The Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI) announced today that Omaha will host the joint Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in 2017, besting off strong challenges from Hong Kong and 's-Hertogenbosch in the Netherlands.
The World Cup will run March 27 – April 2, 2017 at CenturyLink Center.
“We have had some really fantastic bids for our major events,” FEI Secretary General Ingmar De Vost said. “It’s very exciting that Omaha, which has the full support of the local community and government, will be hosting both the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and FEI World Cup Dressage Finals in 2017. The FEI always welcomes new venues for its Championships and Finals and it’s good to see some different cities included in today’s allocation.”
Lisa Roskens, founder of the International Omaha horse jumping championships, said the Omaha Equestrian Foundation and local riding community are thrilled to bring the World Cup to Omaha.
“When we started the International several years ago our dream was to bring a world class recognized event to our city and this fulfills that dream,” Roskens said. “This will bring the greatest horses and riders from around the world to CenturyLink Center, providing area residents a chance to see incredible horse jumping competition.”
Omaha Sports Commission President Harold Cliff said Omaha’s reputation for hosting world class events was a key factor in the selection.
“The Omaha Sports Commission is proud to partner with the Equestrian Foundation on this great six-day event for our city,” Cliff said.
“As with the Olympic Swim Trials and upcoming World Volleyball Grand Prix Finals, the FEI World Cup will bring great international exposure to our city as well as significant economic benefits as riders and fans from around the world come to Omaha for the two World Cup events.”