14 U.S. Show Jumping Riders Qualify for Budweiser
World Cup 2003
Vegas, NVMarch 31, 2003Fourteen U.S. show jumping riders
have qualified to compete in the Budweiser World Cup 2003, the FEI
Show Jumping World Cup Final, April 16-20, in Las Vegas, NV. The
riders earned the right to compete in the Final by being the top
finishers in their respective Leagues.
riders qualified from the U.S.A. East Coast League McLain
Ward of Brewster, NY; Norman Dello Joio, Lauren Hough, Margie Engle,
and Candace King of Wellington, FL; Beezie Madden of Cazenovia,
NY; Leslie Howard of Westport, CT; and Laura Kraut of Oconomowoc,
addition, four riders qualified from the U.S.A. West Coast League
Richard Spooner of Burbank, CA; Nicole and Will Simpson of
Westlake Village, CA; and John French of Menlo Park, CA.
Wylde, individual Bronze Medalist in the Show Jumping World Championships
at the 2002 World Equestrian Games, was granted a Wild Card invitation
by the International Equestrian Federation (FEI), and Robert Chelberg,
an American living in Prague, qualified from the Central European
Budweiser World Cup 2003 will be the fifth World Cup Final held
in the United States. Previous Finals were held in Baltimore (1980),
Tampa (1989), Del Mar (1992) and Las Vegas (2000).
it hosted the Budweiser World Cup in 2000, Las Vegas treated spectators
to spectacular laser light shows and dazzling performances by Las
Vegas showgirls and celebrities such as Susan Anton and Clint Holmes.
Other highlights of 2000 included bull riding, buffaloes, the world
famous Budweiser Clydesdales, and a dressage demonstration by 1999
Pan American Games double Gold Medalist Debbie McDonald. World Cup
riders Rodrigo Pessoa, Mario Deslauriers, John Whitaker, Leslie
Howard, Ian Millar, and Ludger Beerbaum paired up with six world
champion barrel racers in a spectacular barrel racing competition
unlike any ever seen before.
Vegas put on a fabulous World Cup in 2000, said Brazilian
superstar Rodrigo Pessoa whose brilliant riding in Las Vegas dazzled
the large crowds and earned him a third consecutive World Cup Championship.
Las Vegas was definitely one of the best World Cup Finals
I have ever seen.
are still available for the Budweiser World Cup 2003. All-Session
packages are available in Plaza Level Priority Seating for $300
per person or Balcony Level Priority Seating for $150 per person
and include tickets for the warm-up competition on Wednesday evening;
the first leg, the speed class, of the World Cup on Thursday evening;
the second leg, a time-first jump-off, on Friday evening; the Grand
Prix of Las Vegas on Saturday afternoon; and the third and exciting
two-round leg of the World Cup on Sunday afternoon, after which
the new World Cup champion will be crowned.
VIP Packages are also available for $1,000 and include one premier
All-Session seat, access to the private VIP hospitality area complete
with complimentary deluxe food/beverage each day, and preferred
those wanting to sample one or more of the sessions, daily individual
tickets for each of the five days of competition can be purchased
for $10 to $85 depending on the seating and the session.
Vegas Events, Inc., organizer of the Budweiser World Cup, is a private,
not-for-profit corporation whose charge is to bring special events
to Las Vegas to support Southern Nevadas tourism efforts and
increase economic impact. In its 21-year history, Las Vegas Events
has produced, presented, or supported more than 203 events including
the National Finals Rodeo, NASCAR Winston Cup racing, Motocross
racing, the Mountain West Conference Basketball Tournament, the
Miss Universe Pageant, the Harley-Davidson Mile and a Half Tour,
the CineVegas International Film Festival, the World Aerobic Championships
and many others.
Budweiser World Cup 2003 information, or to purchase tickets, please
or call (702) 260-8605 or toll free at (866) 388-3267.