Gianluca Laliscia and fully involved

AlUla (KSA) and Castiglione del Lago (ITA) confirmed as host for the FEI World Endurance Championship 2026 and the FEI Endurance European Championship 2025

Bologna, November 20, 2023 – The Board of the FEI – International Equestrian Federation, met on Saturday 18 November in Mexico City in occasion of the FEI Hybrid General Assembly, and chose the candidacies of Castiglione del Lago (Perugia – Italy) and AlUla (Saudi Arabia) to host respectively the FEI Endurance European Championship 2025 and the FEI Endurance World Championship 2026 – the major international events of the 2025 and 2026 Endurance calendar.

The dates to be circled in red are 6 September 2025 for the appointment in Umbria and 17 October 2026 for the one in the Saudi desert.

The dates to be circled in red are 6 September 2025 for the appointment in Umbria and 17 October 2026 for the one in the Saudi desert.

Fully involved will be the team, an Umbrian company led by CEO & Chairman Gianluca Laliscia (in the picture above), which for the European championship in Castiglione del Lago will act as a true organizing committee while for the AlUla World championship it will play the role of technical-sport partner supporting the organizing committee composed of the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation (SAEF) and the Royal Commission for AlUla (RCU).

«The allocation of the World championship in AlUla and the European championship in Castiglione del Lago – states Gianluca Laliscia, Endurance World Champion – represent for the culmination of 24 years of hard work, passion and commitment in the world of Endurance. For me and for my entire team, reaching this goal is a source of great satisfaction and a starting point for new and important challenges. I therefore wish to express my sincere gratitude to the Italian Equestrian Federation, the Saudi Equestrian Federation, the Royal Commission for AlUla, the Umbria Region and the Castiglione del Lago Municipality for their constant support, trust and full endorsement in carrying forward the two bids».

As of next year, the staff will be largely involved in organizing the Test Event of the European Championship in Castiglione del Lago; 2025 will instead be the year of the FEI Endurance European Championship in Umbria and the Test Event for the World Championship in AlUla and then culminating with the world event in Saudi Arabia in 2026. Leading the now expert and consolidated team of will be Gianluca Laliscia and Brian Colin Dunn, key figures in world Endurance.

The breathtakingly beautiful scenery offered by Umbria, the green heart of Italy, and Saudi Arabia will once again be united in a common path in the name of Endurance, which will allow the two regions and the two countries to be able to create even stronger links and synergies.