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The Night That Changed Dressage Forever

It wasn’t just one of the great dressage performances of all time, it was the night that changed the sport forever!

An electrifying performance by U.S. rider Debbie McDonald and the magical chestnut mare Brentina at the 2005 FEI Dressage World Cup Final in Las Vegas broke all the rules and paved the way for dressage’s emergence as an entertaining spectator sport.

Traditionally, dressage had featured freestyle performances to classical music and audiences that would sit still and remain silent until the end of the performance. However, on this Saturday night at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, the crowd could not contain itself. Debbie and Brentina performed to a medley of popular Motown hits and as they rode their last piaffe pirouette and passage down center line, set to Aretha Franklin’s R-E-S-P-E-C-T, the capacity crowd was standing and clapping to the music which made Debbie grin from ear-to-ear. As the pair danced to their final salute, the crowd erupted in cheering so loud that the building nearly shook ! It was pure magic and dressage has never been the same!

If you’ve never seen this remarkable performance, or if you want to see it again, click here. Be sure to turn up the volume and listen as the end of the performance nears to hear the crowd as it joins in. It still makes me smile!

“People still bring it up when they see me,” Debbie once told me. “And I have to say that I smile every time they do. I really do feel that it changed the way we present dressage and I think it played a major role in our sport’s growth. It was something special and I’m sure it is a night I will never forget!”

Peggy Thomas, who owned Brentina with her husband Parry, for whom Las Vegas’s Thomas & Mack Center is named, once said, “The bigger the crowd and more frightening the situation, the better Brentina would perform. ‘Bring it on, I can take it,’ she would seem to say. She lit up the minute she walked into the ring at the World Cup, as if to say, ‘Oh good, my public has arrived!’”

Debbie and Brentina didn’t win the Final that year (they did claim a spot on the podium after finishing in third), but that hardly mattered. Their incredible performance changed the direction of the sport and how people watch dressage. It was a fitting legacy for one of the most beloved, and one of the most successful, horse/rider combinations in dressage history!

Debbie and Brentina first stepped onto the international stage at the 1999 Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada, where they won team and individual Gold medals. It was an incredible accomplishment as Brentina was just 8 years-old! The pair dominated the sport over the next decade, winning medals and championship titles at the most prestigious competitions around the world.

The pair won the 2003 World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden, the first U.S. pair to do so. They competed at two Olympic Games – 2008 in Hong Kong and 2004 in Athens, where they were part of the U.S.’s Bronze medal team. They were part of the Silver medal U.S. Team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Jerez, Spain, as well as the 2006 Bronze medal WEG team in Aachen, Germany.

Brentina was formally retired in a special ceremony at the 2009 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.  The diminutive Debbie wiped tears from her eyes as Brentina’s long-time groom, Ruben Palomera, took her saddle off for the last time and a beautiful rose garland was placed over the beloved 18-year-old Hanoverian mare’s neck. The Thomas family, along with Bob McDonald, Debbie’s husband, were also spotlighted in the arena and the packed stadium gave her a long standing ovation. There wasn’t a dry eye in the house!

Brentina was inducted into the U.S. Dressage Federation (USDF) Hall of Fame that year and she has been made into a Breyer horse model. After her retirement, Peggy and Parry Thomas continued Brentina’s legacy through sponsorship of the Young Adult “Brentina Cup” with the hopes of supporting rising stars in American dressage. One example is Adrienne Lyle, who trains with Debbie. Debbie is now also the U.S. Dressage Team Chef d’equipe and Technical Advisor.

As we think back on her incredible career, it is safe to say that the beautiful Brentina will forever have

R-E-S-P-E-C-T as America’s ‘Queen of Dressage,’ just as the late Aretha Franklin will forever be loved as the ‘Queen of Soul.’

The 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals return to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas next April 15-19.  It’s hard to predict what magical moments, like Brentina’s historic performance, will occur, but I know you won’t want to miss them. So please, ORDER YOUR TICKETS NOW!

All-Session tickets for both disciplines are now on saleAll-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

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.

