Show Jumping Riders Named For 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Final

Saturday, April 4, 2009

Las Vegas, NV - April 3, 2009 - Following months of intense competition, forty-six show jumping riders from twenty-two countries have qualified to compete at the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup™ Finals.

The Rolex FEI World Cup™Finals return to the Thomas & Mack Center in Las Vegas, April 15-19.  The Finals feature World Cup Finals in the two Olympic disciplines of show jumping and dressage.

"I am very excited about the list of riders who have qualified to compete in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Show Jumping," said Pat Christenson, president of Las Vegas Events. "There are many talented horses and riders, and I know we can expect an exciting show from them as they vie for this prestigious title!"

Among those qualified to compete from the United States are Beezie Madden and McLain Ward, who rode as teammates on the U.S.'s gold medal teams at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games. This will be Madden's tenth World Cup Final as she previously competed in 1987, 1990, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1998, 2003, 2006 and 2007. Veteran McLain Ward has ridden in ten previous World Cup Finals in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005 and 2007.

Also qualified is 2008 World Cup Champion Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany and her mount Shutterfly.  Beerbaum was also victorious at the World Cup Final held in Las Vegas in 2005.

A full list of entries for this year's World Cup Final in Show Jumping is as follows:

South American League - Southern Part
  • Vitor Alves-Teixeira, BRA                                    Yuri Itapua, Yuri Climber
Japan League
  • Daijiro Mashiyama, JPN                                        Paradox
New Zealand League
  • Anna Trent, NZL                                                   Musketeer NZPH, Levitation NZPH
Arab League
  • H. Bin Moteb Al Saud, KSA                                 Ashkur Allah Obelix
Mexican League
  • Alberto Michan Halbinger, MEX                            Chinobampo Lavita
  • Enrique Gonzalez, MEX                                         Frida
Western European League
  • Gerco Schroeder, NED                                          Eurocommerce Milano -                                                                              Eurocommerce Seattle -                                                                              Eurocommerce Pennsylvania
  • Daniel Etter, SUI                                                    I Peu à Peu 4 - Wisper Zuid
  • Marcus Ehning, GER                                              Plot Blue - Sandro Boy - Leconte
  • Albert Zoer, NED                                                  Oki Doki - Sam
  • Steve Guerdat, SUI                                                Trésor V - Ferrari - Jalisca Solier
  • Thomas Velin, DEN                                               Grim St-Clair - Godsend du Reverdy
  • Rutherford Latham, ESP                                         Valentina van 'T Heike
  • Ludo Phillipaerts, BEL                                            Kassini'Jac -                                                                              Cavalor's Winningmood
  • Lars Nieberg, GER                                                 Lucie 55
  • Mikael Forsten, FIN                                               Isaac du Jonquet
  • Helena Lundback, SWE                                          Madick - Bukowskis Erbblume
  • Ben Maher, GBR                                                    Robin Hood W
  • Ludger Beerbaum, GER                                           Coupe de Coeur -All Inclusive NRW - Gotha
  • Michael Whitaker, GBR                                             Insul Tech Amai - Insul Tech - Womani Van
  • Suncal Portofino 63
  • Marco Kutscher, GER                                             Cash 63 - Cornet Obolenski
  • Geir Gulliksen, NOR                                                L'Espoir - Cattani
  • Christina Liebherr, SUI                                             LB Robin Hood - LB No Mercy
  • Max Kühner, GER                                                   Acantus GK
  • Edwina Alexander, AUS                                          Isovlas Itot du Château -Isovlas Late Night 16 -Isovlas Socrates
  • Rodrigo Pessoa, BRA                                              Rufus
Central European League
  • Vladimir Beletskiy, RUS                                            Larkanaro - Ragazza 36 - Lotos
  • Angel Niagolov, BUL                                                Baloufino -Rue Blanche du Gibet - Stritzel
  • Hasan Senturk, TUR                                                 Concept - Caro Ass -Pinot Grigio -Siec Janico
USA East League
  • Kent Farrington, USA                                                Up Chiqui
  • McLain Ward, USA                                                   Phillipa - Goldika 539 - Sapphire
  • Christine McCrea, USA                                             Promised Land - Vegas
  • Todd Minikus, USA                                                   Pavarotti - Presidente - Olinda
  • Hillary Dobbs, USA                                                    Quincy B - Corlett - Marlo -Marengo
  • Beezie Madden, USA                                                 Danny Boy - Onlight -Judgement
  • Michelle Spadone, USA                                             Melismo
  • Darragh Kerins, IRL                                                   Night Train
USA West League
  • Mandy Porter, USA                                                     San Diego
  • Ashlee Bond, USA                                                       Cadett 7 - Chivas Z
  • Richard Spooner, USA                                                Ace - Cristallo - Quirino 3
  • Harley Brown, AUS                                                     Cassiato
Canadian League
  • Keean White, CAN                                                      Celena - Vienna Rouge
  • Ian Millar, CAN                                                            Redefin - In Style
Title Holder
  • Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, GER                               Shutterfly
Organising Committee's NF Wild Cards (2):
  • Danielle Torano, USA                                                    Vancouver d'Oeuvray
  • Rich Fellers, USA                                                           Flexable - Kilkenny Rindo

The 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Finals will see exciting equestrian action throughout its five days. Wednesday, April 15 will feature the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Warm Up I and II at 9:30am and the Rolex FEI World Cup dressage warm up at 1:30pm.  Thursday, April 16 will feature the Rolex FEI World Cup Dressage Grand Prix at noon and the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final Round I at 7:00pm.

Things begin to heat up on Friday, April 17 with the Las Vegas Dressage Showcase at noon as well as the official Retirement Ceremony for Brentina, the only U.S. horse ever to win the Dressage World Cup Final. Friday will also feature the second round of the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final. Saturday, April 18 features the Las Vegas Jumping Grand Prix at noon. Dressage competition concludes on Saturday when a new World Cup Dressage Champion will be crowned following the Grand Prix Freestyle at 7:00pm. Show Jumping concludes on Sunday, April 19 with the third round of the Rolex World Cup Show Jumping Final, and the determination of the next World Cup Show Jumping Champion.

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 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.

Further information about the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping and Dressage Finals, including information on purchasing tickets, is available at the official website at