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.
(Concours de Saut International) indicates an international show jumping competition.
The CSI is broken down into a starring system, where more competitive events with more prize money have a higher number of stars. Starring goes 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 2020 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final here in Las Vegas, NV, next April.
Competition begins on Monday, November 11th, 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!
The South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa offers a unique experience, as the arenas and barn areas are actually part of the hotel. Learn more about the hotel and its amenities here.
Book your room today! Click here to reserve your South Point room for the 2018 show, or call (866) 791-7626 for reservations.