The Riders Masters Cup is a new innovative show jumping competition between the two major equestrian powers: the Americas and Europe in a never before seen transatlantic battle.
Created by EEM and organized in partnership with the European Equestrian Federation (EEF), this transatlantic confrontation will see two teams composed of the best riders and horses on the planet square off in competition.
The fifth edition of the Riders Masters Cup took place on Friday, December 6, during the Longines Masters of Paris.
The composition of the teams is entrusted to Henrik Ankarcrona for the European team and Robert Ridland for the Americas team. A spectacular and strategic competition, the Riders Masters Cup will pit five American riders against five European riders in ten duels of a two-round class.
The first round is played as table table A of a Grand Prix course. The starting order and the composition of the duels are drawn at random. Each duel won in this round brings 10 points to the winning team.
The second round is against the clock where the strategy and choices of team leaders are paramount. During this round, riders are allowed to switch from a Grand Prix horse to a horse that may be more prepared for speed. The coach of the losing team in the first round designates his first rider to go and the winning team has the advantage of choosing his first direct opponent. It then switches for the next round. Each duel that is won accumulates 20 points for the winning team.