Omaha, The Jewel of Nebraska

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Thursday 02 March - 17h04 | Eduard Vilarrubí

Omaha, The Jewel of Nebraska

Little is known about Omaha, Nebraska, the venue for this year’s Longines FEI World Cup Show Jumping and Dressage Finals. And some may wonder why this location in the American Midwest was chosen. Certainly, Omaha is not as famous as New York or Los Angeles, and does not have the well-known charms of a San Francisco or Seattle. But the biggest city in the 'Cornhusker State' has many interesting characteristics. Today, GrandPrix-Replay takes a look at this 'Gateway to the West' that will host the Final of the World Cup at the end of the month.

 - Omaha, The Jewel of Nebraska

Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes)
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It is indeed possible that many have never heard of Omaha. For some, it may bring to mind history class and the famous beach of Normandy, France in World War II. For others, the huge insurance giant Mutual of Omaha. However, behind this relatively little-known name hides a city that has much to say.
 
Although not its capital, Omaha, with its 450,000 inhabitants, is the biggest city in the state of Nebraska, and one of the biggest in the U.S. Midwest. The city, founded in the nineteenth century, has a rich historical heritage, including the famous Church of St. Cecilia and Joslyn Castle, an exceptional example of Scottish baronial architecture, as well as an extensive cultural scene. Musicians like Conor Oberst (Bright Eyes) come to mind. 
 
For those who have occasion to travel to the World Cup Final, a visit to the famous botanical garden is recommended. Or lose yourself in the streets of Benson, the bohemian neighborhood with its extensive leisure activities... Or go and see a game of the Lancers, the local ice hockey team... In Omaha there is always something to do. A good time is guaranteed!
 
Many famous people have come from Omaha, in all walks of life: African American activist Malcolm X was from Omaha, as is billionaire investor Warren Buffett, tennis player Andy Roddick, and Oscar-winning screenwriter and film director Alexander Payne. Another cinema great, Marlon Brando, is a native son. Brando starred in numerous classic films, including his acclaimed role as Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather. 
 
At the end of this month, the city will host the elite global equestrian sports community at the World Cup Final, further proof that Omaha is not made for small things ...
 

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