The FEI Show Jumping World Cup is an annual international competition among the world’s best show jumping horses and riders. The series, created in 1978, today comprises 14 leagues on all continents. The best riders from 132 preliminary competitions qualify for the final.The FEI World Cup was thought up by a Swiss journalist and show jumping enthusiast, Max E. Ammann. From its inception until 1999 both the final and qualifiers were sponsored by Volvo. From 1999 to 2013, the series has been sponsored by Rolex. Longines has been the title sponsor of the series from October 2013.
The International Federation for Equestrian Sports is the international governing body of equestrian sports.
Show jumping, also known as "stadium jumping", "open jumping", or simply "jumping", is a part of a group of English riding equestrian events that also includes dressage, eventing, hunters, and equitation. Jumping classes are commonly seen at horse shows throughout the world, including the Olympics. Sometimes shows are limited exclusively to jumpers, sometimes jumper classes are offered in conjunction with other English-style events, and sometimes show jumping is but one division of very large, all-breed competitions that include a very wide variety of disciplines. Jumping classes may be governed by various national horse show sanctioning organizations, such as the United States Equestrian Federation in the USA or the British Showjumping Association in Great Britain. International competitions are governed by the rules of the International Federation for Equestrian Sports.
The Volvo Group is a Swedish multinational manufacturing company headquartered in Gothenburg. While its core activity is the production, distribution and sale of trucks, buses and construction equipment, Volvo also supplies marine and industrial drive systems and financial services. In 2016, it was the world's second largest manufacturer of heavy-duty trucks.
Approximately 45 riders qualify from 13 leagues around the world. Usually there are 20 riders from Europe, 15 from the United States, 5 from Canada and 5 from elsewhere in the world. In the 28 World Cup finals held until 2007, United States riders have emerged with the most titles, having won the championship seven times.Hugo Simon was the first rider to win the FEI World Cup three times, followed by Rodrigo Pessoa. Mario Deslauriers is so far the youngest winner, aged 19, in the competition's history riding Aramis in 1984. At the beginning, the final was a rather complicated process and in 1981 its formula was modified. Since then it has not been changed. It starts with a table C (speed), followed by a jump-off competition and, after one day's rest, a two-round final not against the clock.
Europe is a continent located entirely in the Northern Hemisphere and mostly in the Eastern Hemisphere. It is bordered by the Arctic Ocean to the north, the Atlantic Ocean to the west and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. It comprises the westernmost part of Eurasia.
The United States of America (USA), commonly known as the United States or America, is a country composed of 50 states, a federal district, five major self-governing territories, and various possessions. At 3.8 million square miles, the United States is the world's third or fourth largest country by total area and is slightly smaller than the entire continent of Europe's 3.9 million square miles. With a population of over 327 million people, the U.S. is the third most populous country. The capital is Washington, D.C., and the largest city by population is New York. Forty-eight states and the capital's federal district are contiguous in North America between Canada and Mexico. The State of Alaska is in the northwest corner of North America, bordered by Canada to the east and across the Bering Strait from Russia to the west. The State of Hawaii is an archipelago in the mid-Pacific Ocean. The U.S. territories are scattered about the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, stretching across nine official time zones. The extremely diverse geography, climate, and wildlife of the United States make it one of the world's 17 megadiverse countries.
Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. Its ten provinces and three territories extend from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres, making it the world's second-largest country by total area. Canada's southern border with the United States is the world's longest bi-national land border. Its capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver. As a whole, Canada is sparsely populated, the majority of its land area being dominated by forest and tundra. Consequently, its population is highly urbanized, with over 80 percent of its inhabitants concentrated in large and medium-sized cities, many near the southern border. Canada's climate varies widely across its vast area, ranging from arctic weather in the north, to hot summers in the southern regions, with four distinct seasons.
The FEI World Cup Final is usually held in April of each year.
1979 Gothenburg (SWE)
Hugo Simon is an Olympic medal-winning show jumper who took part in six Olympics between 1972 and 1996. Before his first Olympic appearance, he competed for West Germany, but in 1972 became an Austrian citizen.
Eddie Macken is an Irish equestrian show jumper, who was a member of the Irish team - along with Paul Darragh, Capt. Con Power, and James Kernan – that won the Aga Khan Cup three years in a row. Other notable career highlights include a record four consecutive Hickstead Derby wins, two individual silver medals at the Show Jumping World Championships, 1974 with Pele and 1978 on Boomerang, and an individual silver medal at the 1977 European Championships with Pele. Macken has many major Grand Prix victories worldwide. Many of Macken's achievements were gained in partnership with his Irish bred gelding, Boomerang. From Macken's first rides with Boomerang as a four-year-old in 1970, the pair blazed a trail of wins that lasted a decade.
1980 Baltimore (USA)
Conrad Homfeld is an American show jumping competitor and Olympic champion.
Paul Schockemöhle is a former German showjumper. He is the brother of Alwin Schockemöhle, another leading German rider. He was three times European Champion on his best horse Deister. In 1990, Schockemöhle was secretly recorded poling horses, a practice which involves rapping a horse's legs with a pole to train it to jump higher. Poling is forbidden by the International Equestrian Federation, and spot checks were subsequently carried out at several other German training establishments.
1981 Birmingham, England (GBR)
Michael R. Matz is an American race horse trainer and former Olympic equestrian team member who was inducted into the show jumping Hall of Fame. He lives in Coatesville, Pennsylvania. As a trainer, he has scored two wins in the Classics, the 2012 Belmont Stakes with Union Rags and the 2006 Kentucky Derby with Barbaro. Matz also was named "person of the week" by ABC News for his heroism in saving four children from the crash of United Airlines Flight 232 in 1989 on which he was a passenger.
