Friday, December 10, 2010

BROMONT OFFICIALLY EXPRESSES AN INTEREST IN HOSTING THE 2018 WORLD EQUESTRIAN GAMES

On October 19th, Bromont’s Mayor, Pauline Quinlan, hand delivered a letter addressed to FEI Secretary General Alexander McLin, in Lausanne Switzerland.  The letter expressed the city’s interest in hosting the 2018 WEG and requested that the FEI convey to the city the requirements and specifications related to such an endeavour. It would not be the first time Bromont played host to competitions of this calibre as the equestrian events were held here during the 1976 Summer Olympic Games.  International level competitions continue to be held in Bromont every year and the Bromont Olympic Horse Park is the only former Olympic equine venue that has retained its vocation and that is still active more than 30 years later.

The mayor’s letter included an information package describing recent upgrades to the facility, including improved drainage, electrical wiring, seating, water supply and state of the art footing.  These improvements were made in 2010 under the supervision of Leopoldo Palacios, the FEI’s current technical director.  The package also included plans for a new 86,000 sq.ft. building with 145 stalls and a 130’ X 330’ indoor arena capable of hosting reining and vaulting competitions.

The Bromont Olympic Horse Park is operated by a non-profit association, the Société d’agriculture du comté de Shefford (SACS), that shares ownership of the park with the city of Bromont. The association’s board includes Marcel Bundock as President and Roger Deslauriers as General Manager.  The park is located in a bucolic countryside setting featuring rolling hills and amidst parklands that are protected through conservation easements. Should the city find that the FEI’s requirements are compatible with the city’s vision and means, partners would be sought to help realize the event.  The province’s Minister of Education, Recreation and Sports, Lyne Beauchamp, has already addressed a letter to Alexander McLin supporting the city in its quest.