Its Official- The Race to the 2003 Budweiser
Show Jumping World Cup Final Has Begun for Riders Around the World
Vegas, NVAugust 8, 2002 The race to Las Vegas has started!
Some of the worlds best show jumpers have already begun vying
for the right to represent their countries at the Budweiser Show
Jumping World Cup Final to be held at the Thomas and Mack Center
in Las Vegas, NV, April 16-20, 2003.
qualifying season for the 25th Annual Show Jumping World Cup is
well underway in Canada and competition is getting fierce in the
Canadian League as the final Canadian World Cup Qualifier draws
nearer. Currently, Victoria, British Columbia-native, Karen Cudmore
and Conejo occupy the top position in the standings with 54 points.
Kudmores win in the $60,000 Quebec City Air Canada Jazz World
Cup Qualifier, held June 30, gave her the initial lead in the series.
After that win Kudmore went on to win the $60,000 Blainville, Quebec
World Cup Qualifier, July 7.
two wins have given her a substantial lead over Ainsley Vince, of
Milton, Ontario, and Catch 22, who currently sit in second place
with a total of 30 points. Vince took over the second place position
after her performance in the $60,000 Blainville, Quebec World Cup
Qualifier where she collected 13 points. Former World Cup Champion,
Mario Deslauriers, of Bromont, Quebec, and Big Sir fell from second
place to third place but trail close behind with a total of 28 points.
World Cup Qualifiers will make one more stop on the Canadian Circuit
in Caledon before the final qualifier at Torontos Royal Horse
Show in November. At the end of the qualifying season, the top two
Canadian riders will be invited to join some of the worlds
other best show-jumpers at the Budweiser World Cup Final in Las
the Canadians qualifying season is well underway, riders in
the United States and Europe will begin their qualifying season
this fall. September begins the qualifying season in the U.S, which
will continue through March. Riders from both the East and West
Coast Leagues will be chosen to compete amid the glitz and glamour
of Las Vegas for the World Cup Championship.
in 1979, the World Cup Final 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.
World Cup competition takes place over three days with a warm up
class on Wednesday evening, 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
variety of ticket packages for all price ranges and interest levels
is 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. Daily individual
tickets for the five days of competition range from $10 to $85 depending
on the seating and the session.
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.