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Schooling, Tradition, and Equestrian Sport Converge at FEI World Cup Finals for Omaha’s Youth

Younger followers on the FEI World Cup Finals in Omaha (USA) in 2017 – Picture Credit score: AJ Olnes.

Greater than 80 of the world’s high athletes from the disciplines of Leaping, Dressage, and Vaulting will congregate on the CHI Well being Middle Omaha in Nebraska (USA) for the FEI World Cup™ Finals, the place, over the course of 5 days, they are going to compete for the last word honour of changing into FEI World Cup Champion of their respective disciplines – a title steeped in historical past – in entrance of an enthusiastic crowd and world media from around the globe.

However for the greater than 1,000 elementary college college students sure for the occasion by way of the Omaha Equestrian Basis’s (OEF) discipline journey programme, the occasion would possibly mark the primary time a number of kids ever get to put eyes on a sport horse.

Thirty-eight faculties and homeschool programmes will go to the Finals with a principally educational goal — and a little bit of homework.

OEF has partnered with Prairie Stem to create STEAM (Science, Know-how, Engineering, Arts, and Arithmetic) kits for college students to create previous to attending the Finals. Primarily based out of Omaha, Prairie Stem is an education-based non-profit organisation that seeks to enhance vital considering and creativity in college students, from Pre-Kindergarteners to highschool seniors.

The World Cup-themed STEAM Kits problem college students to create their very own working horse carousel in considered one of 4 designs: Dressage, Leaping, Vaulting, and Lakota painted horse — a nod to Omaha’s cultural historical past.

The Lakota, a Native American folks, have been amongst Nebraska’s earliest settlers, and Lakota is a dialect of the indigenous language, Sioux. “Omaha” means “to go towards the present” in Sioux, a nod to the Omaha tribe’s journey to the Nebraska territory. The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska thrived by way of the 1700s and have been identified for his or her looking and farming. Right this moment, the Omaha reservation situated in Macy, NE is residence to about 3,000 residents.

Among the many discipline journey reveals for visiting college students will reference Omaha’s Native American roots, from a full-size fiberglass horse (to exhibit Lakota symbology), Native American tribal artifacts, and stay and visible storytellers.

They can even be uncovered to equestrian sport and horsemanship. College students will get palms on with grooming and obtain an introduction to horse care, go on a digital journey utilizing Digital Actuality headsets, and discover quite a lot of equine and agricultural profession paths.

“We really feel that a vital a part of working such traditionally vital occasions such because the FEI World Cup Finals is to encourage and educate the following era of equestrian athletes and horse lovers,” stated Julie Boilesen, CEO of Equestrian Omaha. “The equine legacy in Omaha is deep-rooted in our tradition and historical past, so we’re proud to honour our equine athletes by introducing our youth to them on this manner.”

The legacy continues for Omaha after internet hosting the FEI World Cup Finals™ again in 2017, and they’re offering the children with undoubtedly one of many extra distinctive sorts of classroom, because the younger college students might be studying within the area and education space from a number of the greatest equestrian athletes on the earth.  As they expertise horsemanship and our majestic equine athletes up shut and private – priceless classes that may stick with them for a very long time to return.

Maybe it would mark the beginning of an equestrian pursuit for just a few younger, stargazing college students.

The 2023 FEI World Cup™ Finals is ready for 4-8 April 2023 in Omaha. To study extra, go to https://omaha2023.fei.org/.

By Catie Staszak


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