TPH Announces Media Partnership with The Las Vegas National

Andrew Ryback photographing the FEI Jumping World Cup - 2019 Las Vegas - Photo: Abby Brand for Andrew Ryback Photography.

BY Devyn Trethewey

October 28, 2021- Las Vegas, NevadaThe Plaid Horse has partnered with Blenheim Equisports for the The Las Vegas National, CSI4*-W, held at the South Point Hotel, Casino, & Spa’s unique Arena & Equestrian Center, November 15-21, 2021. Competition will be offered from 2′ Hunters to 1.40 m Jumpers, and will feature expanded sections for the unique USHJA National Championships & Affiliate Championships for Hunters, Jumpers and Equitation.

The highlight of the show is the $150,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Las Vegas, which serves as one of eight 2022 FEI Jumping World Cup Finals qualifiers held in North America.  This not-to-be-missed competition takes place on Saturday evening, November 20th.  Other notable events include the Markel Insurance Jumper Series Finals, the WCE Medal Finals, and a USEF $22,000 1.40m Jumper Division.  

The WCE Medal Finals will similarly provide qualified West Coast junior and amateur equitation riders with a highly competitive and prestigious finale event in a unique and exciting location unmatched by others.

“We are thrilled to be able to partner with this show.” said Piper Klemm, Ph.D., Publisher of The Plaid Horse. “Las Vegas is always a great showcase for our sport and having a Championship that most riders can aspire to only makes our sport stronger. I look forward to being there all week during the competition.”

Andrew Ryback Photo

“Following the cancellation of the show in 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we’re eager to return this year, and we’re thrilled to be able to come back bigger and better than ever,” said Stephanie Lightner, VP of Operations for Blenheim EquiSports, “The addition of the third show ring will enable us to welcome new exhibitors who previously may not have had the opportunity to experience the Las Vegas National, as well as allowing us to work with the USHJA to expand the USHJA National Championship offerings.”

The Las Vegas National CSI4*-W has hosted the USHJA championships since 2018 and will this year feature:

  • National Hunter Championships for amateur-owner hunters, junior hunters, pony hunters, green hunters, adult-amateur hunters and children’s hunters.
  • USHJA/U.S. Equestrian Federation National Jumper Championships, with 11 sections of jumper competition ranging from 1.0m low child/adult jumpers to 1.40m junior, amateur and open jumper classes.
    USHJA National Equitation Championships for juniors 14 and under, juniors 15-17 and adults.
  • Expanded USHJA Affiliate Championship offerings, including equitation and hunter classes at fence heights of 2’ and 2’6” and jumper classes from 0.70m to 0.90m.
  • Two $25,000 USHJA National Hunter Derbies, including one for juniors and amateurs and one for professionals.
  • A 3’3” USHJA Hunter Seat Medal class and a 3’3″ EMO Insurance/USHJA Jumping Seat Medal class.
Andrew Ryback Photo

Among the highlights of this year’s FEI competition offerings are:

  • a $25,000 CSI4*-W Blenheim Welcome Jumper Classic,
  • a $40,000 CSI4*-W Las Vegas National Welcome Jumper Speed Classic,
  • and the culminating $150,000 Longines FEI Jumping World CupTM Las Vegas.

Listen to Plaidcast #99 for more information about USHJA National Championships.

Plan your trip to Las Vegas with this guide

“Las Vegas is such a fun show to cover,” said Andrew Ryback. “We will be covering all the rings for the duration of the show and look forward to providing competitors with memories of this competition to share with their families and friends. We offer great photo gifts and options with the holiday season coming up to share the memories of the Championship competition.”

Andrew Ryback Photo

Show Strides will be available at ARP. 

LAURACEA will be one of the many amazing vendors at this venue. Check this vendor out in our recent issue of The Plaid Horse.

Qualifying lists can be found here

Remember past winners:

Andrew Ryback Photo

Follow along on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and at our website to congratulate horses and riders, follow results and view photos and videos during all days of the competition. 

About The Plaid Horse 

The Plaid Horse is a woman-owned small business dedicated to education in the horse show industry. We publish 10-12 magazine issues per year as well as a series of novels and select non-fiction, run a daily website, and produce a weekly podcast. A frequent horse show sponsor, we are committed to inspiring young riders to take a more active role in the industry.

About Piper Klemm 

Dr. Piper Klemm is the owner and publisher of The Plaid Horse. Her mission is to educate young equestrians in every facet of our industry and to empower young women in particular to find their voices and stories—and to share them.

She has spent her entire career focusing on education through various channels, including The Plaidcast, North America’s most listened-to horse show podcast; as a professor at Clarkson University; co-authoring the Show Strides book series; and by providing educational articles, grants, and experiential learning opportunities for riders of all ages and levels. She earned her Ph.D. in Chemistry at the University of California, Berkeley.

Piper lives in Canton, New York, with her husband, Adam Hill. Adam is a Chemistry Professor at St. Lawrence University and the Faculty Mentor to the national champion IHSA Riding Team. She owns a fleet of lease ponies, and competes in the Amateur Hunter divisions with MTM Sandwich

About Show Strides 

Show Strides is a middle grade novel series about riding, showing, horsemanship, and the special friendships we form with our animals and fellow horse lovers. Set on the sprawling grounds of a large hunter jumper barn, the series features a diverse range of characters, from the lesson kid to the A-rated show regular, and everyone in between. While the reading level is appropriate for young riders, the series has fans of all ages! Read more about our books, including excerpts from all four novels, at

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