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:
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.
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
Erin Davis-Heineking and Leonie
Mathis Schwentker and Chaccrobat
Luis Marques and Conquistador
Trapp O'Neal and Dollar Cash
Trapp O'Neal and Tiramisu
Abigail Evans and Donnafee
Hunter Holloway and Lucky Strike
Mathis Schwentker and NKH Carrido
Hunter Holloway and VDL Bravos
Genevieve Munson and Stillwater
Mathis Schwentker and NKH Caruso
Jaelynn Downing and Vigo Du Levant
Karen Cumore and Southern Pride
Lake St. Louis Hunter Jumper Show
Shannon Hicks and Clearwater
Lisa Goldman and Sovereign
Lisa Goldman and Hindsight
Eric Martin and Cameleon
Shannon Hicks and Emir D
Doug Boyd and Berkley III
Sarah Meier and Chanel
National Western Stock Show
Kasey Ament and Qasama Du Buisson Z
Kristin Hardin and Bert
Susan Griffs and Deaville Van Overis Z
Brooke Cudmore and Southern Rose
Kristin Hardin and Eminent
Charlie Carrel and Fortado
“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 firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more about how to get involved with the ‘Midwest’s Largest Horse Event.’