Local Nevada Riders to Compete at Budweiser World Cup
Vegas, NVMarch 17, 2003Local Nevada riders will have
their moment on the worldwide stage when the first annual Nevada
Team Jump Invitational is held on Wednesday, April 16, 2003, the
first day of the Show Jumping World Cup Final, Budweiser World Cup
2003. The competition will begin at approximately 4:15 PM, immediately
following the World Cup Warm-Up Classes.
Team Captains will be appointed by the Nevada Team Jump Committee.
The captains will propose riders, who must be residents of Nevada,
to the Committee. The Committee will extend invitations at the Committee's
sole discretion. The Committee will secure acceptance of ten riders.
Interested riders may contact Kathy Strelau at Las Vegas Events
Each Team will consist of a Captain and five amateur riders, one
of which must be a junior. Each Team will be assigned a World Cup
Rider as Celebrity Co-Captain, who will advise and counsel the Captains
on dividing the ten invited riders into two teams as nearly equal
in ability as possible.
sessions are planned on Monday April 14 and Tuesday April 15 in
the late afternoon.
The order of go will alternate between teams, with the first team
to go being decided by a coin toss.
Assignment of riders to a Level, and order of go within each Level,
will be decided by the Captains, with the advice of the Co-Captains.
Level 1 riders will jump first, then Level 2, and finally Level
World Cup Committee is excited to give local Nevada riders this
opportunity to compete in the same arena at the same event as the
best show jumpers from around the
said Bob Maxey, Chairman of the Budweiser World Cup Committee. The
2000 World Cup Final injected new enthusiasm for the sport into
Nevadas equestrian community. This is an opportunity to show
off what our states riders can do and we anticipate a large
turnout of Nevada equestrian enthusiasts to cheer them on. In anticipation
of and to encourage this local interest we have scheduled the Team
Jump for after-school hours at 4:15 pm, and are offering a special
ticket for Wednesday only at a price of $10.00.
All-Session ticket packages for Budweiser World Cup 2003 are still
available and include seats for the warm-up competition and Nevada
Team Jump Invitational 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 parking.
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.
In 2000, the Budweiser World Cup grabbed the attention of the show
jumping world with laser light shows, fast-paced entertainment acts,
and performances by Las Vegas showgirls and celebrities such as
Susan Anton and Clint Holmes. Other highlights included bull riding,
buffaloes, the world famous Budweiser Clydesdales, and a dressage
demonstration by 1999 Pan American Games double Gold Medalist Debbie
McDonald. World Cup riders Rodrigo Pessoa, Mario Deslauriers, John
Whitaker, Leslie Howard, Ian Millar, and Ludger Beerbaum paired
up with six World Champion barrel racers in a spectacular barrel
racing competition that thrilled the packed arena.
Of course show jumpings biggest names were there and they
can be expected to be on hand when the World Cup returns to Las
Vegas this April. Three-time World Cup champion Rodrigo Pessoa of
Brazil appears well on his way to a return trip to Las Vegas where
he won the Final in 2000.
currently leads the World Cup standings of the Western European
League, considered by many the worlds most competitive. Pessoa
became the first World Cup rider ever to three-peat
when he won the World Cup Final at Budweiser World Cup 2000. He
had previously won the title in 1998 in Helsinki, Finland and in
1999 in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Vegas put on a fabulous World Cup in 2000, said the Brazilian
superstar. Las Vegas was definitely one of the best World
Cup Finals I have ever seen.
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 Nevadas 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.