|By: Omaha Equestrian Foundation Team
You can’t have a stellar jumping competition without a course for the horse and rider to follow. So, where do you start?
The course designer is an integral part of the team. The course for the LONGINES FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final 2023 will be designed by Bernardo Costa Cabral of Portugal. Cabral has a long history of successful design and has been involved in a large number of international events, including two Olympic games. Furthermore, he has been the course designer at the annual International Omaha. His experience with high-profile events and knowledge of the venue make him the ideal candidate.
An experienced designer, like Bernardo, knows they must consider the track of the course, the placement of the fences, the distance between the fences, the type of jumps and how all these ingredients work together1. These functions are what ultimately create a good course design. A designer is responsible for creating a fair but challenging course, all while make it visually compelling for the audience.