By Catie Staszak for Thunderbird Show Park
The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League (NAL) is officially returning to Thunderbird Show Park.
The venue, which hosted World Cup qualifying events as part of the NAL from 2016–2019, will host the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver on Sunday, Sept. 26 during the CSI4*-W Harvest Celebration.
The event will kick off the 2021–2022 North American League season, which for the first time, will consist of one cohesive league with eight legs across the east and west coasts of North America. Toronto’s Royal Agricultural Winter Fair was originally scheduled to host Canada’s only World Cup qualifier in November, but after the venue announced the event’s in-person cancellation in July, Thunderbird applied to host in its place.
“We’re thrilled to welcome the World Cup back to tbird,” said Thunderbird Show Park President, Chris Pack. “We jumped at the opportunity to host this event for our friends at The Royal and look forward to another world class event with what’s sure to be a tremendous lineup of athletes at our venue.”
The Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ North American League features a series of qualifying events for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final, set for Leipzig, Germany in April 2022. Athletes qualify by earning points in NAL events between September 2021 and March 2022.
Following tbird’s leg, the NAL will continue to Sacramento, CA (USA) before heading east for the Washington International Horse Show at Tryon, NC (USA). The National Horse Show (Lexington, KY, USA); Las Vegas National Horse Show (Las Vegas, NV, USA); Fort Worth International (Fort Worth, TX, USA); Puebla (MEX); and Live Oak International (Ocala, FL, USA) complete the North American League lineup for the 2021–2022 season.
Competition at Thunderbird Show Park continues through to October with the BCHJA Fall Finale CSI2*, September 28–October 3, featuring a $37,000 Grand Prix Qualifier and the $100,000 ONNI Group Grand Prix.
Entries for the Harvest Celebration CSI4*-W and the BCHJA Fall Finale CSI2* are now open on showgroundslive.com.
Tickets for the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Vancouver are on sale now at showpass.com.