Omaha, Nebraska, October 7, 2017 - The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF), host of the highly acclaimed FEI World Cup™ Finals in dressage and jumping last March, offers a new team challenge for dressage riders at its International Omaha, 2018 event April 12-15, 2018 in Omaha.
"The Team Challenge will provide NextGen and amateurs, as well as seniors, juniors, young riders and para riders in Grade 3/4/5 a valuable team building opportunity that will strengthen the North American dressage community," said Thomas Baur, Director of Dressage for the International Omaha 2018. "Seniors and professionals will be able to bring students and compete together with them at the International Omaha," he said, adding that "a minimum of at least one team rider in a Youth division is mandatory on each team, with riders starting in their own division."
Missy Fladland competing at the International Omaha
"Eight teams with three riders will qualify," continued Baur. "Team members can be Senior, Youth, Amateur or Para Equestrian riders from North America, or riders permanently domiciled in North America with a USEF or EC license. Seven teams may qualify at different CDIs/CPEDIs in North America."
The qualification period starts at January 1 and ends on April 8, 2018. It may include the CDIs/CPEDIs in California (Temecula, Del Mar, Burbank and Rancho Murietta) as well as the CDIs/CPEDIs in Florida (Wellington). One Wild Card team for riders from Regions 2,4, and 5 will qualify by application to the International Omaha organizing committee.
At the CDIs offered as qualifying events, a team has to declare before the jog that they will form a team to try to qualify for the Final in Omaha. Qualifying events include the CDI3*/CPEDI3* in Tryon, North Carolina and the CPEDI3* in Wellington, Florida (combined with CDI-W Wellington Week 1 and 2). Additional qualifying events are at Saugerties, New York and in Burbank and San Juan Capistrano in California.
In both qualifiers and the Final, the two best scores of the first technical test and the two best scores of the Freestyle test will count. In total, four scores out of the six tests will count, Baur explained. The highest score of a Youth rider will break any ties for a qualification slot and any ties for the first three places at the Final.
These classes will determine qualification for the International Omaha Team Challenge - Seniors (Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyle), Seniors, Amateurs and Youth (Intermediate 1 and Intermediate Freestyle); U25 (Grand Prix U25 and Grand Prix Freestyle); Young Riders (YR Individual Test and YR Freestyle); Junior Riders (JR Individual Test and JR Freestyle); Para Riders (Grade 3/4/5}.
Each qualifying team will automatically receive $3,000 upon arrival at the International Omaha in April. In addition, $45,000 in prize money is offered at the Final, with $12,000 going to the winning team.
"After the FEI World Cup™ we were praised for raising the bar on how our sport is presented in North America," said Lisa Roskens, Founder of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation. "We are committed to bring high performance equestrian sport into the mainstream by offering innovative competition such as the Dressage Team Challenge. The Team Challenge will not only be fun for spectators, but will offer new opportunities for dressage riders as OEF strives to develop Omaha into a hub of the sport horse industry."
The International Omaha 2018 will again be held at the popular World Cup™ venue, the CenturyLink Center. Located just ten minutes from the airport on Omaha's riverfront, the International will again feature outstanding high performance jumping and dressage competition in a festive atmosphere that combines stabling, warm-up and competition arenas, demonstrations, special exhibits, educational areas and a wide array of shopping, dining and entertainment opportunities, all under one roof. With hotels and a vibrant downtown nearby, Omaha earned high praise from World Cup visitors.
VIP packages, including ringside tables and a VIP lounge overlooking the warmup arena adjacent to dining areas, are available, as are special ticket packages for both single and all-session ticketed events.
For further information or to reserve VIP seats, please call 402-930-3079 or email ContactOEF@OmahaEquestrian.com. Further information on the 2018 International Omaha is available on line at www.InternationalOmaha.com.
The OEF, a certified 501(c)(3) not-for-profit foundation, has been committed to building a world-class equestrian experience in Omaha over the past several years. It created and developed The International Omaha, an internationally sanctioned equestrian show jumping and dressage experience now going into its sixth year. The successful growth of that event helped secure the OEF's bid to host the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals.