A new world endurance series has been introduced with a top prize of $1million

A $1million World Masters endurance series modelled on worldwide championships like those available in golf and tennis has been launched by the FEI and Ambassador Endurance Management.

The series of 120km-130km events will be organised into five zones – Europe, North America and Canada, South America, Australia and New Zealand, and Asia (UAE and Middle East). Organisers are hoping that each zone will host a number of rides, with a target of 40 around the world.

Riders will be eligible to compete in up to 10 Masters rides and will be able to accumulate points. Prize-money will be offered to the top three horses in each event and to the zone champion at the end of the season.

Should any rider win three Masters events and then go on to win the World Cup Endurance Ride in March 2003, a top prize of US$1million will be on offer.

Organiser Faisal Seddiq Al Mutawa said that the series was part of an initiative to gain worldwide recognition for the sport and ultimately Olympic status.

  • Discussions are under way to secure a demonstration ride at the Athens Olympics in 2004. The UAE will host the World Championships in 2004.

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