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Queen of Dressage Isabell Werth Retains Her Crown at the 2019 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg

To say the pressure was on as the last six riders of the 2019 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg prepared for the Freestyle would be inaccurate. It was intense. It was everything a World Cup Championship should be. Each movement shuffled the leaderboard. Each centerline was energized by the crowds applause pushing horse and rider to perform their very best until the final salute.

In the end, it was the multiple Olympic, World Cup, and World Equestrian Games (WEG) champion Isabell Werth and Weihegold OLD from Germany who would be crown the victor. The duo looked determined as they performed their freestyle, attempting perfection to replace USA’s Laura Graves from the top. A bobble in Werth’s one-tempi changes in a very technical test cost them a final mark in the 90% range. However, their test was enough to move them into first with 88.871%. This was Werth’s fifth World Cup and third consecutive World Cup win with Weihegold OLD, the 14-year-old Oldenburg owned by Christine Arns-Krogmann.


Isabell Werth 📸 Credit: FEI Christophe Taniere

“I could take all the risks at extended canter and the pirouettes were great. We could not have been better,” said Werth. Noting the slight miscommunication in the one-tempi changes Werth remarked “I was arrogant there, so that was my fault! I love what I do, and this is what keeps me so competitive!”

Entering the centerline to the theme of Rudy, USA’s Olympic and WEG veteran Laura Graves with her own and Curt Maes’ 17-year-old Dutch Warmblood Verdades, threw down the gauntlet for Werth to chase. As the second U.S. rider to go, the pair earned the first 10 of the day on their half-pass movement. “Diddy” and Graves were picture and foot-perfect earning a final score of 87.179 % to take the lead. In the end, a slightly more technical ride from Werth separated first and second place by only 1.692 percentage points moving Graves into second.


Laura Graves 📸 Credit: FEI Liz Gregg

“My horse (Verdades) likes his job and never puts a foot wrong when I ride him, although at the barn he knows he’s the boss,” said Graves. “He was so rideable today; the crowd was amazing, and I hope everyone enjoyed it as much as me!”

Sweeping the third podium spot in a dramatic way, Germany’s Helen Langehanenberg aboard Damsey FRH, the 17-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Louise Leatherdale & Susanne Meyer, were the last combination to go in the Scandinavium Arena. Producing a forward test, the pair quickly ticked off each box climbing the leaderboard. During their test, it was evident Langehanenberg and Damsey FRH were feeling the atmosphere and decided to go all in on their last centerline. Damsey FRH’s final movement, the extended trot, was so bold and powerful traveling to the judges booth at “C”, their final halt was within centimeters of the boards earning an 86.571%.


Helen Langehanenberg 📸 Credit: Charlie Crowhurst Getty Images

“I am thankful and really proud of him,” said Langehanenberg. “The clapping motivated him at the end of the test, and I think he would have been quite happy to start all over again!”

Friday’s Grand Prix podium finisher, WEG veteran Daniel Bachmann Andersen and Blue Hors Zack, the 15-year-old Stallion owned by the Blue Hors Aps from Denmark, were a favorite in the Freestyle. After producing an efficient and lovely test, the pair earned an 85.468 % to place them in third with four riders left to go. It wasn’t until Langehanenberg concluded her test that Andersen and “Zack” moved in to fourth.

The Olympic and World Cup veteran contingent representing the U.S. of Laura Grave’s with Verdades, Adrienne Lye with Salvino and Kasey Perry-Glass with Goerklintgaards Dublet were a force throughout the competition. Perry-Glass and Goerklintgaards Dublet, the 16-year-old Dutch warmblood gelding, produced a brilliant freestyle earning fifth place with an 84.975%. Lyle and Salvino, the 12-year-old Hanoverian stallion owned by Betsy Julian LLC, beautifully danced with Lyle to a personal best of 81.832% for seventh at the 2019 FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals Gothenburg.

Full Results: https://www.longinestiming.com/#!/equestrian/2019/1638/html/en/longinestiming/resultlist_D02.html


The Countdown for the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas Has Begun: One Year Until the World’s Top Jumping and Dressage Competitors Return to Las Vegas!

In just one year (well, one year and 14 days, but who’s counting?) the world’s top equestrian jumping and dressage superstars will return to the ‘Entertainment Capital of the World’ to once again compete for the prestigious title of FEI World Cup™ Champion. The countdown to the 2020 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ and FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals has begun and what an incredible week it will be!

jumper 8 of 59The Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas will be the place to be on April 15-19, 2020 and everyone who is there is surely in for a treat! The FEI World Cup™ Finals are like no other competition, and Las Vegas – the Entertainment Capital of the World – showcases the sport like nowhere else! The Finals are the biggest annual individual championships for jumping and dressage athletes. The entry list will read like a who’s-who of the biggest names in the sport including Olympic, World, European and World Cup champions, many of whom don’t usually compete in the U.S.  It will be a rare opportunity for fans to watch the absolute best our sport has to offer!

jumper 36 of 59Not only will spectators be treated to thrilling competition from start to finish, but they will also get to experience the dazzling entertainment that has made Las Vegas famous around the world! It will be a feast for the senses with Olympic, World, European and World Cup champions on hand, plus an array of Las Vegas acts, spectacular shopping and special events.

