FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Visit Fort Worth
Sr. Sports Marketing Manager
FORT WORTH TO HOST 2026 FEI JUMPING AND DRESSAGE
WORLD CUP FINALS
FORT WORTH, TEXAS (June 24, 2022) – The City of Fort Worth and Dickies Arena have been named the host for the April 2026 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final. This prestigious international equestrian event is expected to bring more than 60,000 spectators over the five days of competition with an estimated economic impact of more than $21 million dollars.
“This is a major win for the City of Fort Worth and further bolsters our position as one of the best destinations in the world to host equestrian events,” said Michael Crum, Director of Public Events for the City of Fort Worth.
The event was secured as part of a collaborative effort between the City of Fort Worth, Dickies Arena, the Fort Worth Sports Commission, Split Rock Jumping Tour and Visit Fort Worth. Previous U.S. Host cities include Omaha and Las Vegas. Most recently, the competition was held in Leipzig, Germany this past April. This marks yet another high-profile international event that has chosen Dickies Arena in a very competitive bidding process.
“Dickies Arena is excited to learn we will be hosting the 2026 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final and welcome their guests to our amazing city. This is yet another opportunity for Dickies Arena and Fort Worth to highlight that we are a player on the international event scene. We promised the city of Fort Worth we would bring in an array of top notch events and we are making good on that promise with this incredible event,” said Matt Homan, General Manager and President of Trail Drive Management Corporation, the not-for-profit entity managing Dickies Arena.
The competition will be broadcast to over 130 countries with more than 800 million impressions expected across all media platforms. More than 20 million people tuned in to watch the 2019 Final in Gothenburg, Sweden. The FEI World Cup Finals typically attracts anywhere from 250 – 450 members of the international media.
“We are extremely grateful to the FEI selection committee that chose Fort Worth and we are very excited about the opportunity to welcome their riders, sponsors and fans to our great city,” said Jason Sands, executive director of the Fort Worth Sports Commission, a division of Visit Fort Worth.
Jumping and Dressage are two of the eight disciplines governed globally by the FEI and are also represented in the Olympic games. Dressage is part of the Paralympic games, and Jumping is part of the
Youth Olympic Games. The City of Fort Worth and Dickies Arena are honored to host these prestigious equestrian sports. FEI (Fédération Équestre Internationale) is based in Lausanne, Switzerland.
About City of Fort Worth Public Events
The City of Fort Worth Public Event Department manages the operations of the Office of Outdoor Events, the Fort Worth Convention Center and Arena, and the Will Rogers Memorial Center and Coliseum. The Will Rogers campus, a 120-acre renowned equestrian and event facility anchoring the city’s Cultural District, plays host to a variety of corporate, educational, agricultural and sporting events, including many international and grand-scale shows.
About Dickies Arena
Dickies Arena is a 14,000 seat, spectacular multipurpose venue that was built in 2019 and recently nominated for Arena of the Year by both Pollstar Magazine and the Academy of Country Music Awards. The arena is owned by the City of Fort Worth and managed by the not-for-profit operating entity, Trail Drive Management Corp. (TDMC). The facility is the result of a pioneering public-private partnership between the City of Fort Worth, Tarrant County, the State of Texas and a group of private-sector participants, including foundations, individuals and organizations. The arena is located adjacent to the Will Rogers Memorial Center campus in Fort Worth, Texas. The state-of-the-art arena hosts concerts, sporting events and family entertainment, and is home to Fort Worth Stock Show Rodeo performances. For more information, visit www.DickiesArena.com.
About Split Rock Jumping Tour
The Split Rock Jumping Tour’s objective is to produce a world-class experience for riders,
owners, sponsors and spectators alike. Based upon the European model, SRJT events are family
and community oriented. Europe is the hub of show jumping in large part because of the way
families and communities take the time to bond through their collective passion and recognition
of the sport. SRJT provides international, national and young U.S. riders with the opportunity
to gain valuable FEI points and experience while allowing them to compete in this important
About the Fort Worth Sports Commission
The Fort Worth Sports Commission advances the city as an international sports destination. A division of Visit Fort Worth, the Sports Commission attracts youth, collegiate, and professional events that deliver economic impact and boost Fort Worth’s image. The Commission supports the development of and access to facilities that enhance the quality of life for all of Fort Worth. For more information, visit FortWorthSports.com and follow on Instagram @FortWorthSports and their Twitter account @FortWorthSports.