Daniel Bedoya and Abacadabra WKT wowed the crowd with their speed and poise to capture the first of six qualifiers for Omaha Equestrian Foundation's (OEF) 2019-2020 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series. Bedoya and the three other finalists have now qualified for the thrilling $100,000 InIt2Winit Championship which will be held during the 2020 Burlington Capital International Omaha on Friday, April 10 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, home of the highly acclaimed 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals.
Designed to give riders from the Midwest more opportunities to compete at a higher level while staying in the region, the InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series is a series of 1.40-meter speed jumping events sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF).
Held at the Great Southwest Fall Classic Horse Show near Houston in Katy, TX, the InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping course, designed by Paul Jewel, proved challenging as only a few riders produced clear rounds. Bedoya and Abacadabra WKT, owned by Monica Hanks, jumped a superb clear in the fastest time of 67.936 seconds. Omaha regular and 2016 Grand Prix winner Matt Cyphert and Lochinvar took the runner-up spot after crossing the timers in 70.777 seconds. Third place went to Mackenize Hudson aboard Ekyra Fortuna, while Julie Cleveland Beam and Lancelot took fourth place. All four riders have qualified for the thrilling $100,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series Final.
The five remaining qualifying events in the 2019-2020 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series include:
October 3: Harvest Horse Show, St. Paul, MN
October 11: American Royal, Kansas City, MO
November 15: The Las Vegas National Horse Show, Las Vegas, NV
January 17: National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO
April 3: Royal Winter Fair, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
How to Qualify
Riders qualify by placing in the top four (4) at any one of the six Qualifying Events of the Series. If any or all of the top four (4) placed riders of a Qualifying Event have already qualified, the next rider in order will qualify. A rider need not compete in all events to qualify. Qualified riders may enter up to two horses in the Championship; however, each horse must have competed in one of the six Qualifying Events of the Series. A wild card will also be awarded from each of the qualifying events, along with Wild Cards given by Omaha Equestrian.
About the Omaha Equestrian Foundation
The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF), a 501(c) 3, that hosts and educates Midwest spectators about equine sport. Omaha Equestrian hosted the acclaimed 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals in jumping and dressage and hosts the annual Burlington Capital International Omaha, a nationally sanctioned show jumping and dressage experience. Each year, International Omaha hosts students on free field trips to learn about animals, STEM and careers in the animal health industry; some 4,500 students attended in 2019.OEF created and oversees the InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series, which is designed to give riders from the Midwest more opportunities to compete at a higher level while staying in the region.
For more information about the Burlington Capital International Omaha or the Init2Winit Speed Jumping Series, please visit www.OmahaEquestrian.com.