Look out, America! The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced today that Las Vegas, Nevada will be the host city for the 2015 World Cup Finals in both dressage and show jumping. This will be the fifth time the desert city has hosted FEI World Cup events. Longines and Reem Acra are lined up as sponsors of these events, which will attract leading horses and riders from both sports from all over the world.
No specific dates have been announced, but the finals are usually held in the spring.
From an FEI press release received today:
"We are delighted that the FEI World Cup Finals in both Jumping and Dressage will be returning to Las Vegas in 2015, giving our sport and our title sponsors Longines and Reem Acra further global exposure on this fabulous American stage," said FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vos. "It will be good to be back in Las Vegas after a six-year gap and we are looking forward to really top class sport in this fabulous venue."
Pat Christenson, President of Las Vegas Events, expressed his delight at the FEI Bureau decision to allocate the 2015 Finals to Las Vegas. "We are honoured to be the host of the 2015 FEI World Cup Finals," he said. "Las Vegas last hosted the show jumping and dressage Finals in 2009, so we are extremely excited to once again showcase our destination to equestrian fans from the U.S. and around the world. We look forward to working with the FEI to create a memorable event and a venue for the top riders in the world."
The FEI World Cup? Jumping Finals were first held in Gothenburg, Sweden in 1979. Seven years later, the first FEI World Cup? Dressage Finals were held in The Netherlands at ?s-Hertogenbosch in 1986.
Las Vegas?has?already hosted the FEI World Cup? Finals five times: in 2000 and 2003 it staged the Jumping Finals, and in 2005, 2007 and 2009, the combined Jumping and Dressage Finals.
Las Vegas was the first venue to host combined FEI World Cup? Finals when Jumping and Dressage were staged together at the Thomas & Mack Arena in 2005.