The United States Eventing Association (USEA) and the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF), with input from the Professional Riders’ Organization (PRO), have joined forces to launch the Adequan Gold Cup Signature Series (GCSS).
The GCSS will include many elite CIC3* events in the US that will each offer at least $25,000 in prize money, culminating with a GCSS final with an unprecedented total purse. Competitors will accrue points at each leg of the series with a leaderboard tracking rankings throughout the year. Leaderboard rankings will then secure riders a spot in the final to be held in conjunction with the American Eventing Championships.
Designed to showcase the best eventing athletes in the US, build awareness of the sport and create an unmatched competition experience, the GCSS will work to ensure the long-term growth and sustainability of eventing. In addition, the USEA and USEF are jointly developing key corporate relationship strategies for acquiring and retaining GCSS sponsorship.
Phillip Dutton, 2016 Olympic individual bronze medalist and GCSS Steering Committee member, commented: “I am very excited about the launch of the Adequan Gold Cup Signature Series. As we look to be successful on the world stage as a nation, it is vital that we elevate the profile of the sport at home. The GCSS will give horses and riders a great opportunity to test themselves at elite competitions, as well as build an even stronger support and fan base.”
The inaugural GCSS will likely feature six to 10 premier CIC3* competitions beginning in September 2017 and will culminate at the Final slated for the fall of 2018. The GCSS Steering Committee will select participating events through a bidding process with an announcement made on the successful venues made at the USEA Annual Meeting in December 2016.