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 12 race series, with over €850,000 in prize money, is hosted by many of Europe’s premier racecourses, over unique combinations of hedges, banks, ditches and timber. The Challenge begins in late August at a packed Waregem Racecourse in Belgium, whilst the final race at Lion d’Angers in early May provided a fittingly thrilling result following races in France and visits to Poland, Italy, Ireland and to Czechia for the Velka Pardubika. Follow the leaderboard for placings.

Dates and venues for the 2024-25 Challenge will be posted during the summer.

“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 2024/2025 Meetings

Date Location Country Prize
27 August 2024 Waregem Belgium €80,000
1 September 2024 Craon France €75,000
28 September 2024 Merano Italy €40,000
13 October 2024 Pardubice Czech Republic €200,000
20 October 2024 Wroclaw Poland €40,000
11 November 2024 Compiègne France €48,000
13 December 2024 Cheltenham England €48,000
16 February 2025 Pau France €82,000
12 March 2025 Cheltenham England €74,000
28 March 2025 Fontainebleau France €57,000
1 May 2025 Punchestown Ireland €40,000
8 May 2025 Le Lion d'Angers France €100,000
Total €844,000