CAVALOR Riders Qualify For 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Finals In Las Vegas
Drongen, Belgium - April 9, 2009 - Three riders who use CAVALOR products to feed and care for their world-class horses are among the elite group of show jumping and dressage riders who will compete in the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Finals.
The World Cup Finals in show jumping and dressage return to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, April 15 -19.
Heading the list of riders in the Dressage World Cup Final is three-time Olympic individual gold medalist and nine-time World Cup Champion and this year's defending champion, Anky Van Grunsven of The Netherlands.
Van Grunsven will also participate in a Reining demonstration on Saturday, April 18. Teams of riders participating in the demonstration will be coached by Rick Weaver; National Reining Horse Association (NRHA) President, NRHA Professional, NRHA Futurity Open Division Champion and multiple NRHA World Champion; and Ann Fonck NRHA Professional, NRHA Open World Champion and accomplished dressage competitor. Ann Fonck is also a part of the CAVALOR team.
Representing CAVALOR in the show jumping Final is nine-time Olympic veteran and two-time World Cup Champion Ian Millar of Canada and four-time Olympic veteran Ludo Phillipaerts of Belgium.
One other CAVALOR rider, reigning World Champion Jos Lansink of Belgium, qualified for the show jumping Final, but elected not to compete.
"I couldn't be happier for these riders," said Philippe Collard, President of CAVALOR, Inc. "It is a huge honor to know that CAVALOR has had a hand in helping these riders' horses reach the pinnacle of equestrian competition by qualifying for the World Cup Finals. We are excited that the Finals are in North America and we are rooting for all these riders to succeed in Las Vegas!"
Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup Jumping Final is an annual international showdown among the world's best show jumping horses and riders. The 2009 event will mark the eighth FEI World Cup Jumping Final to be held in the United States, following Finals in Baltimore in 1980, Tampa, Fla. in 1989, Del Mar, Calif. in 1992 and four in Las Vegas in 2000, 2003, 2005 and 2007.
First held in 1986, the FEI World Cup Dressage Final has been held in the U.S. three times, in 1995 in Los Angeles and 2005 and 2007 in Las Vegas. The Netherlands has dominated the competition, winning nine titles, followed by Germany with seven. The United States won its first title in 2003 when Debbie McDonald rode Brentina to the championship.
Further information about the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Dressage Finals is available at the official website at www.WorldCupLasVegas.com.
For over 20 years, Nutriquine NV (a Belgian company) has been a pioneer in equine nutrition. In close cooperation with veterinarians, scientists and specialists of equestrian sports, Nutriquine has developed, under the brand name CAVALOR, a complete line of supplements, care and feed products to address the diverse needs and requirements of topsport horses and breeding stables. CAVALOR products are distributed and used by many champions in 45 countries around the world.
CAVALOR Inc. is the exclusive North American licensee of the CAVALOR brand and the CAVALOR products from Nutriquine NV. CAVALOR Inc.'s mission is to organize and manage the distribution of CAVALOR products, promote the brand, and establish partnerships to locally manufacture the CAVALOR products, all in North America.
For more information on CAVALOR, please visit www.cavalor.com.