World Cup Preview Next Week at Las Vegas National Horse Show

With the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas less than six months away, the pressure for riders to earn a spot in the Finals is intensifying. Next week, top national and international riders are heading to the “Entertainment Capital of the World” to compete at the 2019 Las Vegas National Horse Show CSI3*-W (November 11-17), which is hosting the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas on Saturday evening, November 16, at the South Point Hotel.

LVN crowd

Las Vegas National crowd

The Las Vegas National is one of 14 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Qualifying events in North America. The top 16 placing riders in the qualifying class will gain points in their league, with a goal to earn an invitation to the 2020 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final, which returns to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas next April 15-19.

Peter Lutz (FB profile photo)

Peter Lutz

Some of the top U.S. riders entered for Las Vegas next week include Adrienne Sternlicht who won a team gold medal at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon last fall, U.S. Olympic gold medalist Will Simpson, who has competed at four World Cup Finals, and Peter Lutz, who won the 2015 FEI Jumping World Cup™ qualifier in Las Vegas and went on to compete at the 2016 FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.

Also entered are a some impressive up-and-coming riders including Brian Moggre, who won the World Cup qualifier last March at the Live Oak International in Ocala, FL, and who is currently ranked fourth in the North American Eastern Sub-League, as well as Abigail McArdle, who competed at the World Cup qualifier at the Columbus CSI3*-W in Ohio last month.

Setting the tracks will be world-renowned Course Designer Leopoldo Palacios of Venezuela, a FEI 4* level Course Designer who has designed courses at many of the biggest events in the world, including the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong. No stranger to Las Vegas, Palacios was the FEI Foreign Technical Delegate when the World Cup Final was last held there in 2015.

Leopoldo Palacios

Leopoldo Palacios

The competition will be thrilling and undoubtedly fierce. Riders are not only seeking the glory of a victory and the top prize money, but to accrue the valuable points necessary towards earning an invitation to the 2020 World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas!

For more information on the 2019 Las Vegas National Horse Show, visit https://thelasvegasnational.com.

Nearly 74,000 spectators came to the 2015 Finals in Las Vegas and more are expected in 2020, so I urge you to GET YOUR TICKETS NOW!  All-Session tickets for both disciplines are now on sale.  Tickets for individual sessions will go on sale early this winter, so it’s best to get your tickets NOW to be sure you get the best seats! Everyone is welcome to join the World Cup Club at www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club. Membership is FREE and members receive all the latest breaking news, information on host hotels, hospitality 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 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

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.

Outstanding Officials On Board for 2020 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas

The world’s elite jumping and dressage horses and riders will arrive en-masse in Las Vegas next April to vie for the prestigious title of FEI World Cup™ Champion. This week, the list of officials for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final is being announced, and as expected, it’s an all-star line-up!

Heading the list of officials is Anna Lindqvist of Sweden, who will be President of the Ground Jury. She will be joined by Ground Jury Members David Distler and Jack Robson of the USA, and Colleen Hoffman of Canada.

Olaf Petersen, Jr. of Germany will be the Course Designer. Dan Reed of the USA will be the Chief Steward, while Maria Hernek of Sweden will be the European Steward. Santiago Varela of Spain will be the Foreign Technical Delegate and Neil O’Connor of the USA will be the Limb Sensitivity Liaison Judge. The Jumping Final will once again be managed by Stephanie Lightner of Blenheim EquiSports.

Stephanie Lightner cropped

Stephanie Lightner

Anna Lindqvist (Sweden) – President of the Ground Jury

Anna Lindqvist is an FEI 4* rated judge – one of only two in Sweden. Lindqvist was a member of the Ground Jury at the 2016 and 2019 FEI World Cup™ Finals, both in Gothenburg, Sweden.

David Distler (USA) – Ground Jury Member

David Distler

David Distler has been judging around the world since 1975. He became an FEI show jumping judge in 1989, and is currently the only FEI 4* rated judge in the U.S. Distler has served as a member of the Ground Jury at several previous Finals, four of which he served as Ground Jury President, including the 2009 Final in Las Vegas. He served as a member of the Ground Jury at the 2008 and 2016 Olympic Games and was also on the Jury at the 2007 Pan American Games and 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games.

