QUALIFICATION UPDATE – July 2020
The 2020 Sunshine Tour is cancelled 🙁 If you have already qualified and registered in 2020, your qualification will be valid for the 2021 championship. There are no further qualifier events scheduled for 2020, we will update when qualification re-opens for 2021. 

The Sunshine Tour Eventers Challenge Championships are set in the beautiful Sussex countryside at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead on Thursday 16th & Friday 17th September 2021 (dates subject to final confirmation). The course consists of a mix of iconic Hickstead show jumps and natural, rustic obstacles and championship classes range from 50cm to 90cm.

Amateur & novice competitors can qualify at their local centre or Riding Club or Pony Club by being placed 1st to 4th in an Eventers Challenge type of competition from 1st November to 31st July.

Here’s what you need to know …

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

EVENTERS CHALLENGE 2020

This championship is for 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:
• 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).

If you participate in any ‘professional’ activities mentioned above, please respect the amateur nature of this championship and help your clients instead!

People who work with horses primarily for care, e.g. grooms, vet nurses and participate in day to day exercising of horses, but not schooling, training, competing or breaking client’s horses can qualify.  Instructors who only teach in a riding school with riding school horses/ponies can qualify.

2020 EVENTERS CHALLENGE QUALIFICATION
If you qualify and record your qualification by 31st July, you will be given a Unique Qualification Number for each qualification earned. Horse/rider combination can take part in a maximum of 3 championships which must not be more than 20cm difference from lowest class to highest.

Each Qualification Number allows you to enter one championship class:
At the same height as qualification     OR     5cm below your qualification     OR     above your qualification height.

TOURS are groups of classes, divided by competence and measurable points/winnings restrictions – please respect the spirit of each level as well as the letter of the law. You CAN compete in Small & Grand Tours if you fit the relevant restrictions.

If you are outside the restrictions for the class that you qualified in, you can voluntarily upgrade to a higher level.

You CAN compete across Levels if you fit the relevant restrictions

SMALL TOUR Level 1 & 2 (60cm & 70cm)
Horse/Pony: Not to have more than 50 BS points (except in Club or Just for Schools) or any BE points or more than 50 BE foundation points. If horse/pony has more points than permitted, but NONE earned during the period 1st January 2017 to the date of this year’s Sunshine Tour Championship, they are eligible.
Combination: not to have competed in BS classes at 85cm or above; not to have competed at BE events or Pony Club Area Intermediate Eventing or Show Jumping or above.

GRAND TOUR Level 3 (80cm)
Horse/Pony: Not to have more than 100 BS points (except in Club or Just for Schools) or more than 10 BE points or more than 100 BE foundation points. If horse/pony has more points than permitted, but NONE earned during the period 1st January 2017 to the date of this year’s Sunshine Tour Championship, they are eligible.
Combination: Not to have competed in BS classes at 1m or above (except in Club or Just for Schools); not to have competed at BE 100 or Pony Club Open Eventing or Show Jumping or above.

GRAND TOUR Level 4 (90cm)
Horse/Pony: Not to have more than 150 BS points (except in Club or Just for Schools) or more than 20 BE points. If horse/pony has more points than permitted, but NONE earned during the period 1st January 2017 to the date of this year’s Sunshine Tour Championship, they are eligible.

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RULE BOOK

Sunshine Tour uses the British Eventing rule book for guidance on tack & rider turnout for Eventer’s Challenge & Arena Eventing classes. You can view the full rule book HERE . Please note, that not all BE rules will apply because Sunshine Tour runs arena eventing style competitions not full event format.

QUALIFYING CLASSES

Any type of combined show jumping and cross country style competition. Cross country section can be knock down or fixed, against clock or optimum time. Qualifying competitions can be held on surface or grass (championships are on surface).

QUALIFIER CLASSES

up to 60cm
65cm
70cm
75cm
80cm
85cm
90cm

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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

We’re very proud to have grown from a little show to a huge championship and be able to offer you a sponsorship package, we offer individual and business sponsorship packages. From just £70 you can have your name in the schedule and enjoy a VIP Pass for 2 people including refreshments in the Dick Saunders pavilion. 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.

If you would like to become part of the Sunshine Tour, please get in touch with Rebecca on 07904 898696, email office@sunshinetour.co.uk or message us via Facebook.

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