1982 Gothenburg (SWE)
John Whitaker MBE is a British equestrian and Olympian.
1983 Vienna (AUT)
1984 Gothenburg (SWE)
1985 Berlin (FRG)
1986 Gothenburg (SWE)
1987 Paris (FRA)
1988 Gothenburg (SWE)
1989 Tampa (USA)
1990 Dortmund (GER)
1991 Gothenburg (SWE)
1992 Del Mar (USA) (Final was held outdoors)
1993 Gothenburg (SWE)
1994 's-Hertogenbosch (NLD)
1995 Gothenburg (SWE)
1996 Geneve (SUI)
1997 Gothenburg (SWE)
1998 Helsinki (FIN)
1999 Gothenburg (SWE)
2000 Las Vegas (USA)
2001 Gothenburg (SWE)
2002 Leipzig (GER)
2003 Las Vegas (USA)
2004 Milan (ITA) 21 – 25 April
2005 Las Vegas (USA) 21 – 24 April
2006 Kuala Lumpur (MAS) 26 – 30 April
2007 Las Vegas (USA) 19 – 22 April
2008 Gothenburg (SWE) 24 – 27 April
2009 Las Vegas (USA) 15 – 19 April
2010 Le Grand-Saconnex near Geneva (SUI) 14 – 18 April
2011 Leipzig (GER) 27 April – 1 May
2012 's-Hertogenbosch (NLD) 19 April – 22 April
2013 Gothenburg (SWE) 24 April – 28 April, course designer Uliano Vezzani (ITA).
2014 Lyon (FRA) 17 April – 24 April, course designer Frank Rothenberger (GER).
2015 Las Vegas (USA) 16 April – 19 April, course designer Anthony d'Ambrosio (USA).
2016 Gothenburg (SWE) 23 March – 28 March, course designer Santiago Varela (ESP).
2017 Omaha (USA) 30 March – 2 April, course designer Alan Wade (IRL).
2018 Paris (FRA) 11 April – 15 April, course designer Santiago Varela (ESP).
The Gothia Cup is an international youth football tournament organized by professional football club BK Häcken, which has been held annually since 1975 in Gothenburg, Sweden. Considered the biggest tournament in the world in terms of participating teams, competing youth teams throughout the world enter the competition. The Gothia Cup is also Sweden’s largest annual event.
The individual jumping event, part of the equestrian program at the 2004 Summer Olympics, was held from 22 August to 27 August 2004 in the Olympic Equestrian Centre on the outskirts of Markopoulo in the Attica region of Greece. Like all other equestrian events, the jumping competition was mixed gender, with both male and female athletes competing in the same division.
Baloubet du Rouet was a horse ridden by the Brazilian show jumper Rodrigo Pessoa. He has won many international titles.
The Show Jumping World Championships, or the show jumping competition at the FEI World Equestrian Games, was started in 1953, with individual competition. In 1978 Team competitions began, and men and women began competing against one another. From 1990, show jumping was brought together along with the other equestrian disciplines into the World Equestrian Games (WEG). They are held every four years.
Rodrigo Pessoa is a Brazilian equestrian and show jumper. An Olympic gold-medalist in individual jumping, he is an accomplished rider backed by his 70 Grand Prix wins. He has represented Brazil at six Olympic Games. Rodrigo has just been announced by Horse Sport Ireland as the new Irish showjumping team manager.
Special Envoy was an Irish Sport Horse ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa. He won many top international competitions in the sport of show jumping. He stood 16.3 hh.
Galoubet A (1972–2005) was a horse ridden by the French rider Gilles-Bertran de Ballanda, in International show jumping and is a sire of show jumpers. He stood 17.0 hh (173 cm).
The CSIO Spruce Meadows' 'Masters' Tournament is an annual fall equestrian show jumping event held in Calgary, Alberta. It is highlighted by the BMO Financial Group Nations' Cup which offers a C$350,000 purse and is notable as "richest team show jumping event in the world" and also by the C$1,000,000 CN International. Total purse amounts for the Spruce Meadows 'Masters' amount to over $2 million making it one of the richest show jumping events in the world.
Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum is an American-born German equestrian who competes at the international level in show jumping.
Ludger Beerbaum is an internationally successful German equestrian who competes in show jumping and has been ranked the No. 1 Show Jumper in the world by the FEI on multiple occasions. He is also a four-time Olympic Gold medalist team and individual.
The FEI European Show Jumping Championships is the European Championship for the equestrian discipline of show jumping. First held in 1957 in Rotterdam, and on an annual basis, it is held every two years, on the years between Olympic Games and World Equestrian Games.
Elizabeth "Beezie" Madden is an American show jumping competitor and Olympic winner from Nelson, New York. She has collected four Olympic medals and won the FEI Show Jumping World Cup twice.
Denis Lynch is an Irish show jumper.
The 2008 FEI World Cup Jumping Final was the 30th final of the FEI World Cup Jumping show jumping series. It was held at the Scandinavium in Gothenburg, Sweden from April 24 to April 27, 2008 for the twelfth time during the 2008 Göteborg Horse Show. Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany won the event riding Shutterfly.
Steve Guerdat is a Swiss Olympic-level equestrian who competes in the sport of show jumping.
The 2010 FEI World Cup Jumping Final was the final of the FEI World Cup Jumping 2009/2010. It was the 32nd final of the FEI World Cup Jumping show jumping series and was held at the Palexpo in Le Grand-Saconnex near Geneva, Switzerland, from April 14 to April 18, 2010.
André Thieme is a German rider who competes in show jumping.