Colleen Hoffman (Canada) – Ground Jury Member

Colleen Hoffman is an FEI 3* rated judge with years of experience as an official. She was a member of the Ground Jury at the 2017 Longines FEI World Cup™ Final in Omaha, Nebraska, among many others.

Jack Robson (USA) – Ground Jury Member

Jack Robson is an FEI 3* rated judge and course designer with over 30 years of experience. He has worked with the likes of Frank Chapot, Bert de Nemethy, Pamela Carruthers, and Robert Jolicoeur to name a few. He was a Member of the Ground Jury for the 2009 and 2015 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas, and has been either President or a Member of the Ground Jury at shows such as the Las Vegas National, Los Angeles National, Blenheim Equisports, Del Mar International and Ocala Masters.

Olaf Petersen, Jr. (Germany) – Course Designer

Olaf Petersen Jr

Olaf Petersen, Jr. is a FEI Level 4 Course Designer. He was Co-Course Designer at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games and has also designed courses at the 2006 Asian Games, 2005 South East Asian Games, and over a dozen FEI World Cup™ qualifiers such as Thermal, Wellington, Del Mar, and Los Angeles in the U.S., Wroclaw (Poland), Budapest (Hungary), Moscow (Russia), Kiew (Ukraine) and Balvanera (Mexico) to name a few. Petersen competed at the grand prix level himself before adding course designer to his resume in 1990 after being inspired by his famed father, FEI course designer Olaf Petersen, Sr.

Santiago Varela (Spain) – Foreign Technical Delegate

FEI BarcelonaSantiago Varela began designing courses when he was just 15 years old and is now an FEI Level 4 Course Designer. He was Course Designer at the 2011 FEI European Championships and for the first Nations Cup Final in Barcelona in 2013, as well as the FEI European Championships for Young Riders, Juniors, and Children. He has designed courses for many of the biggest events around the world, and has been selected as the Course Designer for the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo.

Dan Reed (USA) – Chief Steward

Dan Reed has been a Steward at numerous top international jumping events across the nation including the National Horse Show, Las Vegas National Horse Show, Washington International Horse Show, Old Salem Farm Horse Shows, Hampton Classic, Palm Beach Masters and Split Rock Jumping Tour, to name just a few. He is highly respected for his integrity and calm demeanor.

Maria Hernek (SWE) – European Steward

Maria Hernek is a FEI 3* Jumping Steward and conducts FEI Jumping Steward clinics all over the world. She has been the Chief Steward at the Gothenburg Horse Show in Sweden for many years, including the 2013 FEI World Cup™ Final. She was also an FEI Steward at the 2011 FEI European Jumping Championships in Madrid, Spain. She was the Chief Steward at the 2015 FEI World Cup™ Final in Las Vegas.

Neil O’Connor (USA) – Limb Sensitivity Liaison Judge

Neil O’Connor is a USEF and FEI 3* Judge and Steward and officiates regularly at national and international shows. He has served as President or Member of the Ground Jury at many prestigious U.S. shows such as the Hampton Classic, Pennsylvania National, Winter Equestrian Festival, Washington International, National Horse Show, and the inaugural 2014 Central Park Horse Show. Internationally, O’Connor has officiated at Spruce Meadows and the Royal Winter Fair, both in Canada. A native of Millstreet, County Cork, Ireland, O’Connor now resides in the U.S.; ironically he was the Foreign Judge at the 2014 Dublin Horse Show.

The 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas take place April 15-19! All-Session tickets for either discipline are now on sale!  Tickets for individual sessions will go on sale early this winter, so it’s best to get your tickets NOW to be sure you get the best seats! Everyone is welcome to join the World Cup Club at www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club. Membership is FREE and members receive all the latest breaking news, information on host hotels, hospitality 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

Click here to purhcase tickets

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

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.

Thrilling Competition from World Cup Champions at World Equestrian Festival CHIO Aachen

The world’s top riders and horses congregated in Aachen, Germany last week (July 12-21) for the World Equestrian Festival Aachen CHIO – the world’s largest annual equestrian event – and to say it was exciting would be an understatement!

Although they host five disciplines at Aachen, our focus is on the two – jumping and dressage – that will be featured at the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas next April.  The list of competitors in both these Olympic disciplines read like a who’s-who in the sport and the competition kept everyone on the edge of their seats from start to finish. The U.S. riders put on their A-game, scoring some big victories and new personal best scores.

