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 13th, and continues through Sunday, November 18th. The full show schedule can be found here.
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. For more VIP information, please visit https://thelasvegasnational.com/vip.
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!
The Box Office opens at 4pm and the doors open at 5pm. General admission tickets are $20 per person, children 10 & under are free. Pre-show entertainment includes a magician, juggler, caricature artist, face painter, photo booth, food fare and shopping!
Opening ceremonies for the highlight equestrian event, the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas, presented by Walter Oil & Gas, begin at 7:30pm. A Parade of Nations will kick off the night, followed by a performance by Ki-Juan Minors, winner of American Equestrians Got Talent. There will also be an autograph signing event in the foyer after the presentation and victory gallop. Purchase tickets through the South Point Ticket Account Manager, via Ticketmaster.
Yes! From Olympians and previous Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ competitors, some of the top riders in the sport both nationally and internationally will be in Las Vegas in November.
Along with prize money at stake, the $135,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Las Vegas, presented by Walter Oil & Gas, is one of the fourteen legs of the North American League Tour, where riders can earn points toward an invitation to the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in Göteborg, Sweden in April 2019.
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