Omaha, Nebraska – February 8, 2018 – Following the highly successful debut of its InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series, the Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) is now accepting applications from events interested in hosting a qualifying competition for the 2018-2019 season. The inaugural Init2Winit Speed Jumping Series culminates in the $100,000 Init2Winit Championship during the 2018 International Omaha, April 12-15, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, site of last year’s highly successful FEI World Cup™ Finals
The OEF’s InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series is a series of 1.40-meter speed jumping events sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). Designed to give riders from the Midwest more opportunities to compete at a higher level while staying in the region, the inaugural series held qualifying events from September 2017 through January 2018 at HITS Balmoral in Chicago, the American Royal in Kansas City, the Lake St Louis Hunter/Jumper Show in St. Louis and the National Western Stock Show in Denver. Riders were able to qualify at any one of the series events, on cumulative points won throughout the qualifiers, through wild card invitations, or a lottery.
The second annual series will culminate in the $100,000 Championship at 1.45 meters held during the 2019 International Omaha in Omaha, Nebraska, March 31-April 8. The USEF must approve the series, including qualifying locations, in May of 2018, so all applications for next year’s Series must be received at the OEF office by 5:00 p.m. on March 1, 2018. They can be mailed, hand delivered or emailed in one complete PDF document. Applications sent by mail must be postmarked by March 1, 2018. Click here for Host Application.
Lisa Roskens, OEF founder and chairman commented, “Our InIt2WinIt series has proved to be very successful and popular with riders and we look forward to adding more qualifying events to the series. It’s very exciting for riders to have more opportunities to compete – particularly during the fall and winter – and with a high-stakes $100,000 Championship finale!”
In addition to the $100,000 InIt2WinIt Championship, the 2018 International Omaha will feature a $130,000 International Grand Prix in jumping and a Dressage Team Challenge featuring Grand Prix, Freestyle, Youth, Amateur and Para Equestrian riders. Spectators also enjoy outstanding shopping, demonstrations, educational exhibits, entertainment and dining, all under one roof. Click here for the Schedule of Events.
This year’s International Omaha will also present an opportunity to watch legendary rider, trainer, and clinician, George Morris, give a modified clinic as part of the Jumping Showcase in the main arena, instructing some of the Midwest’s best young equitation riders. In addition to the ticketed Jumping Showcase, Morris will also conduct demonstrations in the Demonstration Arena that will be free to the public.
Olympic dressage team Gold Medalist Hubertus Schmidt of Germany will also conduct a clinic in the main arena. The highly acclaimed rider, trainer and coach has been described as one of the most prolific trainers in the world, training dozens of horses to Grand Prix level.
The four-day event will provide expanded educational opportunities for emerging athletes and young people as well as family fun for all ages. There will be exhibits and demonstrations, along with shopping at over 120 vendors, a range of dining choices, and live entertainment featuring some of Omaha’s finest.
For further information, please call 402 932 4124 or go to www.InternationalOmaha.com.