Aachen in Germany will host the FEI World Championships in Jumping, Dressage, Para Dressage, Eventing, Driving and Vaulting from 10th – 23rd August 2026 with Al Ula in Saudi Arabia hosting the Endurance World Championship on 17th October 2026.
“The allocation by the FEI Board of the FEI World Championships 2026 to Aachen and Al Ula is a significant decision for the future of equestrian sport,” said FEI President Ingmar De Vos.
“We examined every aspect of the bids we received and especially the sporting infrastructures, the conditions for the horses, accessibility and sustainability. The FEI is delighted to have secured such outstanding hosts for our most prestigious Championships three years in advance, which allows plenty of time for preparation and planning.”
Aachen, which held the 2016 FEI World Equestrian Games at its permanent Soers venue, is well-known for its annual CHIO World Equestrian Festival that attracts many thousands of spectators and is considered one of the highlights on the international equestrian calendar.
“I would like to congratulate the winners, who submitted outstanding bids. We are all well aware of Aachen’s unique track record of organising extremely successful large-scale events. We were impressed with Al Ula’s proposal, which not only contains all the components of a successful event but seeks to showcase the heritage and potential of an entire region” added Ingmar De Vos
“And last but not least, I would like to thank all the bidders, who took part in this process for their strong bids and commitment to the sport. It was not easy to choose between such strong bids. We hope that those who didn’t get it this time will consider bidding for future events.”
Burghley and Boekelo were the other two bidders for Eventing as a sole World Championships discipline.