July 9, 2008 — The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has awarded the 2010 Final of the Rolex FEI World Cup™ Jumping to Geneva, Switzerland. This event, which will be held April 14-18, 2010, is the second FEI World Cup Jumping Final to take place in the Swiss city after a first in 1996.
“It is a great recognition for all of us on the organizing committee and our 700 volunteers,” said Geneva CSI-W Sports Director Alban Poudret.
The Geneva Internataional Horse Show, or le Concours Hippique International de Genève as it is known locally, is one of the world’s very best indoor competitions. It was the venue of the IJRC Top 10 Final for seven years in a row. The year 2010 will certainly be big for Geneva since, apart from hosting the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping Final, the event will also celebrate its 50th anniversary.
The other cities that had applied alongside Geneva were Lyon, France, and s’Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.
The 2009 FEI World Cup Finals in both show jumping and dressage will be held in Las Vegas, Nev., at the Thomas & Mack Center, April 15-19, 2009.
In April 2007, more than 85,000 spectators flocked to Las Vegas to attend the Rolex FEI World Cup Jumping and Dressage Finals. Individuals representing 25 countries and all 50 of the United States purchased tickets for the finals, bringing a true international feel to the weekend’s competition.
The success of that event, combined with the success of the finals held in Las Vegas in 2000, 2003 and 2005, precipitated the return of the finals to Las Vegas in 2009.