It was an exciting week of show jumping at the second annual Longines Masters Cup New York (April 25-28, 2019), as five-member teams from Europe and the U.S. went head-to-head in the Riders Masters Cup. ‘Riders Europe,’ including Harrie Smolders (NED), Pius Schwizer (SUI), Darragh Kenny (IRL), Olivier Philippaerts (BEL), and Edward Levy (FRA) successfully defended their title in a nail-biting finish against ‘Riders USA,’ consisting of Olympic gold medalist and 2017 FEI World Cup™ champion McLain Ward; 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games gold medalist Devin Ryan; FEI World Cup Final competitors Kristen Vanderveen and Laura Chapot; and Under 25 star Lillie Keenan. Egypt’s Nayel Nassar made history at the event as the first rider to win both the Longines Speed Challenge and the $400,000 Longines Grand Prix of New York at the same event, and he also did it with the same horse, “Lucifer V.” We hope to welcome these riders at the 2020 FEI World Cup™ Finals in 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!
The 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!
Not 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!
The 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.
The 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!
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!