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Canada Wins Team Gold and U.S. Takes Silver in Pan American Games Dressage

Launched in 1951, the Pan American Games are a multi-sport championship held once every four years that also serves as a qualifying event for countries to earn spots in the Olympic Games. The 2019 Pan American Games are now underway in Lima, Peru, featuring the three Olympic disciplines of dressage, jumping and eventing – the first two of which we will see at the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas next April. The dressage competition was held last week and it was very exciting to say the least!

During the two-day team competition, riders competed at both the Small Tour (Prix St. Georges/Intermediate 1) and Big Tour (Grand Prix/Grand Prix Special) levels. Canada clinched the team Gold medal with a final score of 440.111 to narrowly edge the U.S. who won team Silver on 437.791. Brazil claimed team Bronze with 408.696. As a result, both Canada and Brazil have qualified to compete in next year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo (the U.S. had already qualified by winning the team Silver medal at last year’s FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon).

Canada fielded two Small Tour and two Big Tour partnerships. Three of their combinations – Lindsay Kellock on Floratina, Tina Irwin on Laurencio and Naima Moreira-Laliberté  on Statesman – all posted scores above 73 percent, while their fourth team member, Jill Irving on Degas 12, scored 67.851.

Lima 2019 Pan Am Games - Day 3

Gold medal team from Canada – 📸 by FEI/Raul Sifuentes/Getty Images

Canada’s 22-year-old Moreira-Laliberté is the daughter of Guy Laliberté, co-founder of Cirque du Soleil which offers several amazing shows you can see while in Las Vegas (remember to book tickets early!). She competed at the Big Tour level and led her team in both rounds. She was thrilled with her horse. “This is my first year of Grand Prix, my sixth competition at this level and my first major Games,” she said.

Led by Chef d’Equipe Debbie McDonald (2003 FEI World Cup champion), the three-rider U.S. contingent included Nora Batchelder and Faro SQF, Jennifer Baumert with Handsome, and Sarah Lockman aboard First Apple. New to Championship-level competitions, they performed extremely well in winning three medals, the team Silver plus individual Gold and Bronze.

“I’m really proud of the team and their performances,” said McDonald. “There is a lot to look forward to when you look at the direction of this program and I believe the future is very bright. The more international and championship exposure we can give our athletes, the better we become as a team. Overall, I think everyone handled the environment to the best of their ability, and these riders have each benefited greatly as a group and individually from this experience.”

In the individual competition, the USA’s Sarah Lockman and First Apple won the Gold medal with a personal best score of 78.980% in the Freestyle to music. This made it three times in a row that the U.S. has taken the Pan Am individual Gold, following wins by Steffen Peters (2009 FEI World Cup champion) in 2011 and 2015. This was the U.S.’s ninth individual Dressage title at the Pan American Games!

Pan Am Dressage Silver Medal Team -- USA

Silver medal team from USA – 📸 by Taylor Pence/US Equestrian

“I am over the moon excited about it!” said Lockman, who also had the highest individual score in the team competition. “It’s everything I ever dreamed of and wanted. I’m just so proud of my horse and thankful to everyone who helped get me here. This is my first time representing the U.S. and it’s such a different feeling as our sport is for the most part an individual sport. This (the team competition) has brought a different element and I love it. It’s amazing seeing our flag raised; it’s definitely a rush and something I will never forget!”

Canada’s Tina Irwin on Laurencio added to her team Gold, winning the individual Silver with a Freestyle score of 77.780%. America’s Jennifer Baumert on Handsome won the individual Bronze on 75.755%!

Dressage – with the Biggest of the Big Tour stars! – will be one of two equestrian disciplines on display when the world’s best horses and riders come to Las Vegas next April 15-19 to compete in the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals. Less than two weeks remain for you to take advantage of an exclusive pre-sale opportunity for All-Session tickets before they go on sale to the general public. To take advantage of this exclusive opportunity, go to www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club and join the World Cup Club right now. Membership is FREE and it will give you an inside edge on getting the best available seats as well as the latest breaking news, host hotel updates, hospitality information and much more!

All-Session Ticket Packages are available as follows:

  Jumping Dressage Combo
VIP Seating $2,000 $2,000 $3,950
Plaza $450 $450 $850
Balcony $250 $250 $450

*Additional fees may apply

All VIP ticket holders will have access to the impressive Taylor Harris Club presented by Lugano Diamonds which will be an amazing experience. Located in the Thomas & Mack Center’s brand new Strip View Pavilion, the new 36,000 square-foot, two-story magnificent VIP space has an outdoor patio overlooking the stabling area with spectacular views of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Access to the Taylor Harris Club, presented by Lugano Diamonds will provide:

  • VIP seating in the first four rows of the venue
  • Easy access from seats to the VIP area
  • VIP Food & Beverage
  • Live music
  • An exclusive entrance to the venue for VIP ticket holders only
  • Large screen TVs so no one has to miss any action
  • Complimentary World Cup Souvenir Program
  • Complimentary Day Sheets

Click here for the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals Tentative Schedule

The Thomas & Mack Center will be the place to be next April for equestrian sports’ biggest annual championship. Join me in the Entertainment Capital of the World, April 15-19, 2020, for a week you’ll never forget and to see who will be crowned World Cup Champion in both jumping and dressage!

