Articles: Press Release
Meredith Michaels Beerbaum Clinches the
2005 FEI World Cup Finals
Contact: Jamie Saults, 702-895-1051, firstname.lastname@example.org
Las Vegas, NV—April 24, 2005—Meredith Michaels Beerbaum, riding for Germany
won her first world Cup in a breathtaking final round during the 2005
Budweiser World Cup Jumping Final held in Las Vegas, Nevada. Michaels
Beerbaum, aboard the 12 year old Hannoverian gelding Shutterfly, led the
competition going into Sunday’s final round. The pair was had a single rail
down in the first round. A clear second round kept the duo narrowly on top.
Michaels Beerbaum, who originally hailed from California is married to 11th
place finisher, teammate Marcus Beerbaum. Michaels Beerbaum commented,
“Shutterfly jumped brilliantly. This is my biggest win, and it was a
wonderful pleasure to win in Las Vegas.”
Great Britian’s Michael Whitaker on Portofino finished in the second spot.
“I am very happy. My horse had only one fence down in the whole horse show.”
Third place was a tie between Germany’s Lars Nieberg on Lucie 55 and his
teammate Marcus Ehning on Gitania 8.
The highest ranking American, Kimberly Frey brilliantly held the fifth spot
with a clear second round on Marlou. Frey remarked, “We went to Europe to
the Super League shows last year, and I believe that it pushed our
performance to a whole new level.”
FEI Secretary General Bo Helander stated, “I am thrilled and enthusiastic
about presenting the World Cup in Las Vegas.”
The FEI Budweiser World Cup Jumping Final and the FEI World Cup Dressage
Final, presented by Offield Farms, are being held simultaneously for the
first time in history.
More than 100,000 tickets have been sold with tickets purchased by
individuals in 13 countries and all 50 of the United States. Better than
96% of the ticket sales have been to people who live outside Nevada.
The FEI Budweiser World Cup Jumping Final will be televised on NBC on
Sunday, May 8 at 5:00 p.m. EDT. The FEI World Cup Dressage Final, presented
by Offield Farms, will be televised on Monday, June 6 at 4:00 p.m. EDT on
the Outdoor Life Network (OLN).
The FEI World Cup Jumping Final, started in 1979, is an annual showdown
among the world’s best jumping horses and riders. This year’s Final features
33 riders from 17 countries. In the 26 finals held through 2004, United
States riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship
seven times. This marks the sixth FEI World Cup Jumping Final to be held in
the United States, following Finals in Baltimore in 1980, Tampa in 1989, Del
Mar, CA in 1992 and the two in Las Vegas in 2000 and 2003.
First held in 1986, the Dressage World Cup Final has been held in the U.S.
only once, in 1995 in Los Angeles. Germany and The Netherlands have
dominated the competition, winning six titles each through 2004. The United
States won its first title in 2003 when Debbie McDonald of Hailey, Idaho and
the magnificent mare, Brentina, emerged as champions. Brentina is owned by
Parry and Peggy Thomas of Las Vegas, for whom the Thomas & Mack Center, the
venue for the World Cup Finals, is named.
Las Vegas Events, Inc. (LVE), producer of 2005 FEI World Cup Finals, was
founded in 1983. LVE has grown with Las Vegas as the city has emerged as
one of the world’s top special event and resort destinations. A private,
not-for-profit organization, LVE is funded by hotel room tax and serves as
the exclusive major special events agency for the city. In its 21-year
history, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 200
events, which have driven more than 2.5 million visitors to the area,
resulting in an economic impact of more than $700 million.
Las Vegas Events, Inc. is grateful for the generous support of its many
sponsors, such as Budweiser, the title sponsor of the Jumping Final, Offield
Farms, the presenting sponsor of the Dressage Final, and Breyer Animal
Creations, the sponsor of the Riders’ Lounge. Other sponsors include:
Bally’s and Paris Hotels; Bellagio Las Vegas and The Mirage Las Vegas; Creel
Printing; Coast Hotels & Resorts; Der Dau Custom Boots and Shoes; D.K.
Saddlery; Equifit; Equisearch.com, the Official Online Partner of the World
Cup; Hermès of Paris; Lake Las Vegas Resort; Las Vegas Convention and
Visitors Authority; Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino; Merial Limited; Mikmar Bit
Company; NBC Television; Platinum Performance; Practical Horseman; Schleese
Saddlery Service; Sidelines; Style-Wise; Summit Dynamics; Triple Crown
Custom, the Official Custom Blanket of the FEI World Cup Finals; the U.S.
Dressage Federation; the U.S. Eventing Association and the U.S. Equestrian
Also signed on as “Friends” of the FEI World Cup Finals 2005 in Las Vegas
are the American Warmblood Society, “Brentina: From Idaho to Athens,
Presented by Rolex,” Cornerstone Hunters & Jumpers, Devon Wood Equestrian
Centre, Diamond Legacy Breeding, DressageArenas.com, Dressage un Ltd,
HorseDeals.US, HorsesDaily.com, Las Vegas Magazine, Nevada Equestrian
Association, Royal Oaks Farm, Tish Quirk/Horses USA and Valley Horse News.
For more information on the 2005 FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals,
please call Las Vegas Events, Inc. at (702) 260-8605 or visit the official
website at www.worldcuplasvegas.com.