The International Omaha
The International Omaha will host free daytime jumping competitions and family fun activities including a free expo, shopping, food, music and fun over the weekend of April 11th & 12th 2014 held at the CenturyLink in Omaha Nebraska. Friday and Saturday evening ticketed events will feature spectacular opening ceremonies followed by the pinnacle evening competitions.
The RFD-TV Expo (free to the public)
The International Omaha is not only an incredible equestrian competition, but the RFD-TV Expo provides educational opportunities for emerging athletes and everyone of all ages. Interactive exhibits include:
American Paint Association “Paint Horse Pete”
Kiewit U.S. Cavalry Association Exhibit – Join members of the United States Cavalry Association as they take you on a journey of Cavalry living history from the 1840′s to the 1940′s through interactive exhibits and hands-on historical artifacts.
The National Pony Club Exhibit – An introduction to this exciting sport where you will learn the basics of horse jumping rules, point scoring, obstacles, faults, disqualifications and types of courses. Measure a horse, learn about horse management and care, nutrition, grooming, riding safety and tack.
Gallery of Breeds- Presented by our young horse enthusiasts, meet a variety of horse breeds face to muzzle and learn about the characteristics which make each of them unique. Hourly demonstrations of grooming, veterinary care, braiding a tail, farrier, horse trainer, Friesian breed used as a war horse and therapy horses will be featured.
Daytime Competition – Watch Speed and Grand Prix competition
Entertainment - Omaha Street Percussion and instrumental entertainment by Escape from Alcajazz and Paul Hoagbin.
Parade of Horses – On Saturday, a showcase of horse breeds will be paraded in the practice arena.
101 Talking Points - The history of show jumping, facts and interesting information on horses is presented with an opportunity for questions and answers.
Gallery of Breeds Museum – Introduction by the Blue Ribbon Group of stall displays featuring tack and clothing for the English and Western disciplines
Touch-A-Tack – Touch and feel a bridle or a bit or a spur, examine the weight of a horsehoe, see the grains and hay a horse eats, compare a horse brush to your own.
Mane Street – Where English Meets Western – An interactive exhibit where you can learn the differences between the two disciplines of riding – English and Western saddle through their tack, clothing, and movement of the horse. Try on clothes and have your “antique” photo taken, sit on the two types of saddles, pose in a western and english riding photo, meet a veterinary technician and learn about the digestive system and aging a horse. Members of the Morgans Club will offer hands-on kids horse activites and the Douglas County Historical Society will present a historical perspective of equine history.
CenturyLink Horseless Mini-Jumps – Test your jumping skills over the competitive mini-jumps made by Cormaci Construction.
Union Pacific Train Safety – Safety demonstrations for trains and railroad tracks.
Oriental Trading International U Treasure Hunt – Find all the treasure locations throughout the expo and stamp your treasure map for a prize and a diploma from the International U School of Horse Sense.
Millard North Mustangs – Meet Missy and Big Blue the Millard North Mustang inflatable horse mascots
UNL Rodeo Association – Club members will teach you the techniques for roping a steer!
Horseless Mini Jump Area – Come and jump over a variety of mini jumps made by Cormaci Construction.
University of Nebraska Medical Center - Place your hands under the ‘germ machine’ to see if germs are present. An ultra-violet light shows particles on hands if they’re dirty. UNMC Science Festival representatives also will teach kids about the importance of frequent hand washing.
International Video – Learn the sport of show jumping and scoring in this video presentation along with a “Meet the Gallery of Breeds horses” narrated by our Blue Ribbon group.
The two types of competition you will see at the International are The Battle in the Saddle and The Grand Prix.The Battle in the Saddle on Friday night is where you will witness the biggest, fastest and most difficult speed derby competition when the best riders and horses go head to head over the hardest speed course of the day set at nearly 5′ in height. The fastest horse to jump the course without lowering any obstacles wins. The Grand Prix, on Saturday night, literally translated from French, means the Grand Prize. This is the classic of all the classics. It is open to any rider who can tackle the most difficult course of the competition. It is run under the same format as the lower classics, but will test horses and riders skill, determination and guts more than any other class at the International.
please see show jumping 101 tab for definitions for the below events or click on the link
7:00am: Local Day competition
9:00am: RFD-TV Expo opens
Speed Day competition (no ticket required)
9:00am: RFD-TV Expo opens
Classic Prix Day competition (no ticket required)
7:00pm: The Grand Prix Evening Competition (tickets required)
World-renowned artist Matthew Placzek created the Grand Prix trophy.