Badminton announced today on its website that prize money is increasing for this year’s event, going up to £80,000 from £65,000 for the winning rider. The lower placings will also receive a boost in prize money through 20th place. British riders launched a campaign last fall to boost prize money at events, but were mostly unsatisfied when British Eventing announced a 3 percent increase in prize pots starting this season. Do you think there should be a larger increase in prize money at events across the pond and here in the States?
The good news for the eighty plus riders who will start the Event is that the prize money has had a considerable boost, commensurate with the now truly outstanding standard of the international entry.
The winner will receive £80,000, up from £65,000 in 2013, and the increases are also reflected in the lower placings – Badminton prides itself on giving much the highest level of prizes in the world right down to 20th place.
Badminton always supports a charity or ‘good cause’ and this year it will be Equestrian Team GBR in the build up to the World Equestrian Games; it would have benefitted in 2012 had that event not been cancelled.