On March 13, the Federation Equestre Internationale, the U.S. Equestrian Federation and Las Vegas Events have announced the force majeure cancelation of the 2020 FEI World Cup Finals 2020 in Las Vegas. The annual equestrian competition, featuring the Olympic disciplines of jumping and dressage, was scheduled for April 15-19 at the Thomas & Mack Center.
“It is very regrettable that next month’s FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas have had to be canceled, but the decision was out of our hands,” FEI President Ingmar De Vos said.
“Since the FEI World Cup series began in 1978 for jumping and in 1985 for dressage, the Finals have never had to be canceled before, but the global concerns about the spread of the virus and the travel restrictions imposed by the U.S. government have meant that the Finals are one of many major sporting events impacted by this outbreak.
“Like everyone in our community, we are disappointed, not only for the athletes who have qualified for the Finals, but also for Las Vegas Events and U.S. Equestrian, and of course our top partner Longines, but the health, well-being and safety of our athletes, officials and our fans has to be our top priority. We hope we can alleviate that disappointment by returning to Las Vegas for a wonderful FEI World Cup Finals in the future.”
All ticket buyers and exhibitors will be issued full refunds. The Las Vegas Events ticket office will contact all ticket holders on the process starting the week of March 16.