We landed at the airport in Las Vegas. As we headed to baggage claim, we heard a page for Nicholas Cage. Welcome to Las Vegas and the FEI World Cup 2015!!
What a wonderful adventure. How many times do you get to see, in person, someone achieve a 94% in Freestyle Dressage?? Or watch cowboys and jump riders’ trade in their reigning horses for jumpers??
Las Vegas is a fun city. I would love to go again and see the strip and all the lights and hotels and casinos. I did go by the Kiss Wedding Chapel!! Who knew?
I loved the Rising Star exhibition on Friday. Two incredibly promising horses, Sabine Schut-Kery riding Sanceo and Steffen Peters aboard Rosamunde.
After this exhibition was the Pas de Deux featuring Shannon Peters dressed as Poison Ivy with David Blake as Batman while riding Weltino’s Magic and Ikarus.
The last exhibition on Friday was the Quadrille performance as Geunter Seidel dressed as Elvis while riding Zamorin, with his “Showgirls” dressed in sparkling red outfits.
Saturday afternoon was the Dressage grand prix freestyle. Steffen Peter’s music was wonderful. Unfortunately the crowd enjoyed it so much it was noisy and Legolas spooked.
Watching Charlotte Dujardin ride Valegro to a score of 94.19 was once again incredibly beautiful. An amazing score but she did not beat her own record with Valegro a whopping 95.142 set last August in Normandy, France. I am so incredibly lucky to have seen both of those rides!!
It was fun to watch Rich Fellers and Flexible in the jumping competition. It was so close for them but was not quite enough for a championship. Flexible was the oldest horse in the competition at 19 years old.
That night our hearts belonged to Molly Malone the Irish horse ridden by Bertram Allen. The 11 y.o. mare apparently has a naughty side. She apparently was nice enough to win the competition on Thursday night. According to Allen he did not get a perfect stride going into the triple but Molly Malone was “very clever”. It was an exciting ride!!
We laughed so hard watching the jump riders’ switch with the cowboys. They both did a great job and were such great sports to do it in the first place.
Steve Guerdat won the jumping final on Sunday even though he had 8 faults. Bertram Allen aboard Molly Malone from Ireland came in 3rd. Several riders including McClain Ward elected to withdraw rather than push their mounts any harder after 4 days of jumping. All four days, the course had been very technical and a bit difficult.
I would love to go back to Las Vegas and do other touristy things. We did not get too much of a chance to see any of the hotels or casinos. Saving that for another trip.
Thank you Las Vegas for a great time.
Link to the World Cup Facebook Page – see more pictures.