The Race to Las Vegas Has Begun for U.S Show Jumping Riders
Gladstone, NJ- September 13, 2002 The race to the Budweiser
World Cup 2003 in Las Vegas has officially started for U.S Show
Jumping riders, and Margie Engle of Wellington, FL, and Misti
Cassar of Hidden Valley, CA lead the way after the first East
and West Coast qualifying classes!
The $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix, held at the Hampton
Classic Horse Show in Bridgehampton, NY, on September 1, opened
the qualifying season on the East Coast. Nine more qualifying
events will follow between now and March in the USA East Coast
League. A separate league for USA West Coast riders began on August
31 with the $40,000 Grand Prix of Showpark in Del Mar, CA. In
the upcoming months, the United Statess best riders will
battle for the right to represent their country at the Budweiser
World Cup Final, which will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center
in Las Vegas, NV, April 16-20, 2003.
win at the Hampton Classic secured her 20 points and the top spot
on the leader board in the East Coast early in the qualifying
season. Laura Bowery of Bridgehampton, NY, sits in second place
after her third place finish at the Hampton Classic. Laura Kraut
was the next finisher riding a declared World Cup mount in the
class. Kraut finished in fifth place. Her finish in the qualifying
class put her in third place in the World Cup standings. Following
Kraut came McLain Ward, Schuyler Riley, Todd Minikus and Chris
$40,000 Grand Prix of Show Park in Del Mar, CA, on August 31,
opened the qualifying season for West Coast riders. As with Engle,
Cassars win earned her 20 points and the top spot on the
leader board in the West Coast after one qualifier. Sitting behind
Cassar in second place after a second place finish in the class
is Jennie Martin. Susan Hutchison was the next top finisher on
a declared World Cup horse and she currently occupies the third
position in the USA West Coast League. Following Hutchison came
Cathleen Calvert, Liz Denny, John French and Marley Goodman.
The qualifying season promises months of fierce competition among
U.S riders who hope to earn the right to represent the U.S against
some of the worlds strongest competition amidst the glitz
and glamour of the city of Las Vegas. Riders compete in 12 leagues
around the world, all hoping to earn the right to come to Las
Vegas for the chance to win the coveted World Cup Championship.
United States, having won seven World Championships, has won more
World Cup Championships than any other country. After the United
States, Austria has captured the most wins at the World Cup Final
winning four. Great Britain, Canada, and Brazil each have won
three titles in World Cup Final competition.
in 1979, 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.
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 specificationswith
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.
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.
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 Sundays last leg.
So once again spectators have a chance to watch a class filled
with the national and international stars of the sport.
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.
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.
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.