World Cup showjumping and dressage is to return to Las Vegas in 2015, with the FEI announcing that the desert city is to host both finals.
Las Vegas has already hosted the FEI World Cup finals five times – in 2000 and 2003 when it staged the jumping finals, and in 2005, 2007 and 2009, when the jumping and dressage finals were combined.
“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 (jumping) and Reem Acra (dressage) 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.”
Las Vegas Events President Pat Christenson is looking forward to another “memorable event”.
“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 US and around the world.”
The FEI World Cup Jumping Finals were first held in Gothenburg (SWE) in 1979. Seven years later, the first FEI World Cup Dressage Finals were held in ‘s-Hertogenbosch (NED) in 1986.
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 University of Nevada, Las Vegas in 2005.