Omaha, Nebraska – May 06, 2022 – Exciting equestrian Jumping and Vaulting competition highlighted the 2022 International Omaha Presented by Burlington Capital, May 5-8 at CHI Health Center Omaha. The event started the countdown for next year’s FEI World Cup™ Finals which will be held April 4-8, 2023 in Omaha, site of the highly-acclaimed 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals.
Produced by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, theInternational Omaha Presented by Burlington Capital is not your ordinary horse show. Located in the heart of downtown Omaha, everything is under one roof – stabling, warm-up, competition arena, educational and exhibit area, demonstrations, dining venues, and shopping expo. The event gives riders, visitors, and volunteers from nearly 40 states and multiple countries a chance to see and meet some of the world’s finest equestrian athletes, who compete for over $250,000 in prize money.
In Friday evening’s $75,000 1.45m InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Challenge, Nicolas Gamboa (COL) rode his mount, NKH Mr. Darcy to the win, narrowly edging out Jacqui Ruyle (USA). Ruyle led for most of the class on San Chano but settled for second while also finishing fifth on Cyramo Z. Following the class, the top 10 finishers drew the names of partner charities to receive donations from the Omaha Equestrian Foundation with a total of $5,500 being awarded.
“I actually watched Jacqui go on that horse,” Gamboa said. “I thought she rode it textbook and I knew I had to really go for it if I wanted to beat her time. Mr. Darcy was game right from the moment we walked in the ring. He did everything I asked and I just stayed out of his way and he gave me the win today.”
Following pandemic-induced cancelations in 2020 and 2021, International Omaha returned this year to rave reviews and a heightened sense of anticipation for next year’s World Cup Finals. “It was so great to be back after missing two years,” said Lisa Roskens, CEO of Burlington Capital and Chairman of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation. “As we prepare to welcome the world again next year with the return of the FEI World Cup™ Finals, we already feel the excitement here in Omaha and all across the equestrian sports world. It was good to have our team back in action and to hear all the positive feedback from athletes and everyone else involved!”
The 2023 FEI World Cup™ Finals, April 4-8 at CHI Health Center Omaha, will feature the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final, FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final and FEI Vaulting World Cup™ Final. All-Session tickets are available now via Ticketmaster.com.
About the Omaha Equestrian Foundation
The Omaha Equestrian Foundation is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization that strives to bring equestrian sport into the mainstream by changing the way it is presented and to develop Omaha into a hub of the sport horse industry, attracting and developing championship competitions as both educational and economic development opportunities for the community.
For more information about the 2022 International Omaha Presented by Burlington Capital, visit OmahaEquestrian.org.
Source: Press Release by Marty Bauman for Omaha Equestrian Foundation
Photo: © Alison Hartwell