The World Cup Finals Are Coming Back To Las Vegas In 2020

Nov 19, 2016 - 5:33 AM
The 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Finals in jumping and dressage were last held in Las Vegas in 2015, and in 2020 they'll return, but to a new venue. Photo by Molly Sorge

The Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals for the years 2020 and 2021 and the FEI European Championships 2019 in Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage were among the key events allocated by the FEI Bureau in Tokyo on Nov. 18.

Following the success of the 2015 Finals, the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals will return to Las Vegas in 2020 when the finals will be hosted at a new venue, the MGM Grand Garden Arena on April 15-19.

Las Vegas has previously hosted six FEI World Cup™ Finals, two in jumping and four combined jumping and dressage finals at the Thomas & Mack Center (2000, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, and 2015).

The new venue, located in the MGM Grand Hotel on the famous Las Vegas Strip, is world renowned for hosting high-profile sporting events such as boxing and basketball, as well as live performances from global superstars like Celine Dion, Elton John and Britney Spears.

Gothenburg’s Scandinavium Arena, spiritual home of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final since playing host to the inaugural Final back in 1979, has been awarded the 2021 finals. The Swedish sporting capital, which has already organized 22 FEI World Cup™ Finals including joint-finals in 2013 and 2016, will host the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals 2021 from March 31- April 5.

The 2021 double FEI World Cup™ Finals will kick-start celebrations of the City of Gothenburg’s 400th birthday celebrations.

Rotterdam, in the Netherlands—another city with a long-standing tradition of hosting major equestrian championships—was announced as host for the triple FEI European Championships 2019 in jumping, dressage and para-equestrian dressage from Aug. 19-25.

“We are delighted to confirm the allocation of some of our major finals and championships to major global cities like Las Vegas, Gothenburg and Rotterdam,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “The organizing committees for all these top events have such hands-on practical experience, and understand the process, commitment and dedication involved in organizing these important fixtures on the FEI Calendar. We are very grateful to all the organizers who put in bids for these key events and are extremely happy to have the opportunity to showcase our sport in major global cities.”

The allocations were made at the FEI Bureau in-person meeting in Tokyo on Nov. 18, prior to the FEI General Assembly on Nov. 22. The Bureau also allocated the following FEI Championships and Finals:

2017

Jumping:

FEI South America Jumping Championships for Young Riders, Juniors, Pre-Juniors & Children, Buenos Aires (Argentina) Oct. 2-8

FEI World Jumping Challenge Final, Algiers (Algiers) April 26-29 or May 3-6 (dates to be confirmed)

FEI Balkan Jumping Championships for Seniors, Young Riders, Juniors & Children, Zhitnica (Bulgaria), Aug. 31 – Sept. 3

Dressage:

FEI European Dressage Championships for Young Riders, Juniors. & Children, Roosendaal (the Netherlands), (dates to be confirmed)

FEI Balkan Dressage Championships for Seniors, Young Riders, Juniors & Children, Zagreb (Croatia), June 30–July 2

Driving:

FEI World Driving Championship for Young Horses, Mezöhegyes (Hungary), Sept. 7-10

FEI Balkan Driving Championship, Floresti (Romania), Sept. 29–Oct. 1

FEI World Para-Equestrian Driving Championship for Singles, Izsák (Hungary), Sept. 28–Oct. 1

Endurance:

FEI Balkan Endurance Championship, Salcioara (Romania), Sept. 29-30

Reining:

FEI European Reining Championship, Givrins (Switzerland), Aug. 2-5 or 9-12 (dates to be confirmed)

2018

Dressage:

FEI European Dressage Championship U25, Roosendaal (the Netherlands), July 25-29

Driving:

FEI World Cup™ Driving Final, Bordeaux (France), Feb. 2-4

FEI World Driving Championship for Young Horses, Mezöhegyes (Hungary), Sept. 13-16

Vaulting:

FEI World Cup™ Vaulting Final, Dortmund (Germany), March 1-4

2019

Multi-discipline:

FEI European Jumping, Dressage and Para-Equestrian Dressage Championships, Rotterdam (the Netherlands), Aug. 19-25

Driving:

FEI European Driving Championship, Donaueschingen (Germany), Sept. 20-22

2020

Multi-discipline

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals—Las Vegas (USA), April 15-19

Driving:

FEI World Cup™ Driving Final, Bordeaux (France), Feb. 7-9

2021

Multi-discipline

Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping and FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals—Gothenburg (Sweden), March 31–April 5

The FEI Bureau was also informed about the Secretary General’s decision to open a multi-year application process for the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Championships for dressage and eventing for 2019 and 2020 in order to align the bidding process with jumping.

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