Articles: Press Release
2000 Budweiser World Cup Champion Rodrigo Pessoa Eyes Return to Las Vegas
Contact: Marty Bauman, (508) 698-6810
Las Vegas, NV-January 13, 2003-Three-time Show Jumping World
Cup champion Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil appears well on his way to a
return trip to Las Vegas where he won the Budweiser World Cup Final in
Pessoa currently leads the World Cup standings of the Western European
League with 58 points following six of fifteen qualifying events.
Pessoa is one of the world's elite show jumping riders vying for the
right to represent their countries at the 2003 Budweiser World Cup Final
at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV, April 16-20, 2003.
Pessoa became the first World Cup rider ever to "three-peat" when he won
the FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final for the third consecutive year at
the Budweiser World Cup 2000 in Las Vegas. He had previously won the
title in 1998 in Helsinki, Finland and in 1999 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
The World Cup Final is an annual showdown among the top show jumping
riders in the world, as they compete for the prestigious title of World
Cup Champion. This will be the fifth World Cup Final held in the United
States. Previous Finals were held in Baltimore (1980), Tampa (1989),
Del Mar (1992) and Las Vegas (2000). The excitement of international
show jumping competition amid the bright lights, theatrical shows, fine
dining, and shopping found in Las Vegas promises a grand time for all.
The World Cup competition takes place over five days starting with a
warm-up class on Wednesday afternoon, April 16. Thursday evening, April
17, kicks off the main event with the first leg of the World Cup Final,
a heart-stopping speed class run under Table C specifications-with
faults converted into penalty seconds. Riders go all out in the speed
class, knowing that in order to have a chance at a top placing in the
Final standings they need to produce a slick, fast ride.
The second leg of the Final takes place the following evening, Friday,
April 18. This leg features a lengthy and grueling first-round course
followed by a jump-off round where competitors again show their mastery
of the speed format.
Saturday, April 19, is a day off from World Cup competition, but not
from top show jumping action as the prestigious Grand Prix of Las Vegas
takes place in the afternoon. Some riders bring multiple mounts to the
Final and use a second horse in the Grand Prix, which also features
World Cup horses not going in Sunday's last leg. So once again
spectators have a chance to watch a class filled with the national and
international stars of the sport.
The grand finale of the weekend is Sunday afternoon, April 20: the final
leg of the Budweiser World Cup Final, a challenging two-round class run
under Table A with a jump-off if needed to break a tie for first place.
The field of starters is winnowed down to only the top riders who are
granted the privilege of returning for the second course. The rider
with the fewest faults emerges as the new World Cup Champion.
A variety of ticket packages for all price ranges and interest levels is
now available for purchase. All-Session Plaza Level Priority seating is
available for $300 per person. All-Session Balcony Level Priority
seating is available for $150 per person. VIP Packages are available
for $1,000 and include one premier All-Session seat, access to the
private VIP hospitality area complete with complimentary deluxe
food/beverage each day and preferred parking. Daily individual tickets
for the five days of competition range from $10 to $85 depending on the
seating and the session.
To order tickets or for more information on the excitement of the 2003
Budweiser World Cup Final, please visit
or call (702) 260-8605 or toll-free (866) 388-3267.