The Crystal Cup

The Crystal Cup European Cross Country Challenge was a new initiative developed in 2010 that brings together the finest international horses and riders to reward the most successful stable in cross country steeple chasing.

The 10 race series, with over 700,000 Euros in prize money, will be hosted by many of Europe’s premier racecourses, over unique combinations of hedges, banks, ditches and timber. The Challenge begins in Pau in South West France in February. The final race is at Cheltenham in December following four further races in France and visits to Ireland, Belgium, Italy and to the Czech Republic for the Velka Pardubika.

“France is proud to be involved in this exciting, six-nation initiative, that brings together Europe’s leading Cross Country racecourses to celebrate the most successful stable in the 10 chosen races”. Jean d’Indy, Vice Chairman of France Galop.

Next Race- Cheltenham

Crystal Cup Cross Country 2016

Date Location Country Prize
7th February Pau France €70,000
6th April Fontainebleau France €40,000
28th April Punchestown Ireland €30,000
5th May Lion-d'Angers France €112,000
30th August Waregem Belgium €100,000
4th September Craon France €75,000
24th September Merano Italy €40,000
9th October Pardubice Czech Republic €178,000
12th November Compiègne France €40,000
9th December Cheltenham England €48,000
Total €733,0000