The Sunshine Tour Eventers Challenge Championships are set in the beautiful Sussex countryside at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead on Sunday 17th September 2017. 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 2016 to 13th August 2017.
Here’s what you need to know …
- RULES & RESTRICTIONS
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!
You CAN compete across Levels if you fit the relevant restrictions
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 are eligible – if in doubt please check with Sunshine Tour HQ on [email protected]
Qualification can be gained from an eventer’s challenge or arena eventing competition. Horse/rider combinations can compete in up to 3 eventers challenge championship classes, which must be consecutive; e.g. you cannot compete in 70cm, 80cm and 1m, but you can take part in 70cm, 80cm & 90cm.
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 within the past 3 years from 30th September 2017). 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 within the past 3 years from 30th September 2017). 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 within the past 3 years from 30th September 2017).
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 within the past 3 years from 30th September 2017).
- 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).
- 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 6th 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.