On this #FlashbackFriday we look back at the year 2005, when Las Vegas hosted the first-ever combined FEI World Cup™ Finals in Dressage and Show Jumping. Dutch riders hold the record for the most wins in the Dressage Final with a total of 12 wins since the Final was first held in 1986 and no other competitor has come close to matching the record of Anky van Grunsven. Anky has won a record nine World Cup titles with the seventh of those coming at the Las Vegas Final in 2005! Riding her legendary Olympic gold medal partner, Bonfire, Anky won the World Cup™ Final in 1995, 1996, 1997, 1999, and 2000. She then went on to claim back-to-back- to-back titles aboard her other gold medal Olympic partner, Salinero, in 2004, 2005, and 2006, and added one more for icing on the cake in 2008. Anky and Salinero turned in an outstanding performance during the Dressage Final’s debut in the “Entertainment Capital of the World” in 2005, clinching victory in front of a sold-out crowd of over 11,500 people! Photos: Anky van Grunsven and Salinero claim victory at the 2005 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Final in Las Vegas

The next edition of Inside the World Cup with Marty Bauman features the story of Rodrigo Pessoa pursuing the three-peat at the 2000 FEI World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. For more, please visit http://bit.ly/1AHHFYW.

On this #MartyMonday we would like to congratulate Ingmar De Vos of Belgium as the newly elected President of the Federation Equestre Internationale (FEI). De Vos was elected to a four-year term yesterday on the final day of the FEI General Assembly in Baku, Azerbaijan, earning 98 out of a possible 131 votes. We are proud to be hosting one of the FEI’s marquee events next April and look forward to welcoming President De Vos to Las Vegas for the 2015 FEI World Cup™ Finals! Photo: Ingmar De Vos © Liz Gregg/FEI

On this #FlashbackFriday we focus on Canadian show jumping legend Ian Millar who was the first rider ever to win back-to-back World Cup titles. “Captain Canada” won the Finals in 1988 in Gothenburg, Sweden and 1989 in Tampa, USA, both with his Hall of Fame horse, “Big Ben.” Millar has competed in 14 FEI World Cup Finals since 1980, six with “Big Ben.” Millar has competed in a record 10 Olympic Games, and won his first Olympic Medal, a Team Silver, at the age of 61. He has competed in four FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG), including this year’s Games in Normandy, France. Still competitive on the international circuit, as his win in this year’s $1.5 Million CP International Grand Prix at the Spruce Meadows Masters CSIO 5* proves, Millar, should he win the 2015 FEI World Cup Final in Las Vegas, would become the fifth rider with three World Cup Finals wins, joining Austria’s Hugo Simon, Brazil’s Rodrigo Pessoa, and Marcus Ehning and Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum of Germany. What sets Millar apart is that he would become the oldest rider to win a World Cup Final, pulling it off at age 68! We’re sure not betting against him! Photo caption: “Captain Canada” Ian Millar and Big Ben in 1989

In this week’s #MartyMonday we are thrilled to congratulate the FEI World Cup™ competitors that are dominating the nominations in national all-sports awards across Europe. 2014 FEI World Cup™ Dressage Champion Charlotte Dujardin of Great Britain, also an Olympic, European and World Champion, has already won the Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year award, and is also nominated for the BBC Sports Personality of the Year and the BT Sport’s Action Woman of the Year award. Bertram Allen, Ireland’s teenage show jumping superstar, has been nominated for the Irish Independent Young Sports Star of the Year award. The Netherlands’ Sport Gala has featured top equestrians in four of six categories including Olympic champion Jeroen Dubbeldam, who won double gold medals at the 2014 World Equestrian Games (WEG), and is the Netherlands’ first-ever Jumping World Champion. Dubbeldam is nominated for the Best Male Athlete award and also in the Best Team category along with his WEG gold medal winning teammates Jur Vrieling, Maikel van der Vleuten and Gerco Schroder. We wish these top riders the best of luck in winning these well-deserved awards and look forward to seeing them compete for the title of FEI World Cup™ Champion in Las Vegas next April! Photo caption: Charlotte Dujardin © FEI/Arnd Bronkhorst/Pool Pic; Bertram Allen © Hippo Foto Team - Leanjo De Koster/FEI; Jeroen Dubbeldam © Hippo Foto Team - Jon Stroud

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