Las Vegas: Things to know about Jumping FEI World Cup Final
A total of 45 Jumping horses were presented at the first veterinary inspection at the Thomas & Mack Arena in Las Vegas yesterday and were passed fit to compete.
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4 riders presented two horses each - Kevin Staut (FRA), Katie Laurie (NZL), Kirsten Coe (USA) and Vinton Karrasch (USA).
Following the withdrawal of Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Alsharbatly, the starting field for the Final is reduced to 41 riders.
Course designer is America’s Anthony d’Ambrosio.
In the 37-year history of the FEI World Cup™ Jumping Finals, a total of 496 riders from 53 nations have competed.
The USA holds the record for the greatest number of riders attending the Finals, with a total of 113. The country with the next highest number is Germany with a total of 48.
British Michael Whitaker holds the record for the greatest number of attendances at the Final. He competed on 23 occasions but never won the title.
Defending champion is Germany’s Daniel Deusser (Cornet D’Amour).
There are three competitions to decide the Longines FEI World Cup 2014/2015 champion:
Competition 1 is a Speed class, with seconds added for knockdowns.
Competition 2 is one round against the clock, and one jump-off which is also against the clock. Results are then converted into points which are carried into the third and last competition.
Competition 3 is two rounds of jumping over a Grand Prix course of fences between 1.50m and 1.60m in height. The top 30 horse-and-rider combinations are eligible to compete but only 20 go through to the second round. The leading rider after the first two competitions goes last, and starts on a zero score.
… and about Dressage FEI World Cup Final
A total of 18 horses were presented at the first veterinary inspection yesterday and all were passed fit to compete.
The new champion will be crowned following the second competition, the Grand Prix Freestyle.
Defending champions are the double Olympic gold medallists and multiple world-record holders, Charlotte Dujardin and Valegro from Great Britain.
This is the 30th anniversary FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final, and the fifth time for the event to take place in the USA.
Thursday April 16: Dressage Grand Prix h.12 noon - Jumping Final 1 h. 19.00
Friday April 17: Jumping Final 2 h. 19.00
Saturday April 18: Dressage Freestyle Final h. 12 noon
Sunday April 19: Jumping Final 3 h. 12 noon.