The next stop on this season's Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League is the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Del Mar, held in sunny southern California.
The popular show draws international riders from all over the world, many of whom are hoping to pick up all-important points to qualify for next spring's Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in Las Vegas, Nevada, April 15–19, 2020. Fan favorites aiming to compete in the top classes include Ashlee Bond, Lane Clarke, Richard Spooner, Karl Cook, Mandy Porter and Will Simpson. Last year's winner, Zazou Hoffman, is also returning, hoping to reclaim her title.
The FEI classes kick off on Thursday with the $36,500 CaptiveOne Grand Prix Qualifier (5:30PM PT), followed by Friday's $36,500 Hermès Sellier Sunshine 1.45m (2:00PM PT). The pinnacle class is the $100,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup TM Del Mar 1.60m, which begins at 7:45PM PT on Saturday night.
Del Mar International Horse Show encompasses multiple weeks of world-class show jumping, which attracts an elite field of internationally recognized horses and riders. The show is part of the prestigious Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League and hosts one of only seven World Cup™ Qualifiers on the West Coast, where riders compete head to head for a spot in the World Cup™ Finals.
Minutes from San Diego, the Del Mar Fairgrounds is a 370-acre property which includes the famous Del Mar Racetrack. The Del Mar Arena is fully covered and seats over 3,500 spectators. The town of Del Mar features golden beaches, luxurious resorts, upscale shopping and dining, and a mild year-round climate.
"There is nothing like Del Mar International," said show manager Adrienne Karazissis. "You can feel the ocean breeze and the atmosphere of the Del Mar Fairgrounds is truly special.
If you're not in the area, you can watch live via www.westpalmsevents.com. Live stream from the Del Mar arena and clips from the Del Mar arena and San Diego arena are provided by Shownet.biz. In addition, ClipMyHorse.tv is providing clips from the Del Mar arena.
About the North American League
The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League, now in its fifth year, consists of 14 venues in three countries - the United States, Mexico and Canada. Each venue hosts qualifiers to determine the North American riders who will compete at the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final (April 15-19) in Las Vegas, Nevada. The NAL, which offers $2.4 million in prize money, is one of 16 leagues that form the global FEI Jumping World Cup™ series, which has been in existence since 1978.
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