Articles: Press Release
World's Top Riders Racing to 2007 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas
Las Vegas to Again Host FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals
Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events (702) 260-8605,
Marty Bauman (508) 698-6810,
Las Vegas, NV-July 31, 2006-While qualifying for the FEI World Cup Dressage
Final will take place primarily in the winter, the battle to earn berths in
the 2007 FEI World Cup Jumping Final is underway. The FEI World Cup Finals
in both show jumping and dressage will return to the Thomas & Mack Center in
Las Vegas, April 18-22, 2007.
Seven of the FEI's 14 World Cup Jumping Leagues have begun the race to the
29th annual FEI World Cup Final. The qualifying period in the two U.S.
Leagues runs from late August through early April. The Canadian League,
however, is underway with Eric Lamaze leading the standings with 19 points
after the first three of nine qualifiers. Margie Gayford followed in second
with 24 points. Canadian League qualifying continues through November.
After five of 21 scheduled qualifying competitions in the Central European
League, Poland's Jaroslaw Skrzyczynski led the field with 37 points, ahead
of his countryman, Lukasz Jonczyk, who had 24. Qualifying in the Central
European League continues through March with a brief hiatus in January and
In the South American League, 26 show jumping riders participated in the
first two qualifiers. Denis Gouveia of Brazil led the pack with 32 points.
Behind Gouveia, with 28 points, was Fabio Leivas da Costa, also of Brazil.
The South American League will see a total of seven FEI World Cup qualifiers
Nineteen riders have done battle on the road to the 2007 World Cup Final in
the South African League's two initial qualifiers. Lexi Carter took the
lead with 30 points, followed by Mike Benjamin with 26 points. A total of
six qualifiers are planned through November.
Qualifying in the Japan League was half over, with three out of six
scheduled qualifiers completed by the end of June. With 22 points, Daisuke
Kawaguchi led Taizo Sugitani by eight points. After a two-month break,
competition in the Japan League resumes in September and continues through
Australian League qualifying got underway with its first qualifier in April.
Rod Brown bested the qualifying field, earning 17 points and taking the
early lead. Behind Brown, with 14 points, was Peter McMahon. Australian
League qualifying continues through January.
After two out of three qualifying competitions in the Central Asian League,
leading the way with 23 points was Gairat Nazarov of Uzbekistan. Following
Nazarov was Andrey Shalokhin of Kyrgyzstan with 19 points.
The coming months of the qualifying season promise fierce competition in all
14 FEI World Cup Jumping Leagues. Approximately 45 of the world's best show
jumping riders will qualify for the Final. Every rider hopes to earn the
right to compete in the Final, representing his or her country against the
world's strongest competition.
Las Vegas, the world's premier city for exciting entertainment, will once
again be the backdrop for the 2007 FEI World Cup Finals. In 2005, the FEI
World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals were held in the same location
simultaneously for the first time in history. In 2007, for the second time
ever, Las Vegas will again host the FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage
Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup Jumping Final is an annual international
showdown among the world's best show jumping horses and riders. The 2007
event will mark the seventh FEI World Cup Jumping Final to be held in the
United States, following Finals in Baltimore in 1980, Tampa, FL in 1989, Del
Mar, CA in 1992 and the three in Las Vegas in 2000, 2003 and 2005. In the
28 finals held through 2006, United States riders have emerged with the most
titles, having won the championship seven times.
First held in 1986, the FEI World Cup Dressage Final has been
held in the U.S. only twice, in 1995 in Los Angeles and 2005 in Las Vegas.
The Netherlands has dominated the competition, winning seven times, followed
by Germany with six. The United States won its first title in 2003 when
Debbie McDonald rode Brentina to the Championship. 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 2000, 2003, 2005, and
2007 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. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or
supported more than 200 events, which have driven more than 2.8 million
visitors to the area, resulting in a non-economic impact of more than $1.4
For more information on the 2007 FEI World Cup Jumping and
Dressage Finals, including how to order tickets and how to become a member
of the World Cup Club free of charge, please visit the official Las Vegas
World Cup website at www.worldcuplasvegas.com