Fresh Cash Pumped Into 2024 World Cup Finals - Biggest Purse in World Cup History

Wed, 12/27/2023 - 19:01
The FEI Dressage World Cup trophy :: Photo ©FEI/Richard Juilliart

-- FEI press release, edited by Eurodressage

In a landmark moment in FEI World Cup history, the organisers of the Jumping and Dressage World Cup Finals, scheduled to be held in Riyadh (Saudi Arabia) between 16-20 April 2024, have contributed to a groundbreaking increase in prize money for the competitors. 

400,000 € for Dressage - 2.6 Million € for Show Jumping

The pot for the Jumping World Cup Final already sits at an impressive 1.3 million Euros. Now thanks to a generous donation by the Organising Committee, the prize money for the 2024 Jumping Final will be doubled, reaching an extraordinary total of 2.6 million Euros.

This significant increase in prize money - the highest amount ever seen at a World Cup Final - is likely to be a one-time opportunity, making the 2024 World Cup Finals  in Riyadh an exceptional and unprecedented event.  It also highlights the Organisers’ dedication in welcoming the global equestrian community to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and for the first time as hosts of the FEI World Cup™ Finals.

The  World Cup Dressage Final will also benefit from a substantial boost, with an additional 100,000 Euros being injected into its prize fund. The Dressage prize money - already set at 300,000 Euros - will now be bolstered to an impressive 400,000 Euros.

"The FEI is Privileged"

FEI Secretary General, Sabrina Ibáñez expressed that:

“The FEI is privileged to have the Saudi Arabian Equestrian Federation as a key ally in equestrian sport, and there is no doubt they are fully onboard when it comes to raising the bar for the  FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final and the FEI Dressage World Cup™ Final 2024 to an unprecedented competitive level."

"The generous welcome of the equestrian community to Saudi Arabia, coupled with the wonderful commitment made by the Organising Committee to the growth and success of the sport, will foster a spirit of excellence," said Ibáñez.

FEI's Arms Open to Initiatives from Saudi Arabia

Riyadh, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia as a whole, has been emerging as a formidable host for equestrian events for some time.

In 2023, Riyadh successfully hosted 11 FEI events, with the momentum continuing in 2024 with another 12 planned, as well as the city of Al Ula set to host the FEI Endurance World Championship in 2026, as announced at the FEI Board Meeting in Mexico City (MEX) last month.  (Editor's note: Horse Sport posted in June 2023 that Saudi Arabia Endurance Event has 47% Positive Drug Tests, the greatest number of positives ever returned from a single FEI event in any discipline.)

No stranger to the world stage in equestrian sport, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia has already clinched two Olympic medals in Jumping – an individual bronze in Sydney in 2000 and a team bronze in London in 2012.  More recently, they secured their Jumping team a place in the Paris 2024 Olympic Games at the Olympic Qualification Event in Doha (QAT) in February 2023, and took gold in both team and individual Jumping at the Asian Games in Hangzhou (CHN) this year.

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