Horse jumping, dressage championships returning to Las Vegas

The International Equestrian Federation’s World Cup Finals in show jumping and dressage will return to Las Vegas in 2015.

Officials with the federation, the United State Equestrian Federation and Las Vegas Events announced today that the championships, which are disciplines as Olympic Games events, will be in Las Vegas for the sixth time.

The city hosted the jumping finals of the FEI World Cup in 2000 and 2003 and jumping and dressage in 2005, 2007 and 2009.

The five-day jumping and dressage events attracted an average 90,000 spectators in 2005, 2007 and 2009 and produced an estimated non-gaming economic impact of $20 million each year.

Fans from 25 countries and the United States are expected to attend.

International brands Longines and Reem Acta are sponsors for the event, assuring additional worldwide exposure.

The event will be April 15-19, 2015, at the Thomas & Mack Center.

“The FEI World Cup Finals held in Las Vegas in the last decade led to unprecedented interest in equestrian sport in the United States,” said John Long, CEO of the United States Equestrian Federation.

Previous jumping finals staged in the United States were in Baltimore in 1980, Tampa in 1989 and Del Mar, Calif., in 1992. The dressage finals were held in Los Angeles in 1995.

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