A horse show is a judged exhibition of skill of horse and rider teams. Judges will either score based on percentages (the higher the better) or penalties (the lower the better). Classes and divisions are often organized by the experience level of horse or rider, difficulty of the test or the horse or rider’s age. It is one of the few sports where men and women compete equally with no particular gender advantage. The highlight events are in the show jumping discipline.
Often referred to as jumpers, this type of class measures the skill, precision, speed and connection between horse and riders as they attempt to clear a series of obstacles set over a challenging course. Lowering the height of a jump, going over the allotted time allowed or refusals at a jump add penalties.
Horse and rider combinations that jump the first round clean - meaning no faults - return for a jump-off. Speed plays a role here as the entry with fastest time and fewest penalties wins the class.
The international show jumping governing body, Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), uses codes to signify the level of the class. CSI (Concours de Saut International) indicates an international show jumping competition.
(Pronounced four-star) The number following CSI indicated the level of an event, which range from 1* to 5*.
The letter at the end of the ranking indicates a special aspect of the event. In this instance, the ‘W’ indicated ‘World Cup’. The Las Vegas National is one of 14 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Qualifying events in North America. The top 16 placing riders in the qualifying class gain points in their league, with a goal to earn an invite to the coveted 2019 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final in Göteborg, Sweden, next April.
The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final returns to Las Vegas in 2020.
Competition begins on Tuesday, November 12th, 2019, and continues through Sunday, November 17th.
Admission to the arena is free each day and each evening, except for Saturday evening (see detailed information below).
VIP Club and Seating are available on Thursday and Saturday evenings. More information will be available in the months preceding the show.
Yes! Kids, families and groups are welcome.
And ages 10 & under are free on Saturday evening. They will love the events on the concourse and the entertainment in the arena!