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FEI Classics™ 2016/2017 Series


1. 12 - 16 October 2016 Les 4 Etoiles de Pau (FRA)
2. 3 - 6 November 2016 Australian International 3 Day Event, Adelaide (AUS)
3. 27 - 30 April 2017 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA)
4. 3 - 7 May 2017 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR)
5. 15 - 18 June 2017 Luhmuhlen CCI**** presented by DHL (GER)
6. 31 Aug - 3 Sept 2017    Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR)


         Michael Jung also took home the coveted Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing in 2016


It was an FEI Classics™ season of great thrills and stories, but one man stole the show in 2015/16 and set the standard: the unmatchable Michael Jung.

No one was ever going to catch Michael Jung (GER), the runaway winner of the 40,000 USD FEI Classics™ 2015/2016 first prize with victories at Kentucky and Badminton plus a second place at Pau last year, but Tim Price, who was third at Pau and fourth at Luhmühlen as well, managed to hold onto second place and he takes home a cool 30,000 USD.

Andrew Nicholson was also pleasantly surprised to find himself the recipient of 20,000 USD for leaping into third place in the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016, an astonishing achievement considering he has only competed at two CCI4* events this season – he was fifth at Luhmühlen in June.


About the FEI Classics™ 2015/2016 winner

Michael Jung (GER), 34, has won an individual medal every year since 2009, six of them gold, and is the first rider in history to have held Olympic, World and European titles simultaneously.

Riding La Biosthetique Sam, he won the world title in Kentucky (USA) in 2010, double European gold in Luhmühlen in 2011 and double Olympic gold in London (GBR) in 2012 plus individual gold and team silver at the Rio Olympic Games (BRA) this year. He has won three European titles on three different horses: in 2011 on Sam, in 2013 on Halunke and in 2015 on FischerTakinou. He also won world team gold and individual silver medals on fisherRocana FST in 2014.

Jung, who lives at Horb, Germany, where his parents, Joachim and Bridgette, own a riding establishment, has also won Kentucky twice in succession on FischerRocana and in the last 12 months added victories at Burghley and Badminton on Sam to take the Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing. This is his first FEI Classics™ victory.


FEI Classics™ 2015/2016 Final Leaderboard – see full results here

1 Michael Jung (GER) 42 points US$40,000

2 Tim Price (NZL) 26 points US$30,000

3 Andrew Nicholson (NZL) 18 points $US 20,000

4 Clarke Johnstone (NZL) 16

5 Christopher Burton (AUS) 15

6 Astier Nicolas (FRA) 15

7 Shane Rose (AUS) 15

8 Andreas Dibowski (GER) 15

9 Sir Mark Todd (NZL) 15

10 Andreas Ostholt (GER) 12




FEI Classics™ 2015/2016 Series


1. 22 - 25 October 2015 Les 4 Etoiles de Pau (FRA)
2. 19 - 22 November 2015 Australian International 3 Day Event, Adelaide (AUS)
3. 28 April - 1 May 2016 Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA)
4. 5 - 8 May 2016 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR)
5. 16 - 19 June 2016 Luhmuhlen CCI**** presented by DHL (GER)
6. 1 - 4 September 2016 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR)




Ingrid Klimke wins FEI Classics™ 2014/2015 Series

       Ingrid Klimke celebrates her victory of the FEI Classics™ 2014/2015


47 year old Ingrid Klimke (GER) was the first German rider to win the FEI Classics™ since the series began in 2008. She won Pau in 2014 (Horseware Hale Bob) and Luhmühlen (GER) this year on FRH Escada JS, and finished second (on Horseware Hale Bob) at Badminton.

Michael Jung (GER), second, won Kentucky on FischerRocana FST, and was third at Luhmühlen and first at Burghley on La Biosthetique Sam. Jonelle Price was fourth at Pau and second at Luhmühlen (Faerie Dianimo) and fifth at Burghley (Classic Moet). Her husband Tim was second at Kentucky (Wesko) and second at Burghley (Ringwood Sky Boy).

“I didn’t plan this or expect to win it,” said a delighted Klimke after receiving her cheque. “Now it seems that Germans are able to win CCI4*s! Chris Bartle [our trainer] makes us go all over the world and that gives us confidence. It’s great to win extra money like this, which will go straight back into my horses and therefore into the sport.”

 Ingrid enjoyed her most successful season in a long and distinguished international career during 2015. The daughter of the late Dr Reiner Klimke, one of the most medalled Dressage riders in history, Klimke’s “day job” is producing Dressage horses but she has been a key member of the German Eventing squad since 1999.

With her first top horse, Sleep Late, she represented Germany at the 2000 and 2004 Olympic Games, won European team and individual bronze medals in 2005 and world team gold in 2006, and set a German record when second at Badminton in 2006.

With FRH Butts Abraxxas, she won Olympic team gold in 2008 and 2012, plus European team gold in 2011, and was fourth at Burghley in 2013. Riding FRH Escada JS, she won European team gold and individual silver medals in 2013 and world team gold in 2014.

Klimke, who is based in Münster, Germany, is married to Andreas and has two daughters, Greta and Philippa. She is in great demand as a trainer and has written books on riding.


