How to Qualify

Before you Start: Check that you and your horse / pony are eligible to compete at the Championships.  Rules & Regulations for each discipline are available in the ‘Championships’ pages.

Step 1: Apply for a Personal Qualifier Form. This is sent by email for you to print and take to Sunshine Tour Registered Shows.

Step 2: Find out which classes are eligible for qualification, there’s a list on each ‘Championships’ page, then find a Registered Show and up-coming dates on the Qualifying Dates & Shows page. If you cannot find any registered shows in your area you can apply for an Open Qualifier Form to use at un-registered shows. Email register@sunshinetour.co.uk to apply for an open form.

Step 3: Achieve 1st to 4th in a dressage, show jumping or showing. In Eventers Challenge it’s 1st to 6th that qualifies. Fill in the details on your Qualifier Form and ask the Show Secretary or Organiser to sign it.

Step 4: Send your completed and signed form to register@sunshinetour.co.uk or post to GBEC.

Step 5: We will process your qualification for you and issue a Unique Qualification Number for you.

If you want to enter more than one championship, ride – compete – qualify – repeat.  Register every time you qualify and we will send  your unique qualification numbers. Guide to how many championships you can enter is below.

Read the timetable and schedule for all the need-to-know information and then enter your championship classes from 1st until 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!

Here’s a  printable guide to qualification: How to Qualify Guide

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.

Guide to How Many Championships
Dressage: 
Each horse/rider combination can compete over 2 levels e.g. Intro & Prelim or Prelim & Novice or Novice & Elementary. Each time you qualify, you can enter one championship class. You can’t enter a championship class at a lower level than your qualification, but you can go up. So if you’ve qualified at Prelim, you could not enter an Intro championship, but you could enter Prelim or Novice. No qualification needed for open/warm up classes.
Show Jumping: Each time a horse/rider combination qualifies they can compete in one championship. 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. competitors in 80cm class cannot compete below 60cm. You can compete higher than your original qualification, but only 5cm lower e.g. if you’ve qualified at 70cm then you can compete at 65cm or higher.  You can enter warm up, fun classes, clear round and derby challenge without any extra qualification.
Showing: each horse/competitor combination’s qualification allows you to enter 2 championship classes, as long as the other class is relevant and the same horse/competitor combination. If you’re qualified class isn’t at a time you can get there or clashes, you can swap to another relevant class. You can also enter the training/warm up/open classes without any further qualification.
Eventers Challenge: Each time a horse/rider combination qualifies they can compete in one championship. 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. competitors in 80cm class cannot compete below 60cm. You can also enter the derby challenge, but the maximum number of eventer/derby style classes you can enter is 3.