Dressage

The Sunshine Tour is a fantastic celebration of your achievements in dressage during 2017 with your equine friend whether this is your first season or you are confirmed dressage addict! The Championships in 2017 are being held at The All England Showground, Hickstead on Thursday 14th, Friday 15th and Saturday 16th September. There are championships for Intro, Prelim, Novice and Elementary, as well as a special championship just for Juniors.

You can compete on one day or take your time to enjoy more competitions over 2 or 3 days. Each horse-rider combination can qualify for and take part in up to four championship classes, plus open classes and arena familiarisation sessions.

Here’s what you need to know …..

  • RULES & RESTRICTIONS

    Download Restrictions Rules & Restrictions PDF

    The spirit of this competition as an amateur & unaffiliated championship is very important to us as organisers, to our sponsors and to our competitors, so we request that all participants respect the spirit of restrictions not just the letter of the law. If you find that you are overqualified for the class that you qualified in, you can voluntarily upgrade to a higher level class. Horses/riders that have more than the allowed points or placings, but NONE earned in the previous 3 years (from 30th September 2017) are eligible to compete. If in doubt contact HQ for clarification.

    This championship is for unaffiliated and amateur riders with unaffiliated and novice horses/ponies.

    Professionals and professionally produced combinations are excluded from competing in the Sunshine Tour. Our definition of a ‘professional’ is someone who makes some or all of their living:
    • Riding, training, schooling or competing horses/ponies.
    • Buying and/or selling or breaking in horses.
    • Teaching and/or training riders (see exception below).
    • Judging showing classes (see details with each Tour).

    People may work with horses primarily for care, which might involve day to day exercising of horses (e.g. grooms, vet nurses) or teaching in a riding school, however if your job involves professional coaching, schooling, training, breaking or production of horses you will not be eligible for this championship. If you participate in any ‘professional’ activities on a regular basis please respect the amateur nature of this championship and help your clients instead!

    DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

    You CAN compete across Tours if you fit the relevant restrictions

    Horse/rider combinations can compete in up to 4 championship classes, up to twice at each level and you can compete on one or more days. Your classes must not exceed 2 levels, which must be consecutive (Intro, Prelim, Novice, Elementary) e.g. If you qualify for Intro, Prelim & Novice you can compete in Prelim and Novice but not Intro and Novice. You must record a valid qualification for each championship class that you wish to contest.
    All points/winnings restrictions refer to the previous 3 years from 30th September 2017 so if horse/rider is over qualified provided NONE of the points/wins have occurred within the past 3 years then you could are eligible – if in doubt please check with Sunshine Tour HQ on [email protected]

    SMALL TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Small Tour Intro: Horses/ponies not to have earned any BD or BE points. Riders not above BD Group 8 or have earned any BE points or foundation points within 3 years from 30th September 2017.

    Small Tour Prelim: Horses/ponies not to have earned any BD or BE points. Riders not above BD Group 8, not to have earned any BE points or within 3 years from 30th September 2017

    Small Tour Novice: Horses/ponies not to have earned more than 20 BD or any BE points or more than 49 foundation points. Riders – not above BD Group 7, not to have competed at BE Novice or above within 3 years from 30th September 2017.

    GRAND TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Grand Tour Prelim: Horses/ponies not to have earned more than 20 BD or 10 BE points. Riders not above BD Group 7, not to have competed at BE Novice or above within 3 years from 30th September 2017.

    Grand Tour Novice: Horses/ponies not to have earned more than 49 BD or 20 BE points. Riders not above BD Group 6, not to have competed at BE Open Novice or above within 3 years from 30th September 2017.

    Grand Tour Elementary: Horses/ponies not to have earned more than 99 BD or 30 BE points. Riders not above BD Group 6, not to have competed at BE Intermediate or above within 3 years from 30th September 2017.

  • QUALIFIER CLASSES
    You can qualify in unaffiliated competitions, either open or restricted classes and select the championship section relevant to you according to Rules & Restrictions.

    Intro Dressage
    BD Intro or centre’s own Walk & Trot classes
    Pony Club or Riding Club tests restricted to walk and trot

    Prelim Dressage
    BD Prelim tests
    Pony Club Novice or Riding Club Prelim

    Novice Dressage
    BD Novice tests
    Pony Club Intermediate or Riding Club Novice

    Elementary Dressage
    BD Elementary tests
    Pony Club Open or Riding Club Advanced

    Junior Dressage
    Junior riders taking part in Intro, Prelim, Novice and Elementary classes

    Not eligible….. Teams, training classes, clinics, quadrilles or ‘virtual’ competitions.

  • HOW TO QUALIFY

    Step 1: Check that you and your horse / pony are eligible to compete at the Championships. There are various levels, so check the Rules page for details.

    Step 2: Achieve 1st to 4th in a qualifier competition – you’ll be given a qualifier card with a unique qualification number on it. Or you can use a Personal Qualifier Form (apply to [email protected]).

    Step 3: Record your qualification using the unique number on your card follow the link from the Record Qualification page.

    Step 4: Ride – compete – qualify – repeat! You can compete in 2 levels of championship e.g. Intro & Prelim or Prelim & Novice and compete in up to 4 championship classes, you’ll need a qualification for each.

    Step 5: Follow us on Facebook or keep an eye on the website to find out how and when to enter the Championship.

    Step 6: Read the schedule for all the need-to-know information and then Enter your championship classes (by 18th August at the latest, but early entry is advised), don’t forget warm up and open classes, stabling, bedding, hay and get ready for the best show of the year!

    Note: qualification does not guarantee a place in the championship, entries are taken in order of receipt and may fill before entry closing date. T&C’s apply: it is competitors responsibility to read the Rules & Restrictions and Schedule before entering.