December 2016 - The FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha

The ultimate horse lover’s holiday gift.

If you are looking for the perfect gift for the horse lover in your life, then look no further than the a trip to the FEI World Cup™ Finals, equestrian sports’ biggest annual indoor championship for jumping and dressage horses.

The world’s top horses and riders will be coming to the Midwest for the first time ever to the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska, on March 29 - April 2, 2017 to compete for the coveted titles of FEI World Cup™ Champion!

This is a rare opportunity for fans to watch the world’s best equestrian athletes compete under one roof, including World, European and Olympic Champions – and potentially many superstars from the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio.

A variety of ticket packages are available for the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Final and Longines FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final, making them the perfect holiday gift for family, friends or trainers. If you really want to step it up a notch, you can purchase VIP Tickets, Hospitality packages and Ringside tables, which offer the best seats in the house.

The action will get under way on Wednesday, March 29 with Jumping and Dressage Warm-ups.  Actual competition will begin on Thursday, March 30, with the Dressage Grand Prix starting at 1pm and Jumping Speed Class at 7pm. On Friday, March 31, the Dressage showcase will start at 3pm followed by the Jumping Grand Prix at 7pm. On Saturday, April 1, the Dressage Freestyle Rehearsal will be held at 9am and the Dressage Freestyle to Music – the event determining the 2017 FEI World Cup Champion – will begin at 2pm, with the Jumping Grand Prix competition at 7pm. On Sunday, April 2, the Final Jumping competition will begin at 2 pm, which ultimately decides who will be crowned the 2017 FEI World Cup Jumping Champion.

Omaha is a vibrant city that offers visitors so much to do and see. There are vast hotel and restaurant choices as well as outstanding sightseeing attractions. The Old Market is filled with shops and a variety of eateries. Try the Reuben sandwich on its home turf and enjoy a customized tour of Omaha’s craft breweries. The craft brew scene is one of the most talked about in the beer world. Omaha’s legendary steakhouses are the perfect place to sample flame-broiled, whiskey-doused or wood-fire grilled steaks and are guaranteed to impress the most discerning steak lover.

Art & Animals, History & Haute Cuisine

The easiest way to visit all of the fun in Omaha is by looking for the attractions with the giant blue push pins. All 15 attractions offer year-round experiences including taking a walk in the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium to see the world’s largest indoor desert and America’s largest indoor rainforest. Visit Bob, the first and longest pedestrian bridge to link two states – Nebraska and Iowa, and come face-to-face with priceless works of art by Degas, Chihuly and Monet.

If you love history then visiting Omaha is a must. Fort Omaha is best known for its role in the 1879 landmark trial of Ponca Chief Standing Bear, who was arrested after trying to bury his son near the tribe’s homeland. Boys Town is one of the most popular well-known landmarks, welcoming 100,000 visitors each year. This national treasure is a historic children’s home that was founded in 1917 by Father Flanagan. If you love to shop, then the Old Market Entertainment District is for you. Full of historic art, shopping and dining, it served as a manufacturing warehouse in the 1880s. Omaha is also home to the Gerald R. Ford Birth Site and Gardens as well as the Malcom X Birth Site, both memorial centers honoring those who have contributed to our country.

The 2017 FEI World Cup Finals are being produced by the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, a certified 501c(3) not-for-profit foundation. The focus of the foundation is to foster and develop international caliber athletes within the equestrian sport as well as supporting and educating the community. Since 2013, the Omaha Equestrian Foundation has donated tickets to local charities and last year created field trips for over 2,400 elementary school students, veterans and local military families. The OEF also runs the International Omaha, an annual top-level jumping and dressage competition also held at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha.

Press release provided by Classic Communications. For more information about the 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals, hotels and tickets, go to For more information about the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, visit or call 402-444-1630.