They Are Already Guaranteed a Spot in Next Month's Omaha Finals

Laura Kraut & Nouvelle at 2015 World Cup Final
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Thursday 23 February - 15h10 | Johanna Zilberstein and press release

They Are Already Guaranteed a Spot in Next Month's Omaha Finals

While riders still have a chance to qualify for next month's World Cup Show Jumping and Dressage Finals in Omaha, Nebraska, some of the world’s best in both disciplines have already booked their ticket for the big event. Today, an update on those riders confirmed as of today for the USA Finals, as the concluding qualifiers of the season unfold. 

Show Jumping

Show Jumping - They Are Already Guaranteed a Spot in Next Month's Omaha Finals

Credit : CenturyLink Center Omaha

After 109 World Cup Grand Prix qualifiers in regional leagues across the world, 48 riders will head to the CenturyLink Center in the Midwest American City from March 27th to April 2nd as they complete their quest for the 2017 global title in their discipline. 

From the North American League, stars Kent Farrington and McLain Ward have already responded present for Omaha, as has Laura Kraut, currently 2nd in the Eastern North America sub-league. Karl Cook, the young student of French Olympian Éric Navet, will also be taking to the course for the Final. In addition, American Rich Fellers and his extraordinary Flexible — the 21-year-old chestnut stallion — are planning to make the trip. 

Canada and Mexico, which are both guaranteed two spots in the Final, will be represented respectively by Christopher Surbey and Keean White, and Enrique Gonzales and Francisco Pasquel. Egypt’s hopes will be carried by Nayel Nassar, who qualified through North America. 

From the Western European League, 18 riders will have a place in the World Cup Final, and the definitive composition of that group will be known after this weekend’s final CSI 5*-W qualifier in Gothenburg, Sweden. A victory in a qualifier brings 20 points, and the top 16 finishers can all bolster their hopes of grabbing a spot by picking up their own points. 

France’s Kevin Staut, currently on top of the powerful Western European group with a commanding 78 points, will be heading across the Atlantic next month, as will Italy’s Lorenzo de Luca and Irishman Denis Lynch, second and third heading into Gothenburg with 67 and 58 points respectively. Germany’s Ludger Beerbaum, who qualified in this season’s campaign with his ace mounts Casello and Chiara, will be in Omaha as well alongside his compatriot Marcus Ehning. Back-to-back defending champion Steve Guerdat of Switzerland (currently 5th in the league standings) will obviously be back looking for a hat-trick at the Century Link Center.

After 12 stages in the Arab League, the Qatari Ali bin Khalid al-Thani is set to enter on course in the U.S. next month, accompanied at the competition by countryman Bassem Hassan Mohammed. Saudi Arabia’s Abdulrahman Alrajhi’s presence is  more or less a shoo-in for the event as well. Also in line for the Final: Georgia’s Tornike Papiashvili, qualified through the Caucasus League, and the Uzbek Nurjon Tuyakbaev, by way of the Central Europe League.

Representing South America, Uruguay’s Martin Rodriguez Vanni and Brazil’s José Roberto Reynoso Fernandez Filho are confirmed so far. Finally, Australia’s Clint Beresford and Billy Raymont and China’s Ciren Bianba will also be riding in Nebraska.


Dressage - They Are Already Guaranteed a Spot in Next Month's Omaha Finals

Isabell Werth
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In Dressage, 18 of the world’s best combinations will arrive at the Final from four leagues (Western Europe, Central Europe, North America and Pacific). The United States’ Laura Graves will be there, as will her fellow American Steffen Peters, who should be accompanied by Rosamunde. Illustrious German rider Isabell Werth is obviously participating in the competition, looking to add to her long list of accomplishments in the sport. Werth is expected to ride Weihegold, even though her Emilio 107 and Don Johnson are also qualified.

The public can also expect to see Great Britain’s Carl Hester in Nebraska, as well as Judy Reynolds from his country’s geographical neighbour of Ireland. For the Netherlands, Edward Gal is coming to Omaha, as is Hans Peter Minderhoud, the current title holder. Inessa Merkulova will be flying the Russian flag with Mister X. 

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