LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — February 9, 2009—There has never been a better time to experience the thrill and excitement of the city Las Vegas than this April when the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals return to the Thomas & Mack Center, April 15-19.
In addition to watching the world’s best horses and riders competing in the two Olympic disciplines of show jumping and dressage, those coming to the Finals will be able to spoil themselves at Las Vegas’s finest hotels, enjoy exquisite dining and see spectacular shows. In addition, all World Cup ticket purchasers are being automatically entered in a drawing for five prize packages valued at $1,000 each! “There is no more exciting city in the world than Las Vegas,” said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events, which is once again hosting the Finals. “In addition to watching the excitement of the World Cup Finals, visitors can take in a show, play a round of golf or cruise the world famous Las Vegas ‘strip,’. An event as exciting as the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals marks the perfect occasion to visit the city that’s just as electrifying – and that’s Las Vegas!!”
Everyone who has purchased a ticket for the Finals, no matter which discipline or price, is automatically entered in a drawing in which five lucky winners will receive their choice of prizes valued at $1,000.
Each winner will be able to select a $1,000 prize package including either a hotel room at the MGM Grand, meals at some of Las Vegas’s finest restaurants, tickets to exciting Las Vegas shows or official 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals merchandise.
“The best thing about the drawing is that you don’t have to do anything to enter besides buy a ticket,” said Christenson. “Being in Las Vegas is all about playing your odds – but this one is a sure thing. However, if you don’t buy a ticket, you can’t win. If you do – you just might enhance your visit here to the tune of $1,000!”
Anyone can order their tickets now at the World Cup’s official website at www.WorldCupLasVegas.com. Individual tickets are priced as follows:
April 15: VIP - $250; Plaza - $55; Balcony - $35
April 16: VIP - $250; Plaza - $90; Balcony - $50
April 17: VIP - $250; Plaza - $90; Balcony - $50
April 18: VIP - $250; Plaza - $100; Balcony - $60
Show Jumping Tickets
April 15: VIP - $250; Plaza - $60; Balcony - $30
April 16: VIP - $250; Plaza - $70; Balcony - $50
April 17: VIP - $250; Plaza - $75; Balcony - $50
April 18: VIP - $250; Plaza - $75; Balcony - $55
April 19: VIP - $250; Plaza - $85; Balcony - $60
Started in 1979, the FEI World Cup Jumping Final is an annual international showdown among the world’s best show jumping horses and riders. Approximately 45 riders qualify from 13 leagues around the world. In the 30 finals held through 2008, United States riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship seven times.
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.
About Las Vegas Events
Founded in 1983, Las Vegas Events, Inc. has grown with Las Vegas as the city has emerged as one of the world’s top special event and resort destinations. A private, not-for-profit organization, LVE is funded by hotel room tax and serves as the exclusive major special events agency for the city. Since 1991, Las Vegas Events has produced, presented or supported more than 480 events, which have driven more than 4.4 million visitors to the area, resulting in an economic impact of more than $2.7 billion.
Further information about the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Dressage Finals, including information on purchasing tickets, is also available at the official website at www.lasvegasevents.com.