The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair is pleased to announce that The Royal Horse Show will now be included as a leg of the prestigious Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping North American League from 2015 through 2017.
The 14 qualifying events of the Longines FEI World CupTM Jumping North American League will be held at some of the most glamourous and prestigious venues on the show jumping circuit including Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Top riders from around the globe will vie for one of only forty coveted positions available at the Finals to be held in Gothenburg, Sweden in 2016, with The Royal marking the final North American opportunity to qualify.
“The Royal is pleased to welcome Longines as title partner of the Longines FEI World CupTM Grand Prix”, says Peter Cullen, Chairman of The Royal Horse Show. “Tradition, elegance and performance are qualities that are shared by both The Royal and Longines, which makes this a perfect match.”
The FEI World CupTM Series is the world’s oldest indoor jumping series and has been a feature competition at The Royal since 1981. Canada’s own Ian Millar has won the Longines FEI World CupTM Final twice, aboard his great mount Big Ben, and we will be watching to see if he becomes one of only five triple champions in 2016.
“The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League is a massive boost to our sport and will dominate the headlines in 2015,” FEI 1st Vice-President and Chair of the FEI Jumping Committee John Madden said. “The new league is a huge opportunity for our athletes to shine on a North American stage and showcase top-level equestrian sport to fans across North America and the world.”