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 –  Cheltenham Racecourse

Crystal Cup Cross Country 2018

Date Location Country Prize
4th February Pau France €70,000
14th March Cheltenham England €74,000
4th April Fontainebleau France €40,000
10th May Lion-d'Angers France €112,000
10th June Wroclaw Poland €40,000
28th August Waregem Belgium €100,000
2nd September Craon France €75,000
29th September Merano Italy €40,000
14th October Pardubice Czech Republic €178,000
9th November Compiègne France €40,000
14th December Cheltenham England €48,000
Total €733,0000