N.B. RULES & RESTRICTIONS ARE BEING REVIEWED FOR 2020

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 2020 are being held at The All England Showground, Hickstead on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th and Saturday 19th 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 two levels championship classes, plus open classes and arena familiarisation sessions.

Here’s what you need to know …..

COMPETITOR RESTRICTIONS
RULE BOOK
QUALIFIER CLASSES
HOW TO QUALIFY
HOW TO SPONSOR
COMPETITOR RESTRICTIONS

YET TO BE UPDATED FOR 2020

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

QUALIFICATION PERIOD:  Eventer’s Challenge & Arena Eventing 1st November – 31st July
Dressage, Show Jumping & Showing 1st January – 31st July

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

Step 1: Find out where to qualify and check which classes are eligible for qualification.

Step 2: Download a Personal Qualifier Form and print it. Remember to take your form with you when you compete at  a Registered centre/show/club.
If you cannot find any registered centres/clubs in your area you can apply for an Open Qualifier Form.

Step 3: Achieve 1st to 4th in an eligible class in dressage, show jumping, showing or eventer’s challenge/arena eventing. Fill in the details on your Qualifier Form and ask the Show Secretary or Organiser to sign it.

Step 4: Register your qualification and upload your completed and signed Qualifier Form.

Step 5: We will process your qualification for you and email you a Unique Qualification Number (usually within 14 days of your registration).

Any questions: Email register@sunshinetour.co.uk for help.

Ride – Compete – Qualify – Repeat.  Register every time you qualify, you will need a unique qualification number for each championship class that you want to enter. A guide to how many championships you can enter is below.

Note: qualification does not guarantee a place in the championship, entries open on 1st August and are taken in order of receipt and some classes may fill on the first day of entries. 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.

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.

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