Competitors can qualify all over the UK by taking part in an unaffiliated competition at their local show, centre, Pony Club or Riding Club between January and mid-August. Many venues hold qualifiers for the Sunshine Tour and award qualification cards and competitors can also use their own personal qualifier card to seek qualification at their local shows. Qualification is awarded on placings, for dressage, show jumping and showing its 1st-4th and for eventers challenges its 1st-6th.

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: For dressage, show jumping and showing: achieve 1st to 4th in a qualifier competition. In Eventers Challenge it’s 1st to 6th that qualifies. You’ll be given a qualifier card with a unique qualification number on it. Or you can use a Personal Qualifier Form (apply to registrations@sunshinetour.co.uk).

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! a horse-rider combination can compete in up to 4 dressage, 4 show jumping, 8 showing, 3 eventers challenge championship classes. For dressage and show jumping you’ll need one qualifier ticket qualifies for each championship, in showing or eventers challenges you’ll need one ticket for every 2 championships that you wish to enter.

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 some classes may fill before the close of entries on 18th August. T&C’s apply, it is the responsibility of the competitor to read the Rules and Schedule before entering. The Sunshine Tour is exclusively for unaffiliated and amateur riders, competing with unaffiliated horses and ponies.