Further information on the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas, and the chance to join the World Cup Club, is available at the event’s official website at www.WorldCupLasVegas.com.

Ready…Set…Go! Exclusive All-Session Tickets on Sale for the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas!

Want to see the world’s biggest and brightest jumping and dressage stars compete at one of the world’s most prestigious championships? In the most exciting city in the world? Well, join the World Cup Club today and you can get the best seats in the house for the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas next April!

From July 1 through August 15, members of the World Cup Club have an exclusive opportunity to purchase All-Session tickets. It’s free (yes FREE!) to join the World Cup Club, so take advantage of this exclusive opportunity. Go to www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club right now — everyone is welcome to join!

As a World Cup Club member, not only will you have exclusive access to All-Session tickets, you will also get the latest breaking news, host hotel updates, hospitality information and much more!

I can tell you that the 2020 World Cup Finals are going to be bigger and better than ever before!  Nearly 74,000 spectators came to the 2015 Finals in Las Vegas which were absolutely spectacular, and more are expected in 2020. When you have the biggest names in two Olympic disciplines under one roof, there’s no doubt that the competition will be incredible, and so will the entertainment, dining and shopping.

The schedule for 2020 Finals features the return of the Dressage Grand Prix Freestyle to music, the class that determines the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Champion, to its previous primetime spot on Saturday evening. It’s a favorite competition for both riders and spectators, and promises to be one of the most exciting nights of the year! 

All-Session Ticket Packages are available as follows:

  Jumping Dressage Combo
VIP Seating $2,000 $2,000 $3,950
Plaza $450 $450 $850
Balcony $250 $250 $450

*Additional fees may apply

All VIP ticket holders will have access to the impressive Taylor Harris Club presented by Lugano Diamonds which will be an amazing experience. Located in the brand new Strip View Pavilion, the new 36,000 square-foot, two-story magnificent VIP space has an outdoor patio overlooking the stabling area with spectacular views of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. Access to the Taylor Harris Club, presented by Lugano Diamonds will provide:

  • VIP seating in the first four rows of the venue
  • Easy access from seats to the VIP area
  • VIP Food & Beverage
  • Live music
  • An exclusive entrance to the venue for VIPs only
  • Large screen TVs so no one has to miss any action
  • Complimentary World Cup Souvenir Program
  • Complimentary Day Sheets

Click here for the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals Tentative Schedule

The 2020 Finals will be like nothing you’ve ever seen, so make sure you don’t miss out! Tickets are expected to sell fast, so get your tickets right away, because starting August 16, All-Session tickets will be available to everyone and they will go FAST. Tickets for individual sessions will go on sale early next winter.

I’m already a member of the World Cup Club, are you? Don’t wait … join NOW!

Get your tickets now and join me at the Thomas & Mack Center in The Entertainment Capital of the World, April 15-19, 2020, to see who is crowned World Cup Champion!

Further information on the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas, and the chance to join the World Cup Club, is available at the event’s official website at www.WorldCupLasVegas.com.

The Countdown for the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas Has Begun: One Year Until the World’s Top Jumping and Dressage Competitors Return to Las Vegas!

In just one year (well, one year and 14 days, but who’s counting?) the world’s top equestrian jumping and dressage superstars will return to the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ to once again compete for the prestigious title of FEI World Cup™ Champion. The countdown to the 2020 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ and FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals has begun and what an incredible week it will be!

jumper 8 of 59The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas will be the place to be on April 15-19, 2020 and everyone who is there is surely in for a treat! The FEI World Cup™ Finals are like no other competition, and Las Vegas – the Entertainment Capital of the World – showcases the sport like nowhere else! The Finals are the biggest annual individual championships for jumping and dressage athletes. The entry list will read like a who’s-who of the biggest names in the sport including Olympic, World, European and World Cup champions, many of whom don’t usually compete in the U.S.  It will be a rare opportunity for fans to watch the absolute best our sport has to offer!

jumper 36 of 59Not only will spectators be treated to thrilling competition from start to finish, but they will also get to experience the dazzling entertainment that has made Las Vegas famous around the world! It will be a feast for the senses with Olympic, World, European and World Cup champions on hand, plus an array of Las Vegas acts, spectacular shopping and special events.

Dressage Final Back in Primetime!

dressage 7 of 41The schedule for 2020 also features the return of the Dressage Freestyle, the class that determines the World Cup Champion, to its previous Saturday evening timeslot. Based on past experience, this promises to be one of equestrian sports’ most exciting nights of the year!

