In addition to the dressage and show-jumping competition, the network showed our skyline by day and at night, as well as the Old Market, the CenturyLink Center, the Gene Leahy Mall, the Bob Kerrey Pedestrian Bridge and the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium.
Cuoco, a California-born horseback rider, and boyfriend Karl Cook, an avid show jumper, posed for a personal photo in front of the Riley Building at 10th and Douglas Streets with “Omaha” on the side.
John Roche, World Cup director for the Fédération Equestre Internationale, said local organizers did an outstanding job putting together the championship.
As much as I begged for honesty, people seemed sincere in their verdict: Aside from the rainy weather, Omaha was nailing it.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale’s decision to showcase world-class horse jumping and dressage here could be the catalyst for bringing jumping and dressage into the local mainstream, said Lisa Yanney Roskens, chair of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation.
American McLain Ward clinched the FEI World Cup Jumping Finals at CenturyLink Center with two clear runs for his first World Cup win in 18 tries. McLain didn't commit a fault in three rounds over three days, going clean in all five runs.
For the first time in nearly a decade, Chip Davis tonight will pull out his drumsticks in public.
The most decorated Olympic dressage athlete will have to find space for some new hardware after the FEI World Cup dressage finals Saturday.
The FEI World Cup Dressage Finals took place on Saturday, April 1, 2017, at the CenturyLink Center in Omaha, Nebraska.
World Cup organizers say the competition has drawn fans from across the United States and overseas. But the event’s planners also expect that plenty of folks from Omaha — a city known for supporting big sporting events — will show up to check out horses in action in two Olympic equestrian categories: show jumping and dressage, also known as “horse ballet.”
McLain Ward’s path to his first FEI World Cup Jumping title — after 17 tries — became a lot clearer Friday at the CenturyLink Center.
Photos: Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final II
For American McLain Ward, Thursday’s opening round of the FEI World Cup Jumping Finals at the CenturyLink Center was about setting a tone for the rest of the weekend.
The 2017 World Cup Finals, Wednesday through Sunday at the CenturyLink Center, will draw equestrian fans from around the country and overseas for an event that could be described as the Super Bowl of horses. Riders and animals compete in two Olympic equestrian categories.
Photos: FEI World Cup Thursday jumping competition
Equine athletes attracted thousands to Aksarben races
About 6,750 all-session tickets have been sold. That’s about 450 short of the goal, said Mike West, CEO of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation, which is organizing the competition.
Todd Minikus grew up riding horses two hours down the road from Omaha in West Des Moines. This week the 54-year-old rider will compete for a world championship during an international equestrian competition at the CenturyLink Center.
Riders jump their horses during a training session for the FEI World Cup Finals Omaha 2017 at the CenturyLink Center on Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in Omaha.
After landing, the horses were trucked to temporary stables at the CenturyLink, where they will compete in the 2017 World Cup Finals, which runs Wednesday through Sunday.
Horses staying at the CenturyLink Center for an international equestrian championship will get TLC from people called grooms — the handlers keeping the animals happy, healthy and looking good during the 2017 World Cup Finals.
A half-dozen downtown-area hotels contacted by The World-Herald said the 2017 World Cup has boosted reservations and that rooms are sold out or nearly so for all or parts of the event.
The competition, March 29 through April 2, is billed as the equestrian equivalent of the Masters in golf or the U.S. Open in tennis. It is expected to draw fans from two dozen countries and across the United States to watch competition in two Olympic equestrian categories: show jumping and dressage, sometimes referred to as “horse ballet” because it tests horse-rider movements.
Horses based in Europe remain on schedule to land in Omaha on Saturday, an official with the Omaha Equestrian Foundation said Friday.
While other families mark their days with soccer practices and ballet recitals, dozens of kids in the Omaha area ride competitively. And many are no doubt excited about the international equestrian championship starting this month in Omaha.
Daily schedule of events for the 2017 FEI World Cup at CenturyLink Center Omaha.
A star of one of TV’s most popular shows, the daughter of the richest man in the world and some of the best horse riders on the planet. That’s part of the mix that fans are expected to see either in the stands or in the competition ring during an international equestrian championship starting this month in Omaha.
One Omahan had a vision and wouldn’t let go. Her name is Lisa Yanney Roskens, and she apparently wowed the international committee members with her 2014 presentation in Lausanne, Switzerland.
The flavor benefits the organization, which will play host to the World Cup, a competition that will draw top riders from around the world to Omaha this month.
Two local groups have won a contest to perform the national anthem during an international equestrian championship that starts this month in Omaha.
Organizers of the 2017 World Cup Finals, March 29 through April 2 at the CenturyLink Center Omaha, provided a jumping demonstration for media Tuesday at an indoor horse arena in the Elkhorn area.
Marcus Theatres’ Midtown Cinema will get in on the equine action when Omaha welcomes the Longines FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals March 29 through April 2.
The competition, March 29 through April 2 at the CenturyLink Center, is billed as the equestrian equivalent of the Masters in golf or the U.S. Open in tennis
Horses and riders from 20 countries will compete March 27 to April 2 at the CenturyLink Center in the Federation Equestre Internationale’s World Cup finals.
The Federation Equestre Internationale’s 2017 World Cup Finals is an annual international showdown among the world’s best horses and riders.
Sharon Classen and Kirk Peck will administer physical therapy to horses and riders at The International Omaha, the Omaha Equestrian Foundation’s annual horse jumping and dressage competition scheduled for May 5 to 7 this year at the CenturyLink Center.
The event was a preview of the International Omaha show jumping and dressage competition that will be held May 5-7 at the CenturyLink Center.
Omaha has set the stage for hosting international sporting events after successful turns hosting national-level championships.
The four-day 2017 World Cup Finals will be held at the CenturyLink Center and is expected to attract 80,000 people.
The coming International horse-jumping contest may help the city's bid.
Omaha may play host to an international equestrian competition in 2017 — that is, if the CenturyLink Center can beat out venues in London, Hong Kong and a Dutch city called 's-Hertogenbosch.
With this weekend's event, organizers of The International hope to build on last year's equestrian competition, which drew more than 8,500 spectators to the CenturyLink Center, and possibly make a bid for Omaha to host the next available World Cup Finals, in 2017.
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 29
Dressage Familiarization at 9:30 a.m.
Jumping Training Session at 2:00 p.m.
All vendor, dining and entertainment areas open Wednesday: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
THURSDAY, MARCH 30
Dressage Grand Prix at 2:00 p.m.
Jumping Final I (Jumping Speed Class) at 7:00 p.m.
All vendor, dining and entertainment areas open Thursday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
FRIDAY, MARCH 31
Dressage Showcase at 3:00 p.m.
Jumping Final II (Grand Prix) at 7:00 p.m.
All vendor, dining and entertainment areas open Friday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
SATURDAY, APRIL 1
Dressage Natural Horsemanship Clinic at 9:00 a.m.
Dressage Final (Dressage Freestyle to Music) – the event determining the FEI World Cup Final 2017 winner at 2:00 p.m.
Jumping Grand Prix competition at 7:00 p.m.
All vendor, dining and entertainment areas open Saturday 10 a.m. – 11 p.m.
SUNDAY, APRIL 2
Jumping Final III (Grand Prix Jumping Final) – event determining the Jumping Final 2017 winner at 2:00 p.m.
All vendor, dining and entertainment areas open Sunday 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.