Articles: Press Release
Unprecedented Dual World Cup Finals Awarded to Las Vegas in 2005
Two of World's Most Prestigious and Glamorous Equine Events Will
2005 World Cup Champions in Show Jumping and Dressage
United States Equestrian Federation, Inc.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 22, 2004
Two of the world's most prestigious and glamorous equine events are
coming to the United States in 2005! For the first time ever in
international competition, two World Cup Championship events will be
held concurrently in one location, Las Vegas, Nevada, April 20-24, 2005.
The 2005 World Cup Champions in both jumping and dressage will be
crowned in Las Vegas.
Following its previous hosting of two World Cup Jumping finals, the
highly-acclaimed Budweiser World Cups in 2000 and 2003, Las Vegas
Events, Inc. has secured the rights from the International Equestrian
Federation (FEI) to also bring the Dressage World Cup Final to the
United States for the first time since 1995 and to hold it jointly with
the Budweiser Jumping World Cup Final.
"We were thrilled with the reaction of the show jumping world to our
presentations of the 2000 and 2003 World Cup Finals," said Robert Maxey,
Chairman of the Las Vegas World Cup Organizing Committee. "We have
heard repeatedly that we have had a major impact on the way show jumping
is now being presented in the U.S. and it is our hope that we can also
have a positive impact on the future of dressage with the way we plan to
present the sport."
"Las Vegas has very ambitious plans for staging the joint World Cups,"
said Pat Christenson, President of Las Vegas Events, Inc. "Following
what we accomplished in 2000 and 2003, Las Vegas Events, Inc. intends to
present both Finals with the kind of flair for which we have become
known in producing major successes like the National Finals Rodeo."
"We are very excited that the World Cup is returning to Las Vegas," said
John Long, Chief Executive Officer of The United States Equestrian
Federation (USEF). "Equestrian sport in the United States is on the
upswing. With the ratings success of the first NBC telecast of the
Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event at the end of April, it's clear there are
tremendous possibilities for our sport if we all work together. The
USEF will continue to partner with Las Vegas Events, Inc. to
aggressively market and promote this event."
Riding the rating success of equestrian sports and the 2004 Rolex
Kentucky Three-Day Event, NBC will televise the 2005 World Cup Jumping
"We are very excited about combining two World Cup disciplines, jumping
and dressage," said Dr. Bo Helander, Secretary General of the
International Equestrian Federation (FEI). "This has never been done
before but we feel that Las Vegas is the ideal place to showcase these
two world class events. Las Vegas always puts on a first-class event
that the riders and fans truly enjoy."
Started in 1979, the Show Jumping World Cup 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 26 finals held through 2004, United States riders have
emerged with the most titles, having won the championship seven times.
This will mark the sixth Show Jumping World Cup 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.
The return of the Dressage Final to the United States is sure to provide
a huge boost to the sport, just as the hosting of the Jumping Final in
Las Vegas in 2000 helped increase that discipline's popularity.
Ticket pricing for both events include VIP, Plaza and Balcony sections.
Jumping season tickets are $1,000 VIP, $300 Plaza and $150 Balcony.
Dressage season tickets are $600 VIP, $300 Plaza and $150 Balcony.
Special pricing is available for those interested in attending both
Las Vegas Events, Inc. (LVE), the event producer, is a non-profit
company whose mission is to produce and sponsor events that drives
tourism to Southern Nevada. LVE is responsible for producing the annual
National Finals Rodeo (NFR) and America's Party New Year's Eve Fireworks
Show and sponsoring events such as NASCAR, NHRA, PGA & LPGA golf.
Annually LVE produces or sponsors nearly thirty events for the Southern
For more information on the 2005 Dressage and Jumping World Cup Finals,
please call Las Vegas Events, Inc. at 702-260-8605 or visit the official
website at www.worldcuplasvegas.com. Media
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The United States Equestrian Federation Inc.(USEF), as the National
Equestrian Federation of the U.S., is the regulatory body for the
Olympic and World Championship sports of dressage, driving, endurance,
eventing, reining, show jumping, and vaulting, as well as 19 other
breeds and disciplines of equestrian competition. As the country's
largest multi-breed organization, the Federation has over 80,000 members
and recognizes more than 2,800 competitions nationwide each year. It
governs all aspects of competition, including educating and licensing
all judges, stewards, and technical delegates who officiate at these
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation is to provide
leadership for equestrian sport in the United States of America,
promoting the pursuit of excellence from the grass roots to the Olympic
Games, based on a foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its horses, and embracing this vision, to be the best national
equestrian federation in the world.