The Sacramento International Horse Show brings Olympic and international show jumping horses and riders to the Murieta Equestrian Center Nov. 6-9 to compete for over $150,000 in prize money and the opportunity to qualify for the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals. It's the first time the prestigious World Cup qualifying event has been held in the Sacramento region. Show organizers are offering discounted tickets to Rancho Murieta residents.
Competitors include Will Simpson, a member of the United States Olympic team. The U.S. team won a gold metal in show jumping at the 2008 Summer Olympics. Another connection to the Summer Olympics is the course itself. Olympic course designer Leopoldo Palacios will set the course of 15 obstacles, including a water jump.
More than 75 horses will compete in Thursday's competition, with the best horse-and-rider teams going on to compete in the World Cup qualifying event on Saturday. The World Cup finals will be held next year in Las Vegas.
The event takes place Nov. 6-9 at Murieta Equine Complex.
A speed ride-and-drive event is scheduled for Friday evening. Participants will ride horses through an obstacle course and then drive motorized vehicles. There will also be a jumping event featuring 10 progressively higher jumps.
Local favorites Hip Service will entertain at the post-event party after Saturday's World Cup qualifying event.
Sunday's events begin early in the morning with junior and children's classes competing in a grand prix. The show concludes Sunday afternoon.
The $100 badge for entry to all the show events is being offered to Murietans at a discounted price of $75 or $55 for Murieta Village residents. Individual ticket prices range from $9 for children under 16 to $40 for adults on Saturday.
Contact the Equestrian Center at 354-2119 for tickets. Additional information about the event is available here.