More than 40,000 people from more than 20 countries are in Nebraska this week to attend the 2917 FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals in Omaha. Omaha was one of sixteen cities from around the world that competed to host this annual event and local organizer Lisa Yanney-Roskens is very pleased their hard work paid off.
She encourages everyone to head to Omaha to see riders and horses from around the world compete in two Olympic categories.
Yanney-Roskens says the competition includes jumping and dressage. Dressage is an event where the horse and rider perform a series of movements. Years of work go into this training. Yanney-Roskens says, “Probably the youngest horse in the competition will be 10 years old. It takes the first decade of their live to learn the immediate responsiveness and yet they have to be relaxed to be able to do it beautifully. It is really a decade of their lives before they are ready for this level of competition.”
Competitors from more than 20 countries are taking part in the 2017 World Cup. Today the warm-ups are taking place. The first competition starts at 2 p.m. on Thursday and will continue through April 2nd at the CenturyLink Center. The event also features a horse discovery zone, educational forums on dressage, jumping and showing horses to the EQUUS Film Festival.