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 Poland, 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 – Fontainebleau – France

Crystal Cup Cross Country 2019

Date Location Country Prize
3rd February Pau France €70,000
13th March Cheltenham England €74,000
3rd April Fontainebleau France €40,000
30th May Lion-d'Angers France €112,000
2nd June Wroclaw Poland €40,000
27th August Waregem Belgium €100,000
1st September Craon France €75,000
28th September Merano Italy €40,000
13th October Pardubice Czech Republic €178,000
8th November Compiègne France €40,000
13th December Cheltenham England €48,000
Total €733,0000