrian Games, our FEI series and the Championships.
"It’s testament to the value of these events that so many countries are vying to host them."
The FEI said all host cities will be announced during the FEI Bureau meeting in spring next year.