World Championship Silver Medalist To Perform Dressage
At Budweiser World Cup 2003
McDonald and Brentina Set To Return To Las Vegas
Las Vegas, NVMarch 17, 2003Peggy and Parry Thomas will
send their superstar mount, Brentina, ridden by Debbie McDonald,
to perform a special dressage exhibition at the Budweiser World
The Budweiser World Cup 2003, the Show Jumping World Cup Final,
will be held April 16-20, 2003 at the Thomas & Mack Center in
Las Vegas, Nevada.
in 1979, the World Cup Final is an annual showdown among the world's
best jumping horses and riders. Approximately 45 riders qualify
from 13 leagues around the world. In the 24 World Cup Finals held
through 2002, United States riders have emerged with the most titles,
having won seven championships. Riders from Austria have won four
world titles and riders from Great Britain and Canada have three
Riding the Thomass Hanoverian mare Brentina, McDonald led
the U.S. Equestrian Team to its best finish ever in the Dressage
World Championships held at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez,
Spain. Led by McDonald and Brentina, the U.S. won the team Silver
Medal. Additionally, McDonald and Brentina finished fourth individually,
the best U.S. finish ever.
1999, McDonald and Brentina won the team and individual Gold Medals
at the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada. It was the United
States first Pan Am team Gold Medal in dressage since 1983.
McDonald was also the first U.S. Individual Gold Medalist since
Carole Grant in 1983.
At Budweiser World Cup 2003, McDonald, a wife and mother from Hailey,
ID, will perform on Saturday afternoon aboard her flamboyant 16.2-hand
will be really fun for Parry, said McDonald, explaining that
Thomas and his former partner donated funds for the arena to the
University of Nevada at Las Vegas. The organizers invited
us to perform at the World Cup in 2000 and we all enjoyed it so
much. Brentina has developed into one of the worlds best horses
and I know Parry will be thrilled to have his horse ride in the
arena that bears his name.
Plenty of good seats remain for Budweiser World Cup 2003. All-Session
ticket packages include seats for the warm-up competition on Wednesday
afternoon, the Grand Prix of Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon, and
all three legs of the World Cup Final itself, to be contested on
Thursday and Friday evenings plus Sunday afternoon. These packages
are available in Plaza Level Priority Seating for $300 per person
or Balcony Level Priority Seating for $150 per person. Exclusive
VIP Packages are also available for $1,000. They include one premier
All-Session seat, access to the private VIP hospitality area complete
with complimentary deluxe food/beverage each day, and preferred
Individual daily tickets are also available for each of the five
days with prices ranging from $10 to $85 per ticket depending on
the session and seat location.
Las Vegas Events, Inc., organizer of the Budweiser World Cup, is
a private, not-for-profit corporation whose charge is to bring special
events to Las Vegas to support Southern Nevada's tourism efforts
and increase economic impact. In its 21-year history, Las Vegas
Events has produced, presented, or supported more than 203 events
including the National Finals Rodeo, NASCAR Winston Cup racing,
Motocross racing, the Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament,
the Miss Universe Pageant, the Harley-Davidson Mile and a Half Tour,
the CineVegas International Film Festival, the World Aerobic Championships
and many others.
order tickets or for more information on the excitement of the 2003
Budweiser World Cup Final, please visit www.worldcuplasvegas.com
or call (702) 260-8605 or toll-free (866) 388-3267.