Show Jumping throughout the world is constantly evolving, and part of that evolution was the creation of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Series. The CP National Horse Show, which has a storied 133 years of history as one of the nation’s oldest horse shows, at the same time, is at the forefront of show jumping’s march forward into the future.
And this year should be no different as the CP National Horse Show will once again welcome the top show jumping athletes from around the globe to the Kentucky Horse Park.
The North American League began last August across seven East and seven West Coast venues in three countries: the United States, Mexico and Canada. The 14 events that hosted legs of the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping™ North American League were selected from a long list of 25 applicants.
“We were very happy to be one of the first events involved in this new league,” said Mason Phelps, Jr., President of the National Horse Show Association. “This league has really created a buzz in the industry and it’s an exciting advancement in the sport of show jumping in North America. The CP National Horse Show is proud to have joined in on the ground floor. We are very excited to have the event return to this year’s show on Saturday night. The additional world-wide exposure the show receives as a result of the coverage is an added bonus,” he said.
The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping™ North American League was showcased on a broad range of global platforms, from live TV broadcasts to streaming on digital and mobile outlets, focusing on the drama of equestrian sport with fascinating behind-the-scenes documentary-style coverage.
The North American League boasts a minimum of US $2.4 million prize money across the series, and offers the best jumping athletes from North America and around the world the chance to qualify for the jackpot of more than US $1.4 million (€1.3 million) on offer annually at the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final.
A total of 14 athletes qualified for the challenging Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final. The top seven athletes from the East Coast US, top three from West Coast US, and the two best-placed athletes from Canada and Mexico, will qualify for next year’s Final, alongside winners of 15 leagues around the world.
Juan-Carlos Capelli, Vice President of Longines and Head of International Marketing noted, “We are proud to be partnering with the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping North American League. This association is part of our long-term commitment with the FEI,” he said. “Longines is Top Partner, but also the Title Partner, Official Timekeeper and Watch of the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Western European League, Chinese League and now, the North American League.”
“The Longines FEI World Cup Jumping North American League is a massive boost to our sport,” said John Madden, FEI 1st Vice-President and Chair of the FEI Jumping Committee. “The new league has given our athletes a chance to shine on a North American stage. This league is also ideally suited to wide-ranging global brands that want to reach out to North American and international audiences, drawing very clear affinities with their own visions and values alongside Longines.”
With nearly $800,000 in prize money offered, the 2016 edition has again been designated a CSI-W 4* show by the FEI. The International Open Jumpers will compete for over a half a million dollars in prize money, while the top rated hunter sections have a total purse of $195,000. Meanwhile, $100,000 in total is offered to the Amateur-Owner and U 25 Jumper sections.