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 #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