Peter Wylde Invited to Compete at Budweiser World Cup
Vegas, NVMarch 14, 2003American show jumper Peter Wylde,
individual Bronze Medalist in the Show Jumping World Championships
at the 2002 World Equestrian Games (WEG), has been granted a Wild
Card spot to compete in the 2003 Budweiser World Cup Final, April
16-20 at the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, NV.
he competed at WEG in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain last September,
Wylde became the first U.S. show jumping rider to qualify for the
Final Four since 1990 (Greg Best and Gem Twist). He
went on to win the individual Bronze Medal aboard Fein Cera, who
was also named Best Horse of the World Championships.
very excited! This is going to be a real treat for show jumping
fans, said Robert Maxey, Budweiser World Cup Committee Chairman.
Theyll be able to watch Peter Wylde compete against
the worlds best just like he did last September in Jerez.
will be Wyldes first U.S. appearance since winning the Bronze
at WEG. He also won double Silver Medals (individual and team) at
the 1999 Pan American Games.
addition to Wylde, the U.S. will have 13 other riders competing
at the World Cup Final the top eight riders from the East
Coast League and the top four from the West Coast plus Robert
Chelberg, an American living in Prague who qualified from the Central
Budweiser World Cup Final, started in 1979, is an annual showdown
among the top show jumping riders in the world, as they compete
for the prestigious title of World Cup Champion. This 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). The excitement of international show jumping competition
amid the bright lights, theatrical shows, fine dining, and shopping
found in Las Vegas promises a grand time for all.
2003 Budweiser World Cup competition takes place over three days
with warm-up classes on Wednesday, April 16. Thursday, April 17,
kicks off the main event with the first leg of the World Cup Final,
a heart-stopping speed class run under Table C specificationswith
faults converted into penalty seconds. Riders go all out in the
speed class, knowing that in order to have a chance at a top placing
in the Final standings they need to produce a slick, fast ride.
second leg of the Final takes place the following evening, Friday,
April 18. This leg features a lengthy and grueling first-round course
followed by a jump-off round where competitors again show their
mastery of the speed format.
April 19, is a day off from World Cup competition, but not from
top show jumping action as the prestigious Grand Prix of Las Vegas
takes place in the afternoon. Some riders bring multiple mounts
to the Final and use a second horse in the Grand Prix, which also
features World Cup horses not going in Sundays last leg. So
once again, spectators have a chance to watch a class filled with
the national and international legends of the sport.
grand finale of the weekend is Sunday afternoon, April 20: the final
leg of the Budweiser World Cup Final, a challenging two-round class
run under Table A with a jump-off if needed to break a tie for first
place. The field of starters is winnowed down to only the top twenty
riders who are granted the privilege of returning for the second
course. The rider with the fewest faults emerges as the new World
Budweiser World Cup promises to be an exciting display of stamina,
athleticism, speed, and skill from each horse and rider. For the
spectator, it takes nerves of steel and a ticket.
variety of ticket packages for all price ranges and interest levels
are now available for purchase. All-Session Plaza Level Priority
seating is available for $300 per person. All-Session Balcony Level
Priority seating is available for $150 per person. VIP Packages
are 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 parking.
individual tickets for the five days of competition range from $10
to $85 depending on the session and seat location.
order tickets or for more information on the excitement of the 2003
Budweiser World Cup Final, please visit www.worldcuplasvegas.com
or call (702) 260-8605 or toll-free (866) 388-3267.