World Cup Dressage & Jumping Finals To Las Vegas In 2020, Gothenburg, Sweden Gets 2021 Finals, 2019 Europeans To Rotterdam

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MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Nov. 19, 2016

The World Cup Finals of dressage and jumping will return to Las Vegas in 2020 when the annual championships will be staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena for the first time. Gothenburg, Sweden will host the 2021 Finals.

The 2019 European Championships in dressage, jumping and para-dressage will be held in Rotterdam, Netherlands.

The award of the championships was announced Saturday by International Equestrian Federation (FEI) Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez following a meeting of the FEI Bureau in Tokyo where the annual General Assembly is being held.

The 2020 event will be staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena April 15-19. The MGM Grand on the Las Vegas Strip is world renowned for hosting high-profile sporting events such as boxing and basketball, as well as live performances from global superstars like Celine Dion, Elton John and Britney Spears.

Las Vegas hosted jumping finals in 2000 and 2003 and dual dressage and jumping championships in 2005, 2007, 2009 and 2015, all at the Thomas & Mack Arena at the University of Nevada-Las Vegas.

The dual finals will be held for the first time in Omaha, Nebraska next March.

Gothenburg’s Scandinavium Arena, spiritual home of the World Cup jumping Final since hosting the inaugural Final in 1979, has been awarded the 2021 Finals. The event at Swedish sporting capital, which has already organized 22 World Cup Finals including joint Finals in 2013 and 2016, is scheduled for Mar. 31-April 5.

The 2021 double Finals will kick-start celebrations of Gothenburg’s 400th birthday.

Rotterdam, another city with a long-standing tradition of hosting major equestrian championships, will host the triple European Championships in dressage, jumping and para-dressage Aug. 19-25, 2019.

“We are delighted to confirm the allocation of some of our major finals and championships to major global cities like Las Vegas, Gothenburg and Rotterdam,” Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “The organizing committees for all these top events have such hands-on practical experience and understand the process, commitment and dedication involved in organizing these important fixtures on the FEI calendar. We are very grateful to all the organizers who put in bids for these key events and are extremely happy to have the opportunity to showcase our sport in major global cities.”