FEI Classics™ 2014/2015 Final Leaderboard

1 Ingrid Klimke (GER) 42 points USD 40,000 (FEI Classics™ Series champion)

2 Michael Jung (GER) 40 USD 30,000 (2nd)

3 Jonelle Price (NZL) 26 USD 20,000 (3rd)

4 Tim Price (NZL) 24 USD 10,000 (4th)

5 William Fox-Pitt (GBR) 24

6 Mark Todd (NZL) 19

7 Jessica Manson (AUS) 15

8 Andreas Dibowski (GER) 12

9 Megan Jones (AUS) 12

10 Jock Paget (NZL) 10

       William Fox-Pitt won the FEI Classics Series 2013/2014


FEI Classics Series 2014/2015


The FEI Classics™ series continues in 2014/2015 with the six four-star Eventing competitions forming the flagship of the FEI Eventing calendar. William Fox-Pitt won the 2013/2014 series title for the fourth time since the series began in 2008 - view the final standings for 2013/2014 season here


The 2014/2015 dates are;


22 - 26 October 2014

Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA)


13 - 16 November 2014

Australian International 3 Day Event, Adelaide (AUS)


23 - 26 April 2015

Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA)


07 - 10 May 2015

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR)


18 - 21 June 2015

Luhmuhlen CCI**** presented by DHL Paket (GER)


03 - 06 September 2015

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR)



FEI Classics Series 2013/2014

The FEI Classics™ series has captured riders’ imagination ever since it began in 2008 with generous funding from HSBC, whose contract ends in December 2013

“The FEI Classics is one of Eventing’s great success stories and has become more and more exciting as riders plan their seasons carefully so that they can travel to more events,” explains Catrin Norinder, FEI Director Eventing.

“We have had a fantastic six years with HSBC, and while we are actively looking for another title sponsor, the FEI plans to maintain this popular series, with a US $120,000 prize fund. Everyone is very much looking forward to another season which will kick off in great style with a fantastic entry for Pau.”

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) became the first non-British winner of the HSBC FEI Classics™ in spectacular style with four CCI4* wins in 2012/13


FEI Classics™ 2013/2014 calendar

1 Les Etoiles de Pau CCI 4* (FRA) - 23-27 October 2013

2 Australian International 3 Day Event (AUS) - 14-17 November 2013

3 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (USA) - 23-27 April 2014

4 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR) - 8-11 May 2014

5 Luhmühlen CCI 4* presented by DHL Paket (GER) - 12-15 June 2014

6 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR) - 4-7 September 2014


2013 Season Calendar

1. 24 - 28 October 2012 Les Etoiles de Pau (FRA)

2. 22 - 25 November 2012 Australian International 3 Day Event, Adelaide (AUS)

3. 25 - 28 April 2013 TBC Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (USA)

4. 03 - 06 May 2013 Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (GBR)  

5. 13 - 16 June 2013 Luhmuhlen CCI**** (GER)

6. 05 - 08 September 2013 Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (GBR)


HSBC Classic Series 2012

The 2012 series incorporated six 4-star events around the world, representing the best of the international eventing circuit and also included a leg in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time at the Australian International 3 Day Event in Adelaide:

The winner of the US$150,000 was William Fox-Pitt.

      William Fox-Pitt                                                    Photo: Peter Nixon/FEI

2012 Event Dates (Click through for reports and photo gallery for each)

Les Etoiles de Pau (Pau, France)                                                   12-16 October 2011

Australian International 3 Day Event (Adelaide, Australia)                  17-20 November 2011

Rolex Kentucky Three Day Event (Kentucky, USA)                           25-29 April 2012

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials (Badminton, UK)               04-07 May 2012

Luhmuhlen CCI**** (Luhmuhlen, Germany)                                       14-17 June 2012

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials (Stamford, UK)                             30 Aug-02 September 2012


Final Standings for 2012

For the final standings after all 2012 events (updated 3rd September 2012)  CLICK HERE.


Prize Money

The HSBC FEI Classics 2012 runs 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 leader board share the majority of the prize money: 

1st     US$150,000 (series champion)
2nd    US$75,000
3rd     US$50,000
4th     US$33,000
5th     US$25,000 


How the points system works

Points are awarded to the top 25% of starters at each event as follows:  

1: 15 points  

2: 12 points  

3: 10 points

4: 8 points  

5: 6 points  

6: 5 points  

7: 4 points  

8: 3 points  

9: 2 points

10: 1 point

  • 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.


2011 HSBC FEI Classics Final Standings

Mary King

Mary King - winner HSBC Classic Series 2011. Photo: Kit Houghton/FEI

The winner of the 2011 HSBC FEI Classics was Mary King, who claimed the US$150,000 prize for being the series champion after a hard fought battle with fellow countryman and friend, William Fox-Pitt. Mary had an excellent year with top results at most of the series’ events. The top-placed Australian rider was Clayton Fredericks in 5th place; other Australians on the leader board at the end of the year were Sam Griffiths in 13th place and Christopher Burton in 24th place.

1 Mary KING GBR 46 points

2 William FOX-PITT GBR 40 points

3 Andrew NICHOLSON NZL 26 points

4 Piggy FRENCH GBR 20 points

5 Clayton FREDERICKS AUS 17 points

6 Mark TODD NZL 15 points

For further information on the HSBC FEI Classics, visit http://www.fei.org/hsbc/hsbc-fei-classics.