Omaha, Nebraska - December 15, 2017 - The International Omaha, site of the highly acclaimed 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals and the Midwest's premier equestrian event, is offering superior vendor opportunities for its sixth annual event when it returns to the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, April 12-15, 2018.
Offering nearly $400,000 in prize money, the world-class jumping and dressage competition has expanded to four days and has doubled the size of the vendor area, offering an unparalleled experience for both vendors and spectators as the International Omaha Boutique Shopping Village is located in the center of the action!
"The International Omaha Boutique Shopping Village offers vendors opportunities like no other equestrian competition in North America," said Lisa Roskens, chairman of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF), producer of the event. "With premier booths located right around the Warm-Up Arena, visitors can shop nonstop while watching the top caliber horses and riders prepare for competition!"
Among the vendors that have already signed up for the 2018 International Omaha are jewelers such as Jewelry To Go, Ronald Ravan Designs and TraceWear. Horse product vendors include Browbands with Bling, CWD, Dechra, Der-Dau, Devoucoux, Nelson Manufacturing, RevitaVet Therapy Systems and Triple Crown and apparel vendors include Ariat, In The Stirrup and The Dehner Company. Others include Bows by Lisa Luann, Bravo Handbags, M&E Sales, Nature's Wonder, Nebraska Lottery, P&M Harmony LLC, and Tandy Leather.
"Ariat is proud and excited to be back to support International Omaha," said Susan Alcala of Ariat. "The execution of the World Cup Finals was very impressive and everyone involved at our end took notice of the professionalism, creativity and care that went into making it a world-class event. With OEF's commitment to that same level of horse show in 2018, we feel confident that this year's International Omaha will be a huge success! Ariat is involved in many horse shows globally, and the World Cup Finals in Omaha was as good or better than any we have experienced and we're looking forward to being back in Omaha in April!"
The 2018 International Omaha will feature 200 jumping and 40 dressage competitors. Top show jumping competitions include the $130,000 Omaha Grand Prix and the $100,000 Final of the inaugural InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series, a series that was launched this season by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation. Spectators will also have the opportunity to watch legendary rider, trainer, and clinician, George Morris, give a modified clinic as part of the Jumping Showcase in the main arena, instructing some of the Midwest's best young equitation riders. In addition to the ticketed Jumping Showcase, Morris will also conduct demonstrations in the Demonstration Arena that will be free to the public.
The dressage part of the show will feature the inaugural $45,000 Omaha Dressage Team Challenge where teams of three competitors - including Grand Prix, Young Riders, and Para Riders - will compete in one round of technical tests before competing in the culminating International Omaha Team Dressage Challenge Final, the popular Musical Freestyle competition. The Dressage Showcase will feature Olympic dressage team Gold Medalist Hubertus Schmidt of Germany who will conduct a clinic in the main arena. The highly acclaimed rider, trainer and coach has been described as one of the most prolific trainers in the world, training dozens of horses to Grand Prix level.
Featuring the Tailgate Lounge and food service area, the Boutique Shopping Village encourages shoppers to shop, eat, and then shop some more as they peruse the boutiques and shops while watching the competitors warm up for show. After the competition, the party continues until 11:00 p.m. nightly, with local bands keeping the crowds hopping as shoppers enjoy extended hours at the vendor booths. The VIP Lounge and Patio will also over-look the Warm-Up Arena, another new feature for the 2018 event.
2018 International Omaha Vendor Features
International Omaha has expanded from a two-day event in 2016 to a four-day event in 2018
Vendor area has doubled in size from 2016, with the same layout as 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals
Unique in North America, the vendor and warm-up area are centralized together
Vendor Lounge will have coffee, water and light snacks throughout the day and will provide a comfortable place to sit and to connect
The VIP Lounge and Patio is located in the heart of the Exhibition Hall, giving the elite guests greater access to the vendor booths for the high-end purchases in the Boutique Shopping Village
Beer Garden featuring a Stella Artois Trailer is returning for the third year - another unique feature as there are only 4 in the country!
Live band each night
Stall numbers have been increased by 50% from 2016
6 ticketed events in Jumping and Dressage
200 Jumping competitors and 40 Dressage competitors will vie for nearly $400,000 in prize money!
Additional free demonstrations and competitions throughout each day
The four-day 2018 International Omaha will also provide expanded educational opportunities for emerging athletes as well as young people and family fun for all ages. There will be exhibits and demonstration areas, as well as free daytime competitions featuring up-and-coming amateur and junior riders. For a complete schedule of events, please visit https://www.internationalomaha.com/schedule .
If you have questions or would like to reserve your Vendor space, please contact Marty Bauman at 508-698-6810 x10 or the Omaha Equestrian Foundation at 402-932-4124. Booth space goes fast, so get your deposit in early to secure the best location! For International Omaha Vendor information and application visit: https://www.internationalomaha.com/become-a-vendor.
The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (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.
Further information on the 2018 International Omaha is available online at www.InternationalOmaha.com.