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Omaha Equestrian Foundation Announces Qualified Riders and Wild Cards for Second Annual InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series Final

February 7, 2019

Omaha, Nebraska – (February 7, 2019) – The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) is delighted to announce the list of qualified riders and Wild Cards who will compete in the thrilling $100,000 Init2Winit Speed Jumping Final on Friday April 5. The second annual event will be held during the 2019 Burlington Capital International Omaha, April 4-7 at the CHI Center Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska.

 

Designed to give riders from the Midwest more opportunities to compete while staying in the region, the OEF’s InIt2Winit Speed Jumping Series is a series of 1.40-meter speed jumping qualifiers held at four Midwestern cities and is sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). To add to the excitement of the Final, each qualifier host receives one Wild Card pick and OEF receives six. Below are the Wild Card picks.  

 

 

Wild Card riders who have been invited to compete include:

 

  • Great Southwest Fall Classic: Frankie Owens

  • American Royal: Christian Heineking

  • St. Louis Hunter Jumper Show: Breezy Sambola

  • National Western Stock Show: Sydney Luzika

 

OEF Wild Card invited riders:

  • Daniel Bedoya

  • Matt Cyphert

  • Laura Chapot

  • Michael Burnett

  • Liz Adkins

  • Phillip Flynn

 Christian Heineking won the $100,000

InIt2WinIt Final last year (c) Lili Weik

 

In addition, OEF is excited to announce one more opportunity for riders to qualify for the Final through the “Wildcard Welcome” class to be held on Thursday April 4 during International Omaha. The event will be a 1.40m speed jumping class with a prize of $7,500. The top 3 placing horse and rider combinations will be allowed entry into the $100,000 Init2Winit Speed Jumping Final the following day. If a top three placing horse has already qualified for the Final, the next horse in order with qualify. Riders/Owners are expected to pay the $700 entry fee into the Final.  

 

 

Qualified Riders

This season’s qualifying events were held from September 2018 through January 2019 at shows including the Great Southwest Fall Classic in Katy, Texas; American Royal in Kansas City, Missouri; Queenie Productions St. Louis Hunter Jumper in St. Louis, Missouri; and National Western Stock Show in Denver, Colorado.

 

 

Great Southwest Fall Classic

  1. Erin Davis-Heineking and Leonie

  2. Mathis Schwentker and Chaccrobat

  3. Luis Marques and Conquistador

  4. Trapp O'Neal and Dollar Cash

  5. Trapp O'Neal and Tiramisu

  6. Abigail Evans and Donnafee 

 

American Royal

  1. Hunter Holloway and Lucky Strike 

  2. Mathis Schwentker and NKH Carrido

  3. Hunter Holloway and VDL Bravos 

  4. Genevieve Munson and Stillwater 

  5. Mathis Schwentker and NKH Caruso 

  6. Jaelynn Downing and Vigo Du Levant 

  7. Karen Cumore and Southern Pride 

 

Lake St. Louis Hunter Jumper Show

  1. Shannon Hicks and Clearwater

  2. Lisa Goldman and Sovereign 

  3. Lisa Goldman and Hindsight 

  4. Eric Martin and Cameleon 

  5. Shannon Hicks and Emir D 

  6. Doug Boyd and Berkley III 

  7. Sarah Meier and Chanel

 

National Western Stock Show

  1. Kasey Ament and Qasama Du Buisson Z

  2. Kristin Hardin and Bert

  3. Susan Griffs and Deaville Van Overis Z

  4. Brooke Cudmore and Southern Rose

  5. Kristin Hardin and Eminent

  6. Charlie Carrel and Fortado 

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“We are thrilled that our InIt2Winit Series has become so popular and we are delighted with the wonderfully talented riders are coming to compete at our $100,000 Init2Winit Speed Jumping Final,” said Lisa Roskens, OEF founder and chairman. “This Final is going to make the 2019 International Omaha even more exciting!”

 

The OEF is also now seeking applications for partnering events interested in hosting a qualifying competition for the 2019-2020 season. The USEF must approve the series, including qualifying locations, in May of 2019, so all applications for next year’s Series must be received at the OEF office by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2019. They can be mailed, hand-delivered or emailed in one complete PDF document. Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by March 1, 2019. Click here for further details and Host Application.

 

Additional highlights of the 2019 Burlington Capital International Omaha include the $100,000 International Omaha Grand Prix in jumping and the $50,000 Dressage Team Challenge in which six teams compete in a Grand Prix and Freestyle. Team members can be Grand Prix, Small Tour, Amateur, Juniors, Youth, and Para. This is the first time ever that Para has been included with other divisions in a Dressage team competition, and having a Para rider on each team is mandatory. Also new for 2019, the event schedule has been expanded to include Open Jumper classes and lower level dressage classes so riders can earn qualifying scores for Regional competitions.

 

Now the Midwest’s ‘Biggest Horse Event,’ the International Omaha is not your ordinary horse show. Everything is under one roof – stabling, warm-up, competition arena, educational and exhibit area, demonstrations, dining venues, as well as fantastic shopping opportunities. Click here for a complete schedule.

 

Ticketing information including hospitality and VIP packages are available at www.internationalomaha.com.

 

Sponsorships that help support OEF’s charitable programs are still available. Please contact Mike West at mwest@omahaequestrian.com to learn more about how to get involved with the ‘Midwest’s Largest Horse Event.’

 

 

 

 

 

 

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