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Equestrian Sports: The World's 5 Best Circuits

Droitwich Editorial 19th Apr, 2024   0

If you’re new to equestrian sports, you might be delighted to learn that the finest riders on the planet meet almost every weekend to battle it out on beautiful courses. The high-level competitions are part of popular circuits, which offer a tough challenge for riders and an exciting sport for onlookers.

However, you’ll need to travel to attend the events, as many circuits are hosted in various destinations worldwide. Choose wisely by learning about the five best circuits in equestrian sports.

The Longines Masters

The Longines Masters changed show jumping, as it shines an international spotlight on the equestrian sport. The CEO of EEM, Christophe Ameeuw, and his forward-thinking team took inspiration from tennis’s Grand Slam format and debuted the event at the Gucci Paris Masters in 2009. Since then, the master’s event has gone global, and every year riders will compete in three stages in three major cities: Paris, Hong Kong, and New York. Every rider knows how to put on a show to win the prestigious circuit, which has a €4,500,000 prize pot, so it will be hard to know who to back when browsing the best betting sites nzhttps://www.bonuscode.co.nz/. Plus, there are bonuses for those who win the Grand Slam feats.

The FEI World Cup

The indoor FEI World Cup circuit has been held annually each winter since 1978. The circuits are organised by each of its 16 leagues, and every participating rider will earn points to qualify for the final. 40 talented riders compete in the final, which changes location each year, and has a prize pot of £2.6 million.

Event Rider Masters

Equestrian enthusiasts cannot get enough of the Event Rider Masters, as the finest CCE riders will strive to win the event and receive the £350,000 prize money. The circuit is spread across six stages, and only 40 riders are accepted per competition, apart from Wiesbaden which accepts 30.  The FEI ranking will determine the starters, but the event reserves two places for Olympic champions and CCI 4* winners from the past ten years.

The Global Champions Tour

The Global Champions Tour unites the world’s best riders in stunning spots, such as Miami, Madrid, Saint Tropez, Monaco, Paris, Cannes, and Rome, to name a few destinations.

The event’s motto is “Only the best for the best,” meaning you can expect exceptional show jumping across its 17 stages. Launched in 2005, the competition has been a CSI 5* since 2007, and the winning teams for each competition can walk away with €200,000.

The FEI Nations Cup Circuit

The FEI Nations Cup is old but gold, as it is the oldest team challenge in equestrian sports, dating back to 1909. Teams from various corners of the globe will compete at the prestigious event in the hope of winning the sought-after Cup. The Nations Cup welcomes the three Olympic disciplines, and there’s even a circuit for young show jumpers to showcase their skills. The show jumping circuit is comprised of six leagues held across the world, with 20 teams earning a place in the final in Barcelona.

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