HSBC FEI Classics™  

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The HSBC FEI Classics™ is a series uniting the top end of the international Eventing circuit, namely the six four-star Eventing competitions currently on the calendar.

HSBC has supported the FEI Classics™ series since 2008 and will be contributing US$ 1 million over the next three years, making this the biggest prize pot on offer in the sport of Eventing on an annual basis. 

Standings after six events can be consulted here (pdf) updated 23 April 2014


1.24 - 28 October 2012Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA)
2.22 - 25 November 2012Australian International 3 Day Event, Adelaide (AUS)
3.25 - 28 April 2013 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA)
4.03 - 06 May 2013Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR)
5.13 - 16 June 2013Luhmuhlen CCI**** presented by DHL Paket (GER)
6.05 - 08 September 2013Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR)


Prize Money
The HSBC FEI Classics™ 2012-2013 will once again run on a points-based system, whereby the top ten placed riders at each event receive points. At the end of the season, the five riders at the top of the leaderboard claim the lion's share of the prize money:
1stUS$ 150,000 (Series Champion)
2ndUS$ 75,000
3rdUS$ 50,000
4thUS$ 33,000
5thUS$ 25,000


Points will be awarded to the top 25 % of starters at each event (as per prize-money principles and regular Eventing ranking rules) as follows :
1.15 points6.5 points
2.12 points7.4 points
3.10 points8.3 points
4.8 points9.2 points
5.6 points10.1 points
  • Riders will earn points with their best single performance at each event (rider must have achieved a Minimum Eligibility Result at the event).
  • In case of equality of points, points accumulated over fewer events will determine a better placing than points gained over more events.
  • If there is still equality of placing from points awarded at a single event, the best placed rider is the competitor whose placing is achieved in the event with the most starters.
  • If there is still equality of placing in the case of riders awarded points in several events, the rider whose points have been accumulated from the events with the highest collective number of starters will be the best placed rider.

* If there is still a tie, the best placed rider is the competitor with the lowest total of penalty points at the specific event (=differentiating score); if a rider is awarded points in several events, the best score will count as differential.

Previous Winners of the Classics Series
2013Andrew Nicholson (NZL)
2012William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
2011Mary King (GBR)
2010William Fox-Pitt (GBR)
2009Oliver Townend (GBR)
2008William Fox-Pitt (GBR)


About HSBC's Partnership

“Through its global partnership with the FEI, HSBC has been able to engage with its customers internationally at both a regional and local level. This is the fourth year that HSBC has been a platinum partner of the FEI, and the world’s local bank is increasing its sponsorship throughout the sport. While continuing to sponsor the highest level of Eventing, HSBC is also supporting young riders at the grass roots level of the sport. HSBC's support will help develop skills and raise standards in the hope that more riders will go through junior and young rider schemes and on to represent their country at the highest level" Giles Morgan, HSBC Group Head of Sponsorship.

Established in 1865 and headquartered in London, HSBC Holdings plc is one of the world’s largest banking and financial services organisations. The ‘world’s local bank’, HSBC's international network comprises around 8,000 offices in 87 countries and territories in Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, the Americas, the Middle East and Africa.

HSBC provides a comprehensive range of financial services to around 100 million customers through four customer groups and global businesses: Personal Financial Services (including consumer finance); Commercial Banking; Global Banking and Markets; and Private Banking.

HSBC’s global sponsorship portfolio is diverse and benefits amateur and professional athletes as well as reaching into communities and schools. The company runs more than 250 sponsorships in 70 countries with a focus on sport, culture and education.

Watch the video highlighting the partnership between HSBC and the FEI from 2008-2013.

For more information about the origins and principles of Eventing, click here.

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