The jumping was simply spectacular, complete with a nail-biting finish in front of a packed stadium of 40,000 spectators. U.S. rider Kent Farrington, team Silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, again proved why he is a ‘Master of Faster,’ winning Aachen’s prestigious €1,000,000 Grand Prix with Gazelle. Determined not to come in second place like he did in 2014 (when he had the fastest round but with a dropped rail), Farrington produced two fantastic clear rounds over the Frank Rothenberger-designed courses which had many obstacles set at an impressive 1.70m. Farrington and Gazelle flew effortlessly over the jumps, ultimately finishing in the fastest time of 43.98 seconds to claim the win.

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Kent Farrington – 📸 US Equestrian

“It is such an impressive list of riders who have won the Grand Prix of Aachen. I am so proud to now be one of them!” said Farrington.

Farrington is now in the running for a €250,000 bonus if he goes on to win the Grand Prix at Spruce Meadows in September. The former world number one had a bad fall in 2018 which required surgery and he’s made it back to the top after a lot of hard work. “Gazelle has helped me fight my way back to the top again,” he remarked.

In second place was Germany’s Daniel Deusser, an Olympic bronze medalist and the 2014 FEI World Cup™ Champion, who currently leads the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Western European League rankings. Riding Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z, Deusser also jumped double clear, but had a slightly slower time of 44.35. Great Britain’s Ben Maher, the 2012 Olympic gold medalist who competed at the 2009 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, had a faster time of 43.94 seconds with Explosion W, but a rail down left him in third place.

Double Olympic gold medalists McLain Ward, who won the World Cup Finals in 2017, and Beezie Madden, who won the Finals in 2018 and 2013, both had good rounds in the Grand Prix and finished in the top ten. Although it wasn’t to be for either of them on that day, both riders did win at Aachen. Ward clinched Saturday’s main feature, the Allianz-Prize, aboard Noche de Ronda, and Madden clinched the Sparkassen-Youngsters-Cup Final with Garant, a horse which Madden refers to as ‘Junior’ at home as he reminds her of her former top horse Authentic in terms of talent.

The Dressage competition was equally phenomenal and the Lambertz Nations Cup competition was fierce to say the least. The German team ultimately claimed its 38th Nations Cup victory on home ground with a final score of 489.77, while Denmark took silver with a team total of 457.515. The U.S. team of Adrienne Lyle, Katherine Bateson-Chandler, Steffen Peters and Shelly Francis fought to the end with superb performances and were rewarded with a total score of 450.775 for the bronze medal.

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US Dressage team – 📸 US Equestrian

Olympic and World Equestrian Games veteran Adrienne Lyle earned the highest scores for the U.S. aboard Salvino. The pair placed eighth in the Grand Prix with a score of 76.870% and seventh in the Grand Prix Special with 76.745%.

Teammate Steffen Peters, a three-time Olympic bronze medalist and the 2009 FEI World Cup champion, was hot on Lyle’s heels in the Grand Prix, earning a score of 75.848% for ninth place with Suppenkasper. They followed with a 74.872 percent in the Grand Prix Special for 12th place.

WEG veteran Katherine Bateson-Chandler and Alcazar also put in strong performances, earning 72.674% in the Grand Prix followed by 73.766% in the Grand Prix Special. It was an emotional return to Aachen for Bateson-Chandler, as Alcazar suffered a life-threatening colic episode at Aachen three years ago which required surgery to save him.

Shelly Francis and Danilo, the horse she rode to a 12th place finish at the 2018 World Cup Finals, produced a Grand Prix score of 70.826 percent and a Grand Prix Special score of 65.532 percent at Aachen.

Both Lyle and Bateson-Chandler posted career personal-best scores in the Grand Prix Freestyle to Music. Lyle and Salvino placed sixth with a score of 83.560%, which surpassed their 2019 World Cup Final score of 81.832% to become the top placed American combination at Aachen. Bateson-Chandler scored a personal best score of 77.690% in the Freestyle to finish in 12th place.

