World-Class Horses Arriving in Omaha for World Cup Finals

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Monday 27 March - 17h53 | Ian Clayton

World-Class Horses Arriving in Omaha for World Cup Finals

Greeted by the governor and the media, 37 of the world's elite jumping and dressage horses landed in Omaha, Nebraska Saturday morning after a long flight from Amsterdam for the 2017 FEI World Cup Finals, which are taking place from March 27 - April 2. 

 - World-Class Horses Arriving in Omaha for World Cup Finals

Weihegold OLD
Credit : Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com (Omaha 2017)

Another group of world-class mounts arriving from Florida and other locations in the U.S. was scheduled to arrive in the Midwestern state Monday in advance of this week’s big competition.

Indeed, the European contingent — 24 show jumpers and 13 dressage horses — which touched down at Eppley airfield in a Qatar Airways Boeing 777 airliner was reportedly the first group of international horses to have ever flown into Omaha. 

After having a blood sample drawn by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, they were given a police escort in their trailers to the competition venue, the CenturyLink Center, a few miles away. There, the horses entered their quarantine area, where they have been nevertheless able to exercise regularly with grooms and riders. 

The passenger list for Saturday’s flight, which was met by Governor Pete Ricketts and event organizer Lisa Roskens,  included some rock star names in the equestrian world. Among those onboard were Isabell Werth’s Weihegold OLD, Steve Guerdat’s Bianca, Kevin Staut’s Reveur de Hurtebise HDC, Ludger Beerbaum’s Chiara 222 and Marcus Ehning’s Pret A Tout.


For the official riders lists, click here

For the full schedule, see here

 


 

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