Articles: Press Release
FEI World Cup Finals to Return to Las Vegas in 2009
Rolex FEI World Cup(TM) Jumping Finals and FEI World Cup(TM) Dressage Finals
Set for April 15 - 19, 2009 at the Thomas & Mack Center
Michael Mack, Las Vegas Events, (702) 260-8605, email@example.com
Marty Bauman, Classic Communications, (508) 698-6810,
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - April 15, 2008-Las Vegas Events (LVE) will once again host the
FEI World Cup Finals in both show jumping and dressage at the Thomas & Mack
Center in Las Vegas, April 15-19, 2009.
This will mark the fifth time that Las Vegas hosts the FEI World Cup Finals and
only the third time ever, following two previous times in Las Vegas in 2005 and
2007, that the world's premier annual championships in the two Olympic equestrian
disciplines are held concurrently.
In April, 2007, more than 85,000 spectators attended the Rolex FEI World Cup(TM)
Jumping and Dressage Finals. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors
Authority, the event had a non-gaming economic impact of $23.4 million. Individuals
representing 25 countries and all 50 of the United States purchased tickets for
the Finals, bringing a true international feel to the weekend's competition.
The success of that event, combined with the success of the Finals held in Las Vegas
in 2000, 2003 and 2005, precipitated the return of the Finals to Las Vegas in 2009.
"Each time we've hosted the FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, they proved to be
an incredible success for the destination," said Pat Christenson, president of
Las Vegas Events. "The combination of show jumping and dressage proved to be captivating
for American fans, as well as for those from around the globe. We eagerly anticipate
the return of the Finals to Las Vegas in 2009, and our goal will be to surpass our
Las Vegas's groundbreaking presentation of show jumping and dressage together engendered
unprecedented interest in the Finals by spectators and also proved a huge hit with
the riders. "I don't think our sport has ever been so well received as it was at
the FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas," said 2003 FEI World Cup Dressage champion
Debbie McDonald of Hailey, Idaho. "I believe that the Finals in Las Vegas provided
an incredible boost for our sport."
"The FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas have changed the perception of equestrian
sport in the United States," said John Long, CEO of the United States Equestrian
Federation (USEF). "LVE has showcased the entertainment potential of our sport by
producing incredible events that combine all the excitement and glamour Las Vegas
has to offer as the Entertainment Capital of the World with competition from the
top riders in the world. The events were spectacular and drew standing room only
crowds. The USEF is thrilled to have the dual FEI World Cups back in Las Vegas in
"Las Vegas has consistently put on incredible World Cup Finals, and it is a real
plus for our sport to have the Finals back there," said 2004 Olympic Team Gold
Medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, New York who has competed in three of the four
Finals held in Las Vegas. "They do a fantastic job showing the best our sport
has to offer. The riders all love it and I find it very exciting that the Finals
are going back there."
Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup Jumping Final is an annual international showdown
among the world's best show jumping horses and riders. Approximately 45 riders qualify
from 13 leagues around the world. In the 29 finals held through 2007, United States
riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship seven times.
The 2008 FEI World Cup Jumping Final is being held in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The 2009 event will mark the eighth FEI World Cup Jumping Final to be held in the
United States, following Finals in Baltimore in 1980, Tampa, Fla. in 1989, Del Mar,
Calif. in 1992 and the four in Las Vegas in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
First held in 1986, the FEI World Cup Dressage Final has been held in the U.S. three
times, in 1995 in Los Angeles and 2005 and 2007 in Las Vegas. The Netherlands has
dominated the competition, winning nine titles, followed by Germany with seven.
The United States won its first title in 2003 when Debbie McDonald rode Brentina
to the championship.
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 440 events, which have driven more than 3.8 million
visitors to the area, resulting in an economic impact of more than $2.3 billion.
Those who purchased series seats for the 2007 Finals and would like tickets for
the 2009 FEI World Cup Finals will have an exclusive ticket renewal period that
will run through May 15. From June 1-15, members of the World Cup Club will have
their own exclusive time period when they can purchase priority seating before
tickets go on sale to the general public on June 16. Interested fans can sign up
for World Cup Club membership at the official website at www.worldcuplasvegas.com
Further information about the Rolex FEI World Cup(TM) Jumping Finals and FEI World
Cup(TM) Dressage Finals is also available at the official website.