Omaha, NE, August 21, 2017 – The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) extends an invitation to horsemen interested in any of the eight FEI international horse sport disciplines – including jumping, dressage, eventing, reining, vaulting, combined driving, para-equestrian and endurance – to gather in Omaha on October 23-24. Opportunities will be available to meet with many of US Equestrian’s top athletes, trainers, team managers, chefs d’equipe, coaches, veterinarians, physiotherapists and other leaders from these disciplines.
Omaha hosted the highly acclaimed FEI World Cup Finals™ in jumping and dressage in Omaha, in March, 2017. Record crowds saw USA’s McLain Ward ride five clean rounds on HH Azur to win the jumping championship, and US dressage competitor Laura Graves and Verdades place second to Germany’s Isabell Werth.
OEF founder Lisa Roskens said the organization is committed to bringing more international-caliber competitions to the Midwest, and develop opportunities for riders who aspire to perform at the highest levels of their equestrian discipline.
“We want those who are interested in these disciplines to have a chance to hear first-hand the vision held by the leaders and decision-makers of the sport,” she said, “and to be able to talk with other horsemen who share their interests in international equestrian disciplines. OEF is proud to host US Equestrian’s first-ever High Performance Review.”
Among those expected to be in Omaha are Olympic veterans Robert Ridland and Anne Kursinski (jumping), Robert Dover and Debbie McDonald (dressage), Leslie Law (eventing), and other leaders of US Equestrian’s eight FEI disciplines.
“This will be the first time we have ever gathered representatives of all the FEI international discipline High Performance Programs together for the express purpose of determining how we can meet our goal of sustained success at the World and Games level,” said Will Connell, US Equestrian’s Director of Sport.
“We want to bring all perspectives together to determine how we are better able to meet challenges in the future, grab opportunities as they arise and ensure that we are truly focused on developing performance. If we are to be truly effective at supporting our athletes (human and equine) to deliver medal winning performances, then we must be willing to challenge the effectiveness of ourselves and our programs,” Connell said.
Roskens said OEF is providing opportunities for people to interact with the sport’sleadership at the High Performance Review. A special cocktail hour and dinner will allow OEF guests to talk with High Performance representatives, including having some of them seated at their tables, and hear a keynote speaker. Question-and-answer forums will be held for each discipline, allowing interested horsemen to discuss their own ideas and concerns, and a special clinic will be held with riders evaluated from jumping, dressage and eventing perspectives.
“This is a great opportunity for horsemen, particularly those living in the Midwest,” said Mike West, CEO of OEF. “They can hop in their car and drive to Omaha to interact with those who are shaping the future of equestrian sports in the USA and our plans for success in international competition.”
Horsemen interested in attending the dinner, forums and clinic can find more information at www.omahaequestrian.com or by calling 402-930-3079.