Race to Las Vegas Heats Up for U.S. Show Jumping Riders
Las Vegas, NVOctober 31, 2002The hotly contested race
to ride at the Budweiser World Cup 2003 in Las Vegas is heating
up for U.S. Show Jumping riders. In the East Coast standings, Norman
Dello Joio of Wellington, FL leads the way, and on the West Coast,
Misti Cassar of Hidden Valley, CA, and Richard Spooner of Glendale,
CA, are tied for the top spot.
After four Budweiser World Cup qualifying classes in the U.S. East
Coast League, Dello Joio sits on top of the standings with a total
of 50 points, 35 of which were earned while he was competing in
Europe. Dello Joio had a big boost in the standings when he won
the World Cup qualifier at Oslo, Norway in mid-October.
is a former World Cup Champion, having won the 1983 Final in Vienna.
McLain Ward of Brewster, NY sits in second place in the East Coast
standings with 48 points. He placed second in the $100,000 Presidents
Cup Grand Prix at the Washington International Horse Show in Washington,
D.C. on October 27 after placing eighth in the Budweiser Grand Prix
de Penn National at the Pennsylvania National Horse Show in Harrisburg,
Fargis of Middleburg, VA is third in the standings with 46 points.
Fargis did well at all four of the U.S. qualifying events that took
place in the fall at the Hampton Classic Horse Show, American
Gold Cup, Pennsylvania National Horse Show and the Washington International
Patton Madden of Cazenovia, NY made the biggest leap in the standings
after she had back-to-back wins at the two Show Jumping World Cup
qualifiers held in October. On October 19, Madden won the $60,000
Budweiser Grand Prix De Penn National at the
National Horse Show. The following weekend she went on to win the
$100,000 Presidents Cup Grand Prix at the Washington International
Horse Show to give her a total of 42 points, which ties her with
Margie Goldstein Engle of Wellington, FL, for fourth place. Engle
previously sat in first place after winning the first World Cup
qualifying class, the $150,000 Prudential Financial Grand Prix at
the Hampton Classic Horse Show. Five more qualifying events will
follow between now and March in the USA East Coast League.
separate league for USA West Coast riders began on August 31 with
the $40,000 Grand Prix of Showpark in Del Mar, CA. Misty Cassar
won that class and earned herself 20 points and the top spot on
the West Coast leader board after one qualifier. Since then, Cassar
has competed at both San Juan Capistrano and Los Angeles, earning
10 points at each show. Spooner gained 20 points after he placed
first in the $25,000 World Cup Qualifying Class at the Oaks Blenheim
Fall Classic in San Juan Capistrano, CA on September 13 and then
earned 10 points in the $40,000 Grand Prix of Showpark in Del Mar,
CA. Spooner and Cassar each earned 10 points as part of a 5-way
tie at the $35,000 Los Angeles International Grand Prix in Los Angeles,
CA on September 21. Six qualifying classes remain in the USA West
the upcoming months, the United Statess best riders will battle
for the right to represent their country at the Budweiser World
Cup Final, which will be held at the Thomas and Mack Center in Las
Vegas, NV, April 16-20, 2003.
qualifying season promises months of continuing fierce competition
among U.S. riders who hope to earn the right to represent the U.S.
against some of the worlds strongest competitors amidst the
glitz and glamour of the city of Las Vegas. Riders compete in 12
leagues around the world, all hoping to earn the right to come to
Las Vegas for the chance to win the coveted World Cup Championship.
United States, having won seven World Cup Finals, has won more World
Cup Championships than any other country. After the United States,
Austria has captured the most wins at the World Cup Final winning
four. Great Britain, Canada, and Brazil each have won three titles
in World Cup Final competition.
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 five days starting with a
warm-up class on Wednesday afternoon, April 16. Thursday evening,
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 stars 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 riders
who are granted the privilege of returning for the second course.
The rider with the fewest faults emerges as the new World Cup Champion.
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
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tickets for the five days of competition range from $10 to $85 depending
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