The FEI Nations Cup™ 2011 series will go ahead with its prize money unchanged from last year. The agreement with series title sponsor Meydan came to an end in 2010 and the Dubai-based company has chosen to refocus its cooperation with the FEI and is currently negotiating terms to move into an exciting new partnership in Endurance.
Whilst negotiations with potential partners for the FEI Nations Cup™ Top League are still ongoing, the FEI has guaranteed that prize money to the athletes and funding for the Organising Committees is safeguarded.
“The FEI Nations Cup is our top product and the FEI is delighted to announce that the 2011 series will go ahead with its prize money maintained at the 2010 level”, FEI President HRH Princess Haya said. “We are happy that discussions are ongoing with several partners for the series.
“This is not an announcement of Meydan’s departure from the FEI family, it’s a change of focus. Meydan already puts its name to the FEI Endurance world rankings and the company is keen to maximise its visibility in that discipline. They see Endurance as a natural fit.”
The five-star FEI Nations Cup™, one of the FEI’s most prestigious series contested by eight of the world’s best teams at eight of the best venues in Europe, opens at La Baule (FRA) on 13 May, followed by Rome (ITA), 27 May; St Gallen (SUI), 3 June; Falsterbo (SWE), 8 July; Aachen (GER), 14 July; Hickstead (GBR), 29 July; Dublin (IRL), 5 August; and Rotterdam (NED), 26 August.
The eight nations that will compete in the 2011 series are Belgium, Denmark, title holders France, Germany, Great Britain, Ireland, The Netherlands and USA.