The Sunshine Tour Show Jumping Championships cater for for all levels of rider with classes from cross poles and lead rein riders to 1.05m for accomplished riders.‘ Mini Tour’ is for starters, ‘Small Tour’ for those jumping at the lower heights and ‘Grand Tour’ for the more experienced/ambitious combinations!
The 2019 Show Jumping Championships are being held on Thursday 12th, Friday 13th, Saturday 14th & Sunday 15th September at the All England Showground, Hickstead.
You can compete at your local show, regular show centre or Pony Club or Riding Club between 1st January and 31st July to qualify. Here’s what you need to know
Here’s what you need to know …..
- RULES & RESTRICTIONS
Restrictions 2019 – Show Jumping
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 in Small & Grand Tours if you fit the relevant restrictions, but Mini Tour is exclusive. Tours are divided by competence and competitive achievement as well as measurable restrictions, please respect the spirit of each level as well as the letter of the law. 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 championships (if you have qualified).
Mini Tour Championships are for very novice/inexperienced riders. Guideline: Riders who are ‘competent’ at 60cm or above should enter the Small Tour instead. Mini Tour combinations cannot compete in Small Tour.
All Mini Tour classes: Horses/ponies not to have won any prize money or points in BS, not to have earned any BE points or foundation points (or none in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Combination not to have won in any jumping class at 60cm or above. Riders not to have competed in BS competitions or any BE events or in any Pony Club Area Novice or Championship show jumping or eventing.
50cm to 60cm Classes: Horses/ponies not to have won any prize money or points in BS except Club, not to have earned any BE points or foundation points (or none in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Combination not to have competed in BS competitions or any BE events, except on a day ticket or at BS Club; not to have competed in Pony Club or Riding Club Area Novice Championship level show jumping or eventing.
65cm & 70cm Classes: Horses/ponies not to have won a total of 19 points or £19 (notional) Prize money, not to have earned any BE points or foundation points (or none in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Combination not to have competed in BS competitions at 80cm or above or any BE events, except on a day ticket or at BS Club; not to have competed in Pony Club or Riding Club Area Intermediate Championship level show jumping or eventing.
75cm & 80cm Classes: Horses/ponies not to have won a total of 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 in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Combination not to have competed in BS classes at 1m or above; not to have competed at BE 100 or Pony Club Area Intermediate Eventing or Show Jumping or above.
85cm & 90cm Classes: 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 in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Combination not to have competed in BS classes at 1.10m or above; not to have competed at BE Novice or Pony Club Open Eventing or Show Jumping or above.
95cm, 1m & 1.05m Classes: 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 in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship).
- QUALIFYING CLASSESJuniors
Cross Pole / Bottom Hole / 30cm
40cm / 1’6”
45cm / 1’3″
50cm / 1’9”
55cm / 1’9″
60cm / 2′
65cm / 2’-2’3’
70cm / 2’3’
75cm / 2’6’
80cm / 2’6’-2’9’
85cm / 2’9’
90cm / 3’
60cm / 2′
65cm / 2’-2’3’
70cm / 2’3’
75cm / 2’6’
80cm / 2’6’-2’9’
85cm / 2’9’
90cm / 3’
95cm / 3′
1m / 3’3’
1.05m / 3’6’
Not eligible….. Team, Pairs, Scurry, Table A, Horse & Hound, Puissance, 5 Bar, Fault & Out
- 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 4th 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 championship classes no more than 20cm apart, you’ll need a qualification for each championship class you want to enter.
Step 6: Read the timetable and schedule for all the need-to-know information and then Enter your championship classes (from 1st to 13th 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.