Blog #3 – March 2022
Field Set for 2022 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Finals
Omaha Up Next After this Year's Finals in Leipzig
The qualifying competitions for this year’s FEI Dressage World Cup™ Finals have been completed and the list of riders who earned the right to compete in the Finals in Leipzig, Germany includes some of the sport’s biggest names in addition to some newcomers.
The 2022 Finals in Leipzig, April 6-10, will start the one-year countdown for the Finals’ return to Omaha, April 4-8, 2023. We’re getting closer so mark the dates on your calendar and make your plans now to attend!
Earning the trip to Leipzig from North America are four-time Olympic veteran Ashley Holzer, formerly of Canada and now riding for the U.S., and first-time qualifier Anna Buffini of San Diego. Holzer earned the trip on Havanna 145 while Buffini qualified on her 15-year-old, Hanoverian mare FRH Davinia La Douce.
In all, 18 riders will compete in the Dressage World Cup™ Final with a maximum of three riders allowed from any one country. Western Europe is allocated nine riders, Central Europe gets two, North America two, Pacific one, one non-league rider, plus an extra rider based on world rankings, one from the home country and an automatic bid to the defending champion – Isabell Werth of Germany, who won the title on Weihegold OLD in Omaha in 2017 and then again in 2018 and 2019 before the Finals were canceled the last two years because of COVID.
Joining Buffini in earning a first-time trip to the Finals is Juan Matute Guimon of Spain. A week before he solidified his spot, he explained what riding in the Finals would mean to him.
Get ready for April 4-8, 2023 when the FEI World Cup™ Finals return to Omaha! In addition to the Finals for Dressage, the World Cup Finals at the CHI Health Center Omaha will also host the Finals for Jumping and Vaulting, marking the first time ever that the FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Finals are being held in North America!
I invite all of you to make your plans now to be in Omaha when the Finals return. The best way for you to reserve your spot and assure yourself the best experience possible is to join Omaha’s World Cup Club. You’ll become part of a special ticket Pre-Sale this coming April and guarantee that you’re among the first to get access to the best tickets along with lots of other World Cup Club benefits.
Go to www.OmahaEquestrian.org to learn more!