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The Riders Tour is an annual show jumping competition series in Europe. In the series, the top 30 show jumper equestrians in the world spend several months competing and earning points at some of the toughest Grand Prixs competitions in Europe. The Tour was first held in 2000, and now gives out the largest amount of prize money of any series in show jumping.
The Tour consists of eight of the most difficult horse shows in Europe. Competitors have a chance to win points for the tour by competing in the Sunday Grand Prix at each event. Those eligible for the tour are the top 30 riders in the world rankings, and the top ten on the RT rankings after the first stage. At the end of the eight competitions, the best six placings of the competitor are tabulated into points, with the winner being the rider with the most points, and the rest of the placings following the same format. Ties are broken by the rider with the most wins overall. If this is not sufficient, the rider with the highest number of second-place counts, then third place, etc.
The prize money for the winners is as follows:
- 1st place = 250.000 €
- 2nd place = 125.000 €
- 3rd place =e 75.000 €
- 4th place =e 40.000 €
- 5th place =e 20.000 €
total = 510.000 €
From 2000 to 2006 there was also a team competition component of the Riders Tour. During these years, teams consisting of three riders competed at all eight Tour stages. Faults from all three riders were added together to choose the winner (the team with the fewest number of faults). Unlike some showjumping competitions, where the score from the lowest-ranking team member was dropped, there is no dropped score for teams on the Riders Tour. If teams had the same number of faults, a jump-off was performed to choose the winning team. The five best results (lowest fault scores) from all eight competitions chose the winner.
The point-scoring class in the team round was used as a qualifying class for the individual competition. The top 36 riders from the team competition class could then compete a second class to try to earn individual points. After all eight competitions, the top three teams received prize money. If any teams had an equal number of points, the team with the most wins would be placed higher. If this was still not adequate, the team with the most second place scores would be placed higher.
The prize money is as follows:
- 1st place = 100.000 €
- 2nd place = 50.000 €
- 3rd place = 25.000 €