Dressage Final Back in Primetime!

dressage 7 of 41The schedule for 2020 also features the return of the Dressage Freestyle, the class that determines the World Cup Champion, to its previous Saturday evening timeslot. Based on past experience, this promises to be one of equestrian sports’ most exciting nights of the year!

Exclusive All-Session Ticket Offers

Two exclusive ticket offerings will begin on April 15. These apply to either jumping or dressage or for combined packages including both disciplines.

  • From April 15 – May 31, 2019, All-Session Ticket holders from 2015 will have the first chance to order All-Session Tickets for 2020 during an exclusive renewal period.
  • From July 1 – August 15, members of the World Cup Club will have the next exclusive opportunity to purchase All-Session Tickets. There’s no charge to become a World Cup Club member, so be sure to sign up now to have first choice on the best available seats, and also to get the latest news, ticket and hotel information. Join at www.worldcuplasvegas.com/world-cup-club.

Starting August 16, following these two exclusive periods for 2015 All-Session Ticket holders and World Cup Club members (did I mention that it’s FREE to join the World Cup Club?), general sales of All-Session tickets will open and All-Session tickets for either discipline will be available to anyone. Tickets for individual sessions will go on sale at the end of the year.

The 2020 Finals marks the seventh time that Las Vegas is hosting the FEI World Cup™ Finals following 2000 and 2003 when it hosted the Jumping Finals, and 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 when it hosted both the Jumping and Dressage Finals. The world’s best will be there and the American contingent is sure to be a major force – especially on home soil. U.S. riders have won the last two Jumping Finals, with Olympic Gold medalists McLain Ward taking the 2017 title in Omaha and Beezie Madden adding her second World Cup title in Paris in 2018. The U.S. Team (including Ward) also clinched the Gold medal at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games™ (WEG) in Tryon, North Carolina.

dressage 5 of 41The U.S. is equally strong in Dressage. Laura Graves has made her mark on many a podium over the past few years. She and her legendary partner Verdades (“Diddy”) were second at both the 2017 and 2018 Finals and won individual and team Silver medals at the 2018 World Equestrian Games and team Bronze at the 2016 Rio Olympics. In fact they are off to Gothenburg, Sweden this week to see if they can continue their incredible streak at this year’s FEI World Cup™ Finals.

One think I am absolutely sure of is that the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas will be one event you won’t want to miss. If you had an All-Session ticket in 2015, be ready on April 15 to order your tickets for next year. If not, then be sure to join the World Cup Club immediately so that you’re eligible to order your tickets on June 1. Take a moment to visit the event’s official website at www.WorldCupLasVegas.com and sign up today (did I mention that it’s FREE to join?).

I look forward to seeing you in Las Vegas next year!

The FEI World Cup™ Finals Are Returning to Las Vegas and the Thomas & Mack Center in 2020!

With the announcement by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) in November 2016 that the FEI World Cup™ Finals are returning Las Vegas in 2020, excitement rippled through the equestrian world. That excitement is building to new levels with the recent news that the Finals are in fact returning to the newly renovated Thomas & Mack Center. Get ready everyone for what is going to be the most spectacular and thrilling Finals in the history of the sport!

The FEI World Cup™ Finals feature the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final; they are the biggest annual individual championships for horses and riders in both Olympic disciplines.  Entry lists include the “who’s who” of the world’s top competitors from all corners of the globe – including Olympic, World, and European Champions – all of whom must qualify during the year in order to compete at the prestigious Finals.

This will mark the seventh time that Las Vegas will be hosting the FEI World Cup™ Finals following 2000 and 2003 when it hosted the Jumping Finals, and 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015 when it hosted both the Jumping and Dressage Finals at the Thomas & Mack Center. The “Entertainment Capital of the World” provides the perfect backdrop for this prestigious event, as proven by the 73,895 spectators who came to the highly acclaimed 2015 Finals.

A Major Facelift and Change of Venue

The 2020 Finals in Las Vegas were originally slated to be held at the MGM Grand Garden Arena, but unforeseen scheduling difficulties arose at the new venue. The timing couldn’t have been more perfect as the Thomas & Mack Center was already in the process of a two-year $75 million major renovation, all of which is completed and now the Thomas & Mack is ready to welcome back the world’s premier horses and riders. The significantly improved venue is now a truly world-class facility.

Some of the upgrades include an improved competition arena and warm-up area, enhanced stabling for the horses, new arena seats and floors, new entrances and escalators, upgraded concessions and restrooms. Improvements to the sound system should make the Dressage Freestyle performances more mesmerizing and entertaining than ever before.

A spectacular addition is the new Strip View Pavilion, a brand new 36,000 square-foot, two-story VIP space within which will be the event’s VIP Hospitality Center – The Taylor Harris Club presented by Lugano Diamonds.  It features a magnificent event space and an outdoor patio overlooking the stabling area with incredible views of the world-famous Las Vegas Strip. The Taylor Harris Club presented by Lugano Diamonds will be open to all VIP ticket holders. VIP hospitality with a view – it doesn’t get any better than that!

The world’s best show jumping and dressage athletes will be doing all they can to qualify for the Finals which will be held April 15-19, 2020. Tickets are sure to sell out fast, so be sure to join the free World Cup Club for the latest news, offers, and ticket information which will be available very soon. Visit www.WorldCupLasVegas.com to sign up today!

This promises to be the most exciting equestrian competition of the year in the most exhilarating city in the world; I can hardly wait!