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Show Jumping World Cup

April 20, 2009

The World Cup Is Leaving Las Vegas… For Now

The week before the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas, Nev., the Fédération Equestre International announced the locations for the next four show jumping World Cup Finals, and Las Vegas wasn’t on the schedule.

Then the question was, why? The 2000, ’03, ’05, and ’07 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas had been big hits with spectators and riders. For the first two years, just the show jumping Final was held, but dressage joined the schedule in 2005 and ’07, and the crowds sold out the Thomas & Mack Arena.

April 20, 2009

Shutterfly Shuts Out The Competition In The Rolex FEI World Cup Final

As expected, the result of this year’s Rolex FEI World Cup Final came down to an intense duel between two of the greatest horses in the show jumping world today—Sapphire and Shutterfly. They both gave a tremendous display of jumping today, Apr. 19, at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, Nev., in one of the most exciting and impressive finishes of a Final.

April 19, 2009

The Tension Builds For The Final Round

The top placings didn’t shift much after the first of two rounds on the last day of the Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final today, April 19. Each of the top three horses jumping clear over a massive course in the Thomas & Mack Arena.

Three U.S. riders were among the 11 pairs that managed a clear round over the course: Todd Minikus with Pavarotti, Beezie Madden with Danny Boy and McLain Ward with Sapphire.

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 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

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 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

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 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.

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