FEI, pull the plug on Bromont—now—and open up the seven World Championships to individual bidders.
by John Strassburger
For a WEG to be fan success, the facility has to have the physical infrastructure to accommodate tens of thousands of people for three weeks.
The 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games concluded last week in Normandy, France, so now is a good time for me to join the small chorus suggesting that it’s time to put an end to this 24-year attempt to create an “equestrian Olympic Games.” It doesn’t work well enough to continue—at least it doesn’t work in the ways that it was intended to work, and it doesn’t work in a way that’s going to expand the public popularity of horse sports.
I covered the 1994 WEG in The Hague (the Netherlands), the 1998 WEG in Rome and the 2002 WEG in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) as a reporter and photographer, and I worked on the media staff in 2010 in Lexington, Ky., so I’ve experienced first-hand the both the high level of competition and the organizational disasters that is the WEG. I’ve written...