Dressage

The Sunshine Tour is a fantastic celebration of your achievements in dressage with your equine friend whether this is your first season or you are confirmed dressage addict! The Championships in 2019 are being held at The All England Showground, Hickstead on Thursday 12th, Friday 13th and Saturday 14th September. The championships are restricted to amateur & novice competitors at Intro, Prelim, Novice and Elementary level, and there are special championship just for Juniors.

You can compete on one day or take your time to enjoy more competitions over 2 or 3 days. Each horse-rider combination can qualify for and take part in up to four championship classes, plus open classes and arena familiarisation sessions.

Here’s what you need to know …..

  • COMPETITOR RESTRICTIONS

    Restrictions 2019 – Dressage

    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!

    DRESSAGE CHAMPIONSHIPS

    You CAN compete across Tours if you fit the relevant restrictions

    Horse/rider combinations can compete in 2 levels of championship and you can compete on one or more days. You must record a valid qualification for each championship class that you wish to contest. Your classes must not exceed 2 levels (Intro, Prelim, Novice, Elementary) and the levels must be consecutive; e.g. If you qualify for Intro, Prelim & Novice you can compete in Prelim and Novice but not Intro and Novice.

    SMALL TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Small Tour Intro: Horses/ponies not to have earned any BD or BE points (or none in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Riders not above BD Group 8 or have earned any BE points.

    Small Tour Prelim: Horses/ponies not to have earned any BD or BE points (or none in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Riders not above BD Group 8, not to have earned any BE points

    Small Tour Novice: Horses/ponies not to have earned more than 20 BD or any BE points or more than 49 foundation points (or none in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Riders not above BD Group 7, not to have competed at BE Novice.

    GRAND TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS

    Grand Tour Prelim: Horses/ponies not to have earned more than 20 BD or 10 BE points (or none in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Riders not above BD Group 7, not to have competed at BE Novice.

    Grand Tour Novice: Horses/ponies not to have earned more than 49 BD or 20 BE point (or none in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Riders not above BD Group 6, not to have competed at BE Open Novice.

    Grand Tour Elementary: Horses/ponies not to have earned more than 99 BD or 30 BE points (or none in the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship). Riders not above BD Group 6, not to have competed at BE Intermediate.

  • RULE BOOK

    Dressage is guided by the British Dressage Rule Book.  You can refer to the tack & clothing information sheet HERE and the full BD rule book HERE. You are only required to wear one bridle number.

    Important note for championship  classes – no whips or callers.

  • QUALIFIER CLASSES
    You can qualify in unaffiliated competitions, either open or restricted classes and select the championship section relevant to you according to Rules & Restrictions.

    Intro Dressage
    BD Intro or centre’s own Walk & Trot classes
    Pony Club or Riding Club tests restricted to walk and trot

    Prelim Dressage
    BD Prelim tests
    Pony Club Novice or Riding Club Prelim

    Novice Dressage
    BD Novice tests
    Pony Club Intermediate or Riding Club Novice

    Elementary Dressage
    BD Elementary tests
    Pony Club Open or Riding Club Advanced

    Junior Dressage
    Junior riders taking part in Intro, Prelim, Novice and Elementary classes

    Not eligible….. Teams, training classes, clinics, quadrilles or ‘virtual’ competitions.

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  • 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 registrations@sunshinetour.co.uk 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 2 levels of championship e.g. Intro & Prelim or Prelim & Novice , you’ll need a qualification for each championship 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 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!

    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 office@sunshinetour.co.uk or message us via Facebook.