Win a Free Trip to the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals in Las Vegas!
Las Vegas, NV — A free trip for two to the 2007 Rolex FEI World CupTM Finals in Las Vegas will be awarded to one lucky winner of a contest being offered through the Finals’ producer Las Vegas Events, Inc., the equestrian website EquiSearch.com and Animal Planet, the cable television network that will broadcast coverage of the World Cup Finals.
The Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals in both jumping and dressage return to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, April 18-22. In 2005, the Jumping and Dressage Finals were held in the same location simultaneously for the first time in history and the record-breaking success of those dual Finals prompted the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) to bring them back to Las Vegas again this year.
“Interest in this year’s FEI World Cup Finals is at an all-time high, and we are selling tickets at an unbelievable rate,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, Inc. “While there are tickets still available, we are assured of having record crowds and we are grateful to EquiSearch.com and Animal Planet for their efforts on behalf of the World Cup.”
The contest prize package includes roundtrip airfare for two, a hotel room and tickets to both the Jumping and Dressage Finals. The contest is open to anyone age 21 or older and entry is available on-line at www.worldcupsweepstakes.com. The contest ends on March 22.
Animal Planet will broadcast highlights from the World Cup’s finals on Saturday, May 12 from 9-10:30 p.m. EDT. Both jumping and dressage will be included. Re-broadcasts of the original primetime program will be aired on Sunday, May 13 at 2:00 p.m. and Saturday, May 19 at 2:00 p.m. The broadcasts will be produced by Carr-Hughes Productions.
Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup Jumping Final is an annual international showdown among the world’s best show jumping horses and riders. The 2007 event will mark the seventh FEI World Cup Jumping Final to be held in the United States, following Finals in Baltimore in 1980, Tampa, FL in 1989, Del Mar, CA in 1992 and the three in Las Vegas in 2000, 2003 and 2005. In the 28 finals held through 2006, United States riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship seven times.
First held in 1986, the FEI World Cup Dressage Final has been held in the U.S. only twice, in 1995 in Los Angeles and 2005 in Las Vegas. The Netherlands has dominated the competition, winning seven times, followed by Germany with six. The United States won its first title in 2003 when Debbie McDonald rode Brentina to the Championship. Brentina is owned by Parry and Peggy Thomas of Las Vegas, for whom the Thomas & Mack Center, the venue for the World Cup Finals, is named.
Las Vegas Events, Inc. (LVE), producer of 2000, 2003, 2005, and 2007 FEI World Cup Finals, was founded in 1983. LVE has grown with Las Vegas as the city has emerged as one of the world’s top special event and resort destinations. A private, not-for-profit organization, LVE is funded by hotel room tax and serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 200 events, which have driven more than 2.8 million visitors to the area, resulting in a non-economic impact of more than $1.4 billion.
EquiSearch.com, owned and operated by PRIMEDIA Equine Group, is the horse industry’s leading content website.
Further information on the 2007 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Dressage Finals, including how to order tickets, is available on-line at the official Las Vegas World Cup website at www.worldcuplasvegas.com.