Omaha, Nebraska, March 1, 2018 – Single session tickets are on sale for both jumping and dressage at the four-day International Omaha equestrian event at Omaha’s CenturyLink Center on April 12-15, 2018. This year’s expo has been expanded to four days, and includes high performance competition in both Olympic disciplines, plus showcases with legendary horsemen George Morris and Hubertus Schmidt, as well as exhibits, hands-on learning, live demonstrations, shopping and entertainment.
“It is the Great Equestrian Get-Together in the Midwest,” said Mike West, CEO of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation. “The International Omaha has become the premier equestrian event in the area, where enthusiasts enjoy a first-class sporting event combined with a total expo and tailgate experience.”
West said this year’s International Omaha builds on the success of last year’s FEI World Cup Finals, a pinnacle sporting event that drew visitors to Omaha from around the world.
Two new events highlight this year’s International Omaha. The $100,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series Final created by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation features riders who have qualified in four regional events. Some of the best jumper riders from ten states and Canada qualified to ride in Omaha at HITS Balmoral in Chicago, the American Royal in Kansas City, the St. Louis Horse Show and the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Among those qualifying are home town favorites Karen and Brooke Cudmore, a mother-daughter duo from Bennington, Nebraska.
Dressage enthusiasts will enjoy the new Dressage Team Challenge, in which Grand Prix riders form teams with junior, amateur and para equestrians. Again, riders had to qualify for the event at recognized dressage competitions throughout the country. Finals of the team competition will be the popular Musical Freestyle.
Legendary rider, trainer, coach and author George Morris will present the Jumping Showcase with three of the Midwest’s top equitation riders, while Olympic Gold medalist Hubertus Schmidt will highlight the Dressage Showcase with top dressage riders. Both of these icons will also present demonstrations in the expo area.
The finale of the four-day International Omaha is the $130,000 International Omaha Grand Prix on Sunday, April 15. Former winners and fellow Texans Christian Heineking and Matt Cyphert will be in Omaha to compete with a number of talented Grand Prix competitors making their mark in the sport throughout the country. Heineking rode in last year’s World Cup competition.
“The International Omaha offers high performance riders from Texas to Canada and Denver to Indiana a chance to compete in the Midwest, rather than having to go to the coasts,” said Lisa Roskens, founder of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation.
All-session dressage tickets include the Dressage Team Challenge Grand Prix on Thursday, April 12, the Dressage Showcase on Friday, April 13 and the Dressage Team Challenge Freestyle on Saturday, April 14. All-session jumping tickets include the $100,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Final on Friday, April 13, the Jumping Showcase on Saturday, April 14 and the $130,000 International Omaha Grand Prix on Sunday, April 15.
Individual single-session tickets start at $12.50 and go to $30. Best value all-session tickets to jumping or dressage events are $75 each. VIP Packages can be reserved by calling 402 930 3079 or at contactOEF@omahaequestrian.com. Tickets and complete schedule are available through the International Omaha website, https://www.internationalomaha.com/tickets or TicketMaster outlets.