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Show Jumping World Cup

April 18, 2009

Show Jumpers And Dressage Riders Face Off In Reining Celebrity Challenge

It wouldn't be a World Cup Final in Las Vegas without some kind of celebrity challenge. In the past years,  jumpers tried their hand in the hunter ring against some of the top U.S. hunter riders. But this year, the celebrity challenge had a western flavor more in keeping with the location.

April 18, 2009

World Cup in Vegas Is A Hoot

Well, it’s Day 4 and I’ve not yet tripped on anything and fallen head over high heels with $8,000 worth of camera equipment (as I was certain I would have done many times over by now). Knock on wood! Actually there isn’t much wood to knock on here in the concrete-and-metal monstrosity that is the Thomas & Mack Center, but lucky for us, our hotel room at Hooters is almost entirely paneled in it.

April 18, 2009

Kilkenny Rindo Rides To The Top Of The Las Vegas Grand Prix

Rich Fellers has been having a good week. He's not only sitting in fourth in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final standings on Flexible, but also topped the $75,000 Las Vegas Grand Prix today, Apr. 18, on Kilkenny Rindo.

“I think confidence plays a big part, and winning today has certainly built my confidence, so that’s good for tomorrow!” Fellers said. Tomorrow, he and Flexible with compete in the last leg of the World Cup Final.

April 17, 2009

What Happens Behind The Scenes?

Tonight my job was to interview the U.S. show jumpers after they came out of the ring. This is not as simple as you might think. The in-gate area is small and tightly policed. There are coaches, grooms and relatives, who are all trying to watch their horse go. They get priority, and, of course, everyone has to stay out of the way of the horses. Then there are numerous officials who are very serious about keeping the traffic flow orderly.

April 16, 2009

Max Kuhner Withdraws

Germany's Max Kuhner, who would have been competing in his first Rolex FEI World Cup Final, has had to withdraw Acantus K from the competition. A German Federation official said that Acantus K was injured while traveling to the Las Vegas, Nev., for the Final.

April 16, 2009

Can They Beat Meredith This Year?

She’s in it to win it. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum pulled off an astounding inside turn tonight, April 16, to win the first leg of the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final. She and Shutterfly have won two World Cup Finals—in 2008 and 2005—and she’s going to be the one to beat again this year.

“I made a plan that I thought suited my horse,” she said. “My plan was different than 99 percent of the competition, but I know my horse well, and this gives us a great advantage. I was happy how my plan worked."

April 15, 2009

Protests and Knockers -- We Must Be in Vegas!

We have arrived in Vegas. Not without some of the typical travel troubles that plague those of us who haunt the halls of airports with startling regularity, but we’re here at last. Along with all the dressage and show jumping riders and all the fans that will gather over the next four days to watch them go head to head in the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals.

April 14, 2009

World Cup Jumping—It's Complicated But Works

It’s time for the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas! The system for qualifying is complex—and the format for the competition takes a little time to assimilate—yet this competition has the longest history (with perhaps the least tinkering of the rules) of any of the myriad of FEI Championship events held annually.

Max Amman of Switzerland is the visionary behind the World Cup. He believed that the sport was so strong year-round that it was time for an indoor championship to cap off the winter season.

February 20, 2009

Pessoa Books A World Cup Ticket By Winning The $150,000 WEF World Cup Grand Prix

Michelle Spadone steps up for second place and starts thinking about Las Vegas too.

Rodrigo Pessoa started 2009 behind the pack in the race to qualify for the Rolex FEI World Cup Final (Nev.).

But now he’s pretty much assured a spot in the final, to be held April 15-19 in Las Vegas. The 20 points he earned by riding Rufus to the top of the $150,000 World Cup qualifier, held on Feb. 7 during the Spycoast Farm WEF 5 in Wellington, Fla., put him firmly in the running.

April 28, 2008

Michaels-Beerbaum Emerges Victorious Again; Fellers Takes Second

Flawless performances put the two on top.

Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and Shutterfly looked every bit the winners as they trotted placidly around the Scandinavium Arena this afternoon before their final round. With clear rounds scarce and not even a rail in hand, the experienced pair had no room for mistakes, but they finished the weekend without one single jumping fault to clinch their second FEI World Cup title.

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