The Riders Masters Cup is a new innovative show jumping competition between the two major equestrian powers: the United States 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 competition will alternate locations between Europe and the United States each season.
The first edition of the Riders Masters Cup will take place on Saturday, December 2, during the Longines Masters of Paris. The competition will continue on to the United States for the next round on April 28, 2018 at the Longines Masters of New York.
For this first edition, the composition of the teams is entrusted to Robert Ridland for the American team and Philippe Guerdat for the European 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 one point 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 two points for the winning team.