September 2016 - Omaha Welcomes the World!

World Cup Finals for jumping and dressage return to the U.S. in March, 2017.

The 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals, an annual indoor Championship competition for the world’s best jumping and dressage horses and riders, is returning to the U.S. March 29 - April 2, 2017. The red carpet will be rolled out for the world’s elite competitors as they vie for the coveted World Cup titles at the CenturyLink Center in the dynamic Midwestern city of Omaha, Nebraska.

 

The event will feature both the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final and the FEI World Cup Dressage Final, which offers spectators the rare opportunity to watch the world’s best horses and riders from around the world, including Olympic, World and European Champions, all in one location.

 

“We are expecting attendance of more than 60,000,” says Mike West, CEO of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, which is producing the event. “The excitement is building by the day and tickets are selling fast. The Finals will undoubtedly be the equestrian event of the year so make sure you don’t miss out!”

Continuing a Long Tradition

Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup Jumping Final is an annual international showdown. In the 38 Finals held through 2016, Germany (10) and the United States (9) have emerged with the most titles. Previous FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals held in the United States include Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989), Del Mar, CA (1992) and Las Vegas (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2015). Top competitors may include 2012 Olympic gold medalist and two-time FEI World Cup™ Champion Steve Guerdat of Switzerland, who will have the opportunity to defend the back-to-back titles he won in 2015 and 2016, while top U.S. rider Rich Fellers could potentially be making his 10th FEI World Cup Final appearance and possibly with the legendary chestnut stallion Flexible, aboard whom Fellers has competed in eight FEI World Cup Finals and won the championship in 2012.

The FEI World Cup Dressage Final was first held in 1986. A total of 31 Finals have been held through 2016, and the United States has won the championship twice - in 2003 (Debbie McDonald with Brentina) and 2009 (Steffen Peters with Ravel). The Final has been held in the U.S. six times, in Los Angeles (1995) and Las Vegas (2005, 2007, 2009, 2015).

2016 FEI World Peter Minderhoud of The Netherlands will have the opportunity to defend his title, but there will be many other top competitors who will be looking to have their name engraved on the trophy. Two-time World Cup Champion Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain, the reigning Olympic, World and European Champion, may seek to reclaim the titles she won in 2014 and 2015, while top American rider Steffen Peters could also regain the World Cup Championship that he won in 2009. Fellow U.S. rider Laura Graves may also have a great shot, having placed a very respectable fourth place at the 2015 Final in Las Vegas.

Wednesday, March 29 will feature the jumping warm-up at 9:30 a.m. and the dressage warm-up at 2 p.m. Actual competition will begin on Thursday, March 30, with the Dressage Grand Prix starting at 1 p.m. and Jumping Speed Class at 7 p.m.  On Friday, March 31, the Dressage Freestyle rehearsal will be held at 9 a.m. with the Dressage showcase starting at 3 p.m. followed by the Jumping Grand Prix at 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 1, the Dressage Freestyle to Music - the event determining the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Champion - will begin at 2 p.m., with the Jumping Grand Prix competition at 7 p.m. On Sunday, April 2, the Final Jumping competition will begin at 2 p.m., which ultimately decides who will be crowned the 2017 FEI World Cup Jumping Champion.

A variety of tickets packages are available. VIP tickets are the best seats in the house and include access to the VIP Hospitality Lounge throughout the event. Full meals, open bar and other amenities are all included with each VIP ticket. There are also All-Session tickets available and each all-session package includes admission to five sessions. Hospitality packages set in elegant, spacious suites are available along with vendor spaces in the Shopping Village, which also features the Tailgate Lounge food service area surrounding the warm-up area.


Press release provided by Omaha World Cup 2017. For more information about the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals, hotels, and ticket information, please go to www.OmahaWorldCup2017.com.