USEF Announces World Cup Qualifying Schedule and Planned Improvements to Venues
RELEASE: August 27, 2007
AUTHOR/ADMINISTRATOR: Joanie Morris
For Immediate Release August 27, 2007
Lexington, KY - The USEF has announced the World Cup Qualifiers for the upcoming season to culminate with the World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden April 23-26, 2008.
East Coast Qualifiers Fall ’07 – Spring ‘08
Date Competition Location
Aug 26-Sept 2 Hampton Classic Bridgehampton, NY
Sept 19-23 American Gold Cup Moreland Hills, OH
Sept 28 Kentucky National Lexington, KY
Oct 1-7 Capital Challenge Upper Marlboro, MD
Oct 8-14 Washington International Washington, DC
Oct 18-27 Pennsylvania National Harrisburg, PA
Oct 31-Nov 4 Syracuse Invitational Syracuse, NY
Dec 4-9 National Horse Show Wellington, FL
Jan 18-19 Green Cove Springs Green Cove Springs, FL
Feb 20-24 Florida Classic Wellington, FL
Feb 27 – Mar 2 Wellington Masters Wellington, FL
Mar 26–30 Tampa Bay Classic Tampa, FL
West Coast Qualifiers Fall ’07 – Spring ‘08
Aug 29–Sept 2 Showpark All Seasons Summer Del Mar, CA
Sept 12-16 Oaks Blenheim Fall Tournament San Juan Capistrano, CA
Sept 19-23 L.A. International Jumping Burbank, CA
Sept 26-30 Del Mar International Del Mar, CA
Oct 31- Nov 4 Las Vegas National Las Vegas, NV
Nov 14-18 L.A. National Horse Show Burbank, CA
Jan 29-Feb 3 Desert Circuit II Thermal, CA
Feb 5-10 Desert Circuit III Thermal, CA
Feb 19- 24 Desert Circuit IV Thermal, CA
Mar 4-9 Desert Circuit VI Thermal, CA
Mar 19-23 The Palms Classic Del Mar, CA
Mar 26-30 Oaks Blenheim Spring I San Juan Capistrano, CA
Competitions listed in italics are pending final approval from the USEF Executive Committee and the FEI.
Three of the venues will make significant improvements in their facilities.
The stabling area at the Capital Challenge will be improved this year, announced Show Manager Oliver Kennedy, “We have moved the FEI stable area to a location closer to the arena and are putting up a tent 80 feet wide instead of 60 feet wide so that they have larger aisles.”
Stadium Jumping, Inc. who runs three World Cup Qualifiers in Wellington, FL is also making substantial improvements to their busy facility.
These improvements include resurfacing the footing in the Internationale Arena, a large task that began in June. Total renovations to the venue will exceed $750,000.
“Replacing the worn out footing in this arena is our absolute top priority,” said Stadium Jumping, Inc. CEO Gene Mische.
The Thermal, California show grounds is also committed to improving their facilities by installing a covered arena specifically for their four World Cup Qualifiers. Tom Struzzieri, President and CEO of HITS, Inc. noted, “We are engaging a top European footing expert to help us with the new ground.”
Course Designer Anthony D’Ambrosio added “Once the footing is prepared for the covered arena, it will be inspected by a Technical Delegate representing West Coast riders.” D’Ambrosio will be assisting the HITS management throughout this process.
The World Cup Qualifiers are the most vital aspect in the World Cup process and ensuring top-class competition venues to prepare the country’s best horses and riders for optimal performances at the Final is of utmost importance to the USEF
For more information please contact Jennifer Haydon, USEF Director of Show Jumping National Programs at email@example.com.