Omaha World Cup Organizers “Surprised” by Success, Plan Festival of Horse During Event

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Lisa Y. Roskens, an organizer of Omaha's successful bid to host the World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping in Omaha in 2017.
Lisa Y. Roskens, an organizer of Omaha’s successful bid to host the World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping in Omaha in 2017.

 

OMAHA, Nebraska, June 10, 2014–Organizers of Omaha’s bid to host the World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping in 2017 were “surprised” by the success of their first bid to stage the annual global individual championships of the two Olympic disciplines but are already planning a citywide festival of the horse for the event.

“We’re just ecstatic,” said Lisa Y. Roskens, board chair and CEO of the Omaha-based Burlington Capital Group, and a co-founder of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation that organized the bid.

“We put our best foot forward and left no rock unturned to give ourselves the best chance. There are so many factors that effect the decision…

“I cannot believe that all the tumblers fell into place for Omaha.”

The bid for the dual World Cups that won out over 10-time host s’-Hertogenbosch, Netherlands and first-time bidder Hong Kong has widespread support in the city of 1.2 million people with inquirites from the media, sponsors and the general public.

“The city will embrace it,” said Lisa who was instrumental in creating the International, a jumping event that brough riders from around the world and led to the World Cup bid.

Organizers focused on the strengths of Omaha–family-oriented atractions, high end resturants and a vibrant art culture that includes museums and one of the best performing arts centers in the United States.

The city’s zoo and aquarium that includes an I-Max theater is a top attraction in America.

The organizers are working to create a festival of the horse to be held during the World Cup competition, scheduled for March 27 to April 2.

Temperatures in late March typically average a high of about 60F (15C) and overnight lows about freezing (32F/0C).