The Sunshine Tour Eventers Challenge Championships are set in the beautiful Sussex countryside at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead on Sunday 15th September 2019. The course consists of a mix of iconic Hickstead show jumps and natural, rustic obstacles and championship classes range from 60cm to 1m.
Riders can qualify at their local centre or Riding Club or Pony Club by being placed 1st to 6th in an Eventers Challenge type of competition from 1st November 2018 to 31st July 2019.
Here’s what you need to know …
- RULES & RESTRICTIONS
Restrictions 2019 – Eventers Challenge
The spirit of this competition as an amateur & unaffiliated championship is very important, 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 period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship 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 earns money from:
• Riding, training, schooling or competing horses/ponies.
• Buying and/or selling or breaking in horses.
• Teaching and/or training riders (see exception below).
• Judging affiliated classes in the same discipline as your competition (paid or unpaid).
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. If you participate in any ‘professional’ activities on a regular basis, please respect the amateur nature of this championship and help your clients instead!
You CAN compete across Levels if you fit the relevant restrictions
All points/winnings restrictions refer to the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship so if horse/rider is over qualified provided NONE of the points/wins have occurred during this period then you are eligible – if in doubt please check with Sunshine Tour HQ on email@example.com
Qualification can be gained from an eventer’s challenge or arena eventing competition. Horse/rider combinations can compete in up to 3 eventers challenge / derby challenge classes. NEW: 20cm Rule – if you have multiple qualifications, you can’t have more than 20cm gap between the heights of championships you compete in, e.g. if you compete in 60cm, you can compete up to & including 80cm.
Level 1 & 2 (60cm & 70cm): Horses/ponies – not to have won 49 points or £49 (notional) prize money in BS, not to have earned any BE points or more than 49 BE Foundation points (or none during period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Combination not to have won at 90cm or above. Riders not to have won BS classes at 1m or above; not to have won at BE 100 or Pony Club Area Intermediate Eventing or Show Jumping or above.
Level 3 (80cm): Horses/ponies – not to have won 99 points or £99 (notional) prize money or points in BS or more, not to have earned 10 BE points or 99 BE foundation points (or none during period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Combination not to have won at 1m or above. Riders not to have won BS classes at 1.10m or above; not to have won at BE Novice or Pony Club Open Eventing or Show Jumping or above.
Level 4 (90cm): Horses/ponies – not to have won 149 points or £149 (notional) prize money in BS or more; not to have earned 20 BE points (or none during period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship).
Level 5 (1m): Horses/ponies – not to have won 199 points or £199 (notional) prize money in BS or more; not to have earned 40 BE points (or none during period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship).
- QUALIFYING CLASSES
Any type of combined show jumping and cross country style competition. Cross country section can be knock down or fixed, against clock or optimum time. Qualifying competitions can be held on surface or grass (championships are on grass).
up to 60cm
- 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 & Restrictions tab for details.
Step 2: Apply for a Personal Qualifier Form and take with you to Sunshine Tour Registered Shows (see Qualifier Shows & Qualifying Dates pages for information).
Step 3: Achieve 1st to 6th in an eligible class (see Qualifier Classes tab). Fill in the details on your form and ask the Show Secretary to sign, then send to Sunshine Tour (scan & email to firstname.lastname@example.org or post to GBEC).
Step 4: We’ll issue you with a Unique Qualification Number.
Step 5: Ride – compete – qualify – repeat! You can compete in 3 levels of championship which must be consecutive heights e.g. 60cm, 70cm & 80cm but not 60cm, 80cm & 1m. You’ll need a qualification for each championship, there is also an open Derby Challenge class.
Step 6: Read the timetable and schedule for all the need-to-know information and then Enter your championship classes (from 1st to 18th August, 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.
- HOW TO SPONSOR
For the first time in 2019, we’re offering individual and business sponsorship packages. From just £70 you can have your name in the schedule, personalised rosettes in your choice of colours and refreshments for 2 people in the Dick Saunders pavilion or you can opt for a special lunch or cream tea, together with a VIP Pass. If you have a business that you’d like to promote, we can help with advertising in the schedules, banners on the showground and Facebook & website links. We have lots of packages available, please see Sponsorship Packages for the options available or ask for a bespoke package to suit your needs.
You may already know all about the Sunshine Tour and the popularity of taking part in a fabulous championship at the famous showground at Hickstead? If you’d like to know more, here’s a bit About the Sunshine Tour
We’re very proud to have grown from a little show to a huge championship and be able to offer you a sponsorship package, if you would like to become part of the Sunshine Tour, please get in touch. Feel free to call Rebecca on 07904 898696, email email@example.com or message us via Facebook.