All of the dressage horses and all but one of the jumping horses for this week’s FEI World Cup finals in Las Vegas have passed the first horse inspection.
The initial trot-up of the horses took place on Tuesday morning in the main arena at the Thomas & Mack Center.
All eighteen dressage horses set to compete in the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final passed inspection including Valegro, the ride of Great Britain’s Charlotte Dujardin, who is looking to reclaim the World Cup title they won last year’s Final in Lyon, France. There was one tense moment when Spanish rider Morgan Barbancon Mestre’s horse Painted Black got excited and broke loose, knocking his rider over. It took a few minutes for officials to catch the black stallion in the arena, but no one was injured in the incident.
The two former champions who will be looking to reclaim their title include Edward Gal of The Netherlands who claimed victory in 2010, and US rider Steffen Peters who won the title in 2009 – the last time the FEI World Cup Finals were held in Las Vegas. Riders from nine countries will be represented at the Reem Acra FEI World Cup Dressage Final and include Denmark, Finland, Germany, Great Britain, The Netherlands, Russia, Spain, Sweden and the USA.
The inspection for the jumping horses due to compete at the 2015 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final took place in the afternoon. Reigning champion Cornet d’Amour passed inspection without issue and will be looking to reclaim the title with his rider Daniel Deusser of Germany. Of all 57 horses that were presented, only US rider Will Simpson’s horse, The Dude, was held for re-inspection on Wednesday.
Riders from 19 countries will be competing for the coveted Longines FEI World Cup Jumping trophy, and include three-time World Cup champion Marcus Ehning of Germany (2010, 2006, 2003) , as well as US riders Rich Fellers who was crowned Champion in 2012, and Beezie Madden who claimed victory in 2013. The countries represented include: Australia, Belgium, Brazil, Canada, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Mexico, The Netherlands, Norway, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, Switzerland, Sweden and USA.
The Dressage Final includes Thursday afternoon’s Grand Prix and Saturday afternoon’s Grand Prix Freestyle as well as the Las Vegas Dressage Showcase on Friday.
The Jumping Final includes Thursday evening’s one-round speed class, Friday evening’s jump-off class and Sunday afternoon’s two-round Final, as well as Saturday evening’s $75,000 Canadian Pacific Grand Prix of Las Vegas.