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Omaha Equestrian Foundation Announces Qualifying Events for 2019-2020 Init2Winit Speed Jumping Series

 
Third Annual Series Expanded to Include Six Qualifying Events
 
Omaha, Nebraska – (April 5, 2019) – The Omaha Equestrian Foundation (OEF) is delighted to announce the list of qualifying events for its highly popular InIt2Winit Speed Jumping Series, which has been expanded to include six events for the 2019-2020 Series. At these events, riders will have the opportunity to earn a chance to ride in the grand finale, the thrilling $100,000 InIt2Winit Championship which will be held during the 2020 Burlington Capital International Omaha on Friday, April 10, 2020 at the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska, home of the highly acclaimed 2017 FEI World Cup™ Finals.
The Init2Winit Speed Jumping Series
Designed to give riders from the Midwest more opportunities to compete at a higher level while staying in the region, the InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series is a series of 1.40-meter speed jumping events sanctioned by the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF). While four of the qualifiers return from last year, the third annual InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series will feature two new events among the six qualifiers.
 
Pending final USEF approval, the 2019-2020 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Series Qualifying Events include:  
1.    September 28, 2019 - Great Southwest Fall Classic, Katy, TX
2.    October 3, 2019 - Minnesota Harvest Horse Show, St. Paul, MN
3.    October 10, 2019 - American Royal, Kansas City, MO
4.    November 14, 2019 - AON/USHJA National Championship Horse Show, Las Vegas, NV
5.    January 18, 2020 - National Western Stock Show, Denver, CO
6.    March 31 or April 1, 2020 - Royal Manitoba Winter Fair, Brandon, Manitoba, Canada
April 10, 2020 - $100,000 InIt2WinIt Speed Jumping Championship at Burlington Capital International Omaha
(Note: The OEF reserves the right to replace qualifying events or add additional qualifying events with USEF review and approval.)
“We are thrilled with how popular and successful our InIt2Winit Series has become in such a short time and we are so excited about expanding the Series to include six qualifying events for our third season,” commented Lisa Roskens, OEF founder and chairman. “The Series is doing what we set out to do – give Midwestern riders more opportunities to compete at higher levels in the region, and to offer them the chance compete for top prize money at a top-class venue.”
 
How to Qualify
Riders qualify by placing in the top four (4) at any one of the six Qualifying Events of the Series. If any or all of the top four (4) placed riders of a Qualifying Event have already qualified, the next rider in order will qualify. A rider need not compete in all events to qualify. Qualified riders may enter up to two horses in the Championship; however, each horse must have competed in one of the six Qualifying Events of the Series. 
 
There will be twelve (12) Wild Cards. Five (5) Wild Cards will be given at the discretion of the Omaha Equestrian Foundation. Six (6) Wild Cards will be given from the Organizers of the six Qualifying Events in the Series (one from each event). A final (1) Wild Card will be given by the lead sponsor of the Series. 
 
Prize Money/Credits for Qualifying Events: 
  • A minimum of $15,000 for each qualifying event based on sponsor requirements at each event. 
  • Each qualified rider may earn a credit of $250 for each qualifying event in which they compete. 
  • It will be credited against their entries at the International Omaha if they enter and compete in the Init2Winit Championship event.
  • There will be a cap on any total credit amount per rider of $1,000.
 
The Championship
The 2019-2020 series will conclude with the $100,000 InIt2Winit Championship held during the 2020 Burlington Capital International Omaha. The championship will be a USEF sanctioned Table III 1.40m faults converted speed competition. The Qualifying Events and the Championship will use a 4 seconds conversion for each rail.  It will be the featured competition of the evening. The Championship will be limited to no more than 45 horse/rider combinations. 
 
The Midwest’s ‘Biggest Horse Event,’ the Burlington Capital International Omaha takes place at the CHI Health Center Arena and Convention Center. The event features everything under one roof – stabling, warm-up, competition arena, educational and exhibit area, demonstrations, dining venues, as well as fantastic shopping opportunities. 
Further information is available at www.internationalomaha.com.