The 2020 Sunshine Tour Championships are being held on Thursday 17th, Friday 18th, Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead Showground.

The Show Jumping Championships caters for for all levels of unaffiliated & amateur rider with classes from lead rein & cross poles for those just starting out in show jumping to 1.05m for accomplished riders.‘ Mini Tour’ is for starters, ‘Small Tour’ for those jumping at the lower heights and ‘Grand Tour’ for the more experienced/ambitious combinations!

You can compete at your local show, regular show centre or Pony Club or Riding Club between 1st January and 31st July to qualify.

Here’s what you need to know …..

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

SHOW JUMPING 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 SHOW JUMPING 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 5 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, but Mini Tour is exclusive.

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

MINI TOUR
Mini Tour classes are for very novice/inexperienced riders. As a guideline, riders who are ‘competent’ at 60cm or above should enter the Small Tour instead. Mini Tour combinations cannot compete in Small or Grand Tour.
Pony: During the period 1st January 2017 to the date of this year’s Sunshine Tour Championship ponies not to have earned any BS points (except in Club) or any BE points or BE foundation points.
Rider: not to have competed in BS competitions (including Club or Just for Schools) or any BE events or in