Following the highly successful FEI World Cup Finals in April, the Omaha Equestrian Foundation has announced the inaugural InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series, a nationally televised series of five 1.40-meter speed jumping events sanctioned by the U.S. Equestrian Federation. The series culminates in the $100,000 Championship at 1.45 meters held at the International Omaha in Omaha, Neb., on April 13.
The InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series qualifying events include:
- Sept. 22 – HITS Balmoral (Ill.) $25,000 Open Speed Class
- Oct. 13 – The American Royal (Mo.) $25,000 InIt2WinIt qualifying class
- Nov. 11 – St. Louis Hunter/Jumper Show (Mo.) $20,000 InIt2WinIt Open Speed class
- Jan. 12 – National Western Stock Show (Colo.) $10,000 Monarch Casino jumper stake
Thirty-five of the top riders qualifying in these events will be eligible for the $100,000 Championship at the International Omaha 2018 on Friday, April 13. Riders can qualify at any of the qualifying events, and do not have to compete in all four to be eligible for the championship. Those finishing in the top three at any of the qualifying events will earn the right to compete in Omaha. If the top three are already qualified, then the next riders in order will earn the right to compete in the championship.
In addition, each qualifying event organizer can issue a wild card to one rider of its choosing, and OEF will be able to issue wild cards to enter the championship to any rider who presents a signed judge’s card with a clear round at 1.40 meters in order.
To reward consistency of performance, the rider who has earned the most money but has not placed in the top three at any of the events will also be invited to compete in the Omaha final.
The championship will be a USEF-sanctioned Table III 1.45-meter faults converted speed competition. All four of the qualifying events, plus the championship, will be featured in a nationally televised program.
“The InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series is part of OEF’s mission to produce international caliber equestrian events that change the way the sport is presented in this country, and to develop Omaha into a hub of the sport horse industry,” said Lisa Roskens, OEF founder and chair. “We want to attract international championships as both educational and economic development opportunities for the community.” To fulfill its strategic plan, OEF seeks to create opportunities for high performance athletes from the Midwest and develop young riders with a clear path to higher levels in the sport.
The International Omaha 2018 will also feature its signature jumping competition, the $130,000 International Omaha Grand Prix. In addition, it will host high level team dressage competition and a dressage showcase in conjunction with the U.S. Dressage Foundation.
All events will be held at the World Cup venue, the CenturyLink Center Omaha.