Photo courtesy of the Las Vegas World Championships
Unfortunately, while this article ran for those who may be interested in attending the 2020 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nevada, the COVID-19 pandemic hit the world and the event has been canceled. The next time the event is scheduled to be in the US is now in Omaha, Neb. In 2023, it is certain that it will return to the city of Las Vegas at some point. Below is even more about the competition and the many benefits of having an equestrian event in Las Vegas, as the city hosts a variety of horse racing competitions and demonstrations.
This April the world’s best show jumping and dressage testers will meet
in the land of neon lights and dazzling entertainment when the FEI World Cup Final returns to Las Vegas. Horses and riders from around the world will compete for boastful rights and prize money at the Thomas & Mack Center at the University of Nevada in Las Vegas.
“This year’s World Cup final in Las Vegas will be the best ever,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, Inc., producer of the final. “We have an upscale VIP experience with unique amenities and exciting in-event elements. Attendees can sample amazing culinary creations by Michael Mina and several other top Las Vegas chefs and experience amazing entertainment. And of course you will see the best horses and riders in the world in both jumping and dressage! “
Get our free weekly horse newsletterCharlotte Dujardin from Great Britain is a two-time Olympic individual gold medalist with her long-term partner Valegro. After Valegro’s resignation in 2016, she carefully brought the mare Mount St. John Freestyle with her. They were individual and team bronze medalists at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018. Photo by Jen Emig / MacMillan Photography
The final marks the end of an annual international series of competitions for jumping and dressage in which many Olympians and world champions take part. They are organized by the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), the international government agency for equestrian sports. The FEI rules stipulate that a certain number of horse-rider combinations, representing several regional “leagues” from around the world, qualify for the finals in each sport.
Steffen Peters won two Olympic Taem bronze medals with Udon in 1996 and Legolas 92 in 2016. He has participated in five World Cup finals and won in 2009 with Ravel as the first second US driver. (Pictured on Suddenkasper at the FEI World Equestrian Games 2018.) Photo by Allen MacMillan
The jumping competition, sponsored by watchmaker Longines, is tested in three rounds over four days. The dressage horses and riders will do a Grand Prix test on the first day and a Grand Prix freestyle two days later.
The organizer of this year’s World Cup finals is Las Vegas Events (LVE). They worked closely with the FEI, Longines, the Thomas & Mack Center staff, and other major companies and sponsors to produce this event. Running an international show involves many tasks including finding a venue with stables and suitable warm-up and competition arenas, setting a schedule, organizing quarantine of horses from outside the US, planning ticket sales and hospitality packages for spectators as well the award of contracts for host hotels and spectator shuttles and mediation of providers in the commercial shopping and concession areas.
Beezie Madden has competed in four US Olympic teams, four US World Championship teams and four US Pan American Games. She has won two World Cup finals: 2013 with Simon (picture) and 2018 with Breitling LS. Photo by MacMillan Photography
In addition to the exciting World Cup action, ticket holders will be treated to a variety of Vegas-style entertainment acts and a performance by Jason Goodman’s Young Living Essential Oils Percheron Six-Horse Hitch. The organizers point out that the Devou-Coux dressage showcase on Friday afternoon will offer some exciting surprises. The Las Vegas Grand Prix on Saturday afternoon is an invitation to show jumping for top international riders who are not participating in the World Championship round.
A World Cup Gift Show shopping location allows visitors to indulge in the fun of “retail therapy” and features a wide range of vendors including CWD, SmartPak, WC-Reiter, Voltaire, Tack of the Town, Der -Dau and others .
More information is available at www.worldcuplasvegas.com and www.fei.org.
Plan your trip
The Red Rock National Conservation Area displays the iconic desert beauty of Nevada. Photo by Travel Nevada / Sydney Martinez
TOURISM TIPS: Don’t miss the spectacular nature reserves and parks on the Vegas Strip and Fremont Street. Red Rock Canyon National Conservation Area, Spring Mountain Ranch State Park, Valley of Fire State Park, and Hoover Dam on Lake Mead are all close by. Quirky and fun attractions in the area include the Mob Museum and the National Atomic Testing Museum. More information is available at www.travelnevada.com.
WATCH TV: The FEI World Cup Final will take place April 15-19 and can be viewed live and on demand on FEI television. To register, go to www.tv.fei.org.
For more information on tickets and partner hotels for the 2020 FEI World Championship in Las Vegas, please visit www.worldcuplasvegas.com.
This article about the 2020 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas appeared in the April 2020 issue of Horse Illustrated magazine. Click here to login!