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. Come join us for shopping, food, interactive displays and experience a one of a kind expo.
Interactive exhibits include:
American Paint Association “Paint Horse Pete”
Kiewit Foundation 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-A face-to-muzzle encounter with horses sponsored by the McGowan Family Foundation. 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. ( See below for demonstration times) . Featuring horses: Percheron, Arbian, Friesian, miniatures, American Saddlebred, Fjord, Percheron/Thoroughbred Cross
Daytime Competition – Watch Speed and classic competition (see below for times)
Entertainment - Omaha Street Percussion, instrumental entertainment by Escape from Alcajazz and Bobby Kunkle. (see below for time)
Parade of Horses – On Saturday, a showcase of horse breeds will be paraded in the practice arena. (see below for times)
Horse Talking Points – The Basic The history of show jumping, facts and interesting information on horses is presented with an opportunity for questions and answers. (see below for times)
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 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 and win prizes. Mini Jumps made by Cormaci Construction, Inc
Union Pacific Train Safety – Safety demonstrations for trains and railroad tracks.
Oriental Trading Treasure Hunt - Seek out each super-secret hunt location and get your treasure map stamped for a prize.
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!
J. Skinner Baking Company Mini-Jumps – Come have fun and jump over mini-jumps. Mini jumps made by Cormaci Construction Inc.
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.
Nebraska Tourism Commission – Jump on a saddle and compete with ”My Horse & Me: Riding for Gold” for Wii.
please see show jumping 101 tab for definitions for the below events or click on the link
World-renowned artist Matthew Placzek created the Grand Prix trophy.