Exclusive All-Session Ticket Offers

Two exclusive ticket offerings will begin on April 15. These apply to either jumping or dressage or for combined packages including both disciplines.

  • From April 15 – May 31, 2019, All-Session Ticket holders from 2015 will have the first chance to order All-Session Tickets for 2020 during an exclusive renewal period.
  • From July 1 – August 15, members of the World Cup Club will have the next exclusive opportunity to purchase All-Session Tickets. There’s no charge to become a World Cup Club member, so be sure to sign up now to have first choice on the best available seats, and also to get the latest news, ticket and hotel information. Join at www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club.

Starting August 16, following these two exclusive periods for 2015 All-Session Ticket holders and World Cup Club members (did I mention that it’s FREE to join the World Cup Club?), general sales of All-Session tickets will open and All-Session tickets for either discipline will be available to anyone. Tickets for individual sessions will go on sale at the end of the year.

The 2020 Finals marks the seventh time that Las Vegas is hosting the FEI World Cup™ Finals following 2000 and 2003 when it hosted the Jumping Finals, and 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 when it hosted both the Jumping and Dressage Finals. The world’s best will be there and the American contingent is sure to be a major force – especially on home soil. U.S. riders have won the last two Jumping Finals, with Olympic Gold medalists McLain Ward taking the 2017 title in Omaha and Beezie Madden adding her second World Cup title in Paris in 2018. The U.S. Team (including Ward) also clinched the Gold medal at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina.

dressage 5 of 41The U.S. is equally strong in Dressage. Laura Graves has made her mark on many a podium over the past few years. She and her legendary partner Verdades (“Diddy”) were second at both the 2017 and 2018 Finals and won individual and team Silver medals at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and team Bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In fact they are off to Gothenburg, Sweden this week to see if they can continue their incredible streak at this year’s FEI World Cup™ Finals.

One think I am absolutely sure of is that the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas will be one event you won’t want to miss. If you had an All-Session ticket in 2015, be ready on April 15 to order your tickets for next year. If not, then be sure to join the World Cup Club immediately so that you’re eligible to order your tickets on June 1. Take a moment to visit the event’s official website at www.WorldCupLasVegas.com and sign up today (did I mention that it’s FREE to join?).

I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas next year!

The FEI World Cup™ Finals Are Returning to Las Vegas and the Thomas & Mack Center in 2020!

With the announcement by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in November 2016 that the FEI World Cup™ Finals are returning Las Vegas in 2020, excitement rippled through the equestrian world. That excitement is building to new levels with the recent news that the Finals are in fact returning to the newly renovated Thomas & Mack Center. Get ready everyone for what is going to be the most spectacular and thrilling Finals in the history of the sport!

The FEI World Cup™ Finals feature the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final; they are the biggest annual individual championships for horses and riders in both Olympic disciplines.  Entry lists include the “who’s who” of the world’s top competitors from all corners of the globe – including Olympic, World, and European Champions – all of whom must qualify during the year in order to compete at the prestigious Finals.

This will mark the seventh time that Las Vegas will be hosting the FEI World Cup™ Finals following 2000 and 2003 when it hosted the Jumping Finals, and 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 when it hosted both the Jumping and Dressage Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center. The “Entertainment Capital of the World” provides the perfect backdrop for this prestigious event, as proven by the 73,895 spectators who came to the highly acclaimed 2015 Finals.

A Major Facelift and Change of Venue

The 2020 Finals in Las Vegas were originally slated to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but unforeseen scheduling difficulties arose at the new venue. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as the Thomas & Mack Center was already in the process of a two-year $75 million major renovation, all of which is completed and now the Thomas & Mack is ready to welcome back the world’s premier horses and riders. The significantly improved venue is now a truly world-class facility.

Some of the upgrades include an improved competition arena and warm-up area, enhanced stabling for the horses, new arena seats and floors, new entrances and escalators, upgraded concessions and restrooms. Improvements to the sound system should make the Dressage Freestyle performances more mesmerizing and entertaining than ever before.

A spectacular addition is the new Strip View Pavilion, a brand new 36,000 square-foot, two-story VIP space within which will be the event’s VIP Hospitality Center – The Taylor Harris Club presented by Lugano Diamonds.  It features a magnificent event space and an outdoor patio overlooking the stabling area with incredible views of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The Taylor Harris Club presented by Lugano Diamonds will be open to all VIP ticket holders. VIP hospitality with a view – it doesn’t get any better than that!

The world’s best show jumping and dressage athletes will be doing all they can to qualify for the Finals which will be held April 15-19, 2020. Tickets are sure to sell out fast, so be sure to join the free World Cup Club for the latest news, offers, and ticket information which will be available very soon. Visit www.WorldCupLasVegas.com to sign up today!

This promises to be the most exciting equestrian competition of the year in the most exhilarating city in the world; I can hardly wait!