The Crystal Cup European Cross Country Challenge brings together the finest international horses and riders to reward the most successful stable in cross country steeple chasing.

The 11 race series, with over 800,000 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 11 chosen races”

Jean d’Indy, Vice Chairman of France Galop.

Crystal Cup 2021 Meetings

Date Location Country Prize
7 February 2021 Pau France €70,000
17 March 2021 Cheltenham England €74,000
3 April 2021 Fontainebleau France €40,000
13 May 2021 Lion-d'Angers France €112,000
31 August 2021 Waregem Belgium €70,000
5 September 2021 Craon France €75,000
25 September 2021 Merano Italy €40,000
10 October 2021 Pardubice Czech Republic TBC
16 October 2021 Wroclaw Poland €40,000
13 November 2021 Compiègne France €48,000
10 December 2021 Cheltenham England €48,000
Total €825,000