Isabell Werth, the most decorated Olympic equestrian in history with 10 medals (six gold and four silvers) and a four-time FEI World Cup Champion (2019, 2018, 2017, 2007), dominated the competition from start-to-finish aboard her 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) gold-medal winning partner Bella Rose, winning the Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special for the Nations Cup. To top it off, Werth celebrated her 50th birthday on the last day in winning style, dancing to another victory with Bella Rose in the Freestyle, scoring 90.450% and becoming only the sixth horse-and-rider combination in history to be awarded at least 90%.

isabell werth at aachen

Isabell Werth – 📸 CHIO Aachen

The Aachen roster included numerous World Cup Final competitors, many of whom will be at the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas next April 15-19. If you haven’t reserved your tickets yet, be sure to join the World Cup Club today. Membership is free and it will give you an inside edge on getting the best available seats for the Finals. Through August 15, members of the World Cup Club have an exclusive opportunity to purchase All-Session tickets. To take advantage of this exclusive opportunity, go to www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club right now – everyone is welcome to join! Not only will you have exclusive access to the All-Session tickets, as a World Cup Club member you will also get 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 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 Thomas & Mack Center will be the place next April for equestrian sports’ biggest annual championship. Please join me in The Entertainment Capital of the World, April 15-19, 2020, fort a week you’ll never forget!

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.

 

 

World’s Best Heading to Germany for the World Equestrian Festival Aachen CHIO

This month, one of the world’s biggest and most competitive annual equestrian competitions is taking place – the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, July 12-22. The event hosts competition in five of the FEI’s eight disciplines — Eventing, Driving, Vaulting, and the two we feature at the FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Jumping and Dressage.

Mclain HH Azur 3 at 2017 Omaha World Cup (📸)Lili Weik

Mclain HH Azur 3 at 2017 Omaha World Cup (📸)Lili Weik

The U.S. is sending a super strong team in jumping, led by two riders who have won the World Cup Finals — Olympic double Gold medalists Beezie Madden, who won the FEI World Cup Finals twice (2013 and 2018), and McLain Ward, who won the Final in 2017.

Joining them are  two-time Olympic veteran Laura Kraut, who won a team Gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, Kent Farrington, team Silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, who has competed at six World Cup Finals, including two in Las Vegas (2005, 2003) and who was also a member of U.S. Team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games.

Beezie Madden Breitling 2018  (📸)Taylor-Renner

Beezie Madden Breitling 2018 (📸)Taylor-Renner

These riders will compete in several individual classes as well as the main jumping competition, the Nations Cup team competition which is taking place on Thursday, July 18.

The Dressage competition will be equally exciting with another team of experienced U.S. riders. While the U.S. jumping horses have not yet been announced, the dressage horses have been.

Steffen Peters will be riding Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding “Suppenkasper.” In the four Olympics in which Peters has competed, he has won three Bronze medals – most recently at the 2016 Games in Rio. He has competed at five World Cup Finals, including 2007 when he finished third and 2009 when he emerged as World Cup champion!

Steffen Peters 2009 (📸)Tony DeCosta

Steffen Peters 2009 (📸)Tony DeCosta

Joining Peters at Aachen are Olympic and World Equestrian Games veteran Adrienne Lyle, who will be competing the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion “Salvino,” owned by Betsy Juliano LLC. Lyle competed in her first World Cup Final this year in Gothenburg, where she and “Salvino” finished seventh. Also on the U.S. team are WEG veterans Katherine Bateson-Chandler, who will be riding Jane Clark’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding “Alcazar,” and Shelly Francis, who will be riding Patricia Stempel’s 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding “Danilo,” whom she rode in the 2018 World Cup Finals in Paris where they finished 12th.

The Dressage Nations Cup will consist of the Grand Prix CDIO5* on Thursday, July 18, and the Grand Prix Special CDIO5* on Saturday, July 20. The Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO5* will take place on Sunday, July 21, for individual honors.  In addition to the U.S. riders, we know the field at Aachen will feature many of the sport’s elite riders who are likely to be competing at the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas next April 15-19. With that in mind, be sure that you don’t wait another minute to join the World Cup Club. Membership is free and it will give you an inside edge on getting the best available seats for the 2020 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

Through August 15, members of the World Cup Club have an exclusive opportunity to purchase All-Session tickets. To take advantage of this exclusive opportunity, go to www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club right now — everyone is welcome to join! Not only will you have exclusive access to the All-Session tickets, as a World Cup Club member you will also get 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 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 Thomas & Mack Center will be the place next  April for equestrian sports’ biggest annual championship. Join me in  The Entertainment Capital of the World, April 15-19, 2020, fort a week you’ll never forget and to see who will be crowned World Cup Champion in 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.

