Equestrian Australia has announced the launch of a new National Series in Eventing and Jumping.
The Dual Crown will offer athletes a unique opportunity to participate in a National Series and compete for big prize money and allow some of Australia’s leading equine events to take their offerings to the next level. It is also hoped the series will bring the sports to new audiences.
The Dual Crown will offer riders the opportunity to collect points at officially sanctioned events with prize money and incentives on offer to those who top their respective discipline’s leader board at the end of the series.
In its inaugural year, Dual Crown champions will be determined by using results from the Australian International Three Day Event in Adelaide (including the Jumping World Cup), the Melbourne International Three Day Event and the Australian Show Jumping Championships.
Equestrian Australia Chief Executive Officer, Paula Ward said the Dual Crown was an exciting concept that would offer new opportunities for the sport. She commented: “We are very pleased to be introducing the Dual Crown in 2016, with the finale to be hosted in Adelaide South Australia. Bringing in this series model, allows riders to accumulate points and financial rewards throughout the course of the season. This model is intended to raise the profile of the sport for participants, spectators and commercial partners alike and we look forward to growing this over the coming years.
“Equestrian Australia continually looks at ways that we can work collectively with our community to maximise opportunities available and implement new and exciting initiatives to keep progressing this wonderful sport and this is another step forward in that process. I would also like to thank Events SA for their support in bringing this series to life.”