World’s Best Heading to Germany for the World Equestrian Festival Aachen CHIO

This month, one of the world’s biggest and most competitive annual equestrian competitions is taking place – the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Germany, July 12-22. The event hosts competition in five of the FEI’s eight disciplines — Eventing, Driving, Vaulting, and the two we feature at the FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Jumping and Dressage.

Beezie Madden Breitling 2018  (📸)Taylor-Renner

Beezie Madden Breitling 2018 (📸)Taylor-Renner

The U.S. is sending a super strong team in jumping, led by two riders who have won the World Cup Finals — Olympic double Gold medalists Beezie Madden, who won the FEI World Cup Finals twice (2013 and 2018), and McLain Ward, who won the Final in 2017.

Joining them are  two-time Olympic veteran Laura Kraut, who won a team Gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong, Kent Farrington, team Silver medalist at the 2016 Olympics in Rio, and Nicole Shahinian-Simpson, who has competed at six World Cup Finals, including two in Las Vegas (2005, 2003) and who was also a member of U.S. Team at the 2002 World Equestrian Games.

Mclain HH Azur 3 at 2017 Omaha World Cup (📸)Lili Weik

Mclain HH Azur 3 at 2017 Omaha World Cup (📸)Lili Weik

These riders will compete in several individual classes as well as the main jumping competition, the Nations Cup team competition which is taking place on Thursday, July 18.

The Dressage competition will be equally exciting with another team of experienced U.S. riders. While the U.S. jumping horses have not yet been announced, the dressage horses have been.

Steffen Peters will be riding Four Winds Farm and Akiko Yamazaki’s 11-year-old KWPN gelding “Suppenkasper.” In the four Olympics in which Peters has competed, he has won three Bronze medals – most recently at the 2016 Games in Rio. He has competed at five World Cup Finals, including 2007 when he finished third and 2009 when he emerged as World Cup champion!

Steffen Peters 2009 (📸)Tony DeCosta

Steffen Peters 2009 (📸)Tony DeCosta

Joining Peters at Aachen are Olympic and World Equestrian Games veteran Adrienne Lyle, who will be competing the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion “Salvino,” owned by Betsy Juliano LLC. Lyle competed in her first World Cup Final this year in Gothenburg, where she and “Salvino” finished seventh. Also on the U.S. team are WEG veterans Katherine Bateson-Chandler, who will be riding Jane Clark’s 14-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding “Alcazar,” and Shelly Francis, who will be riding Patricia Stempel’s 15-year-old Hanoverian gelding “Danilo,” whom she rode in the 2018 World Cup Finals in Paris where they finished 12th.

The Dressage Nations Cup will consist of the Grand Prix CDIO5* on Thursday, July 18, and the Grand Prix Special CDIO5* on Saturday, July 20. The Grand Prix Freestyle CDIO5* will take place on Sunday, July 21, for individual honors.  In addition to the U.S. riders, we know the field at Aachen will feature many of the sport’s elite riders who are likely to be competing at the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas next April 15-19. With that in mind, be sure that you don’t wait another minute to join the World Cup Club. Membership is free and it will give you an inside edge on getting the best available seats for the 2020 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas.

Through August 15, members of the World Cup Club have an exclusive opportunity to purchase All-Session tickets. To take advantage of this exclusive opportunity, go to www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club right now — everyone is welcome to join! Not only will you have exclusive access to the All-Session tickets, as a World Cup Club member you will also get 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 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 Thomas & Mack Center will be the place next  April for equestrian sports’ biggest annual championship. Join me in  The Entertainment Capital of the World, April 15-19, 2020, fort a week you’ll never forget and to see who will be crowned World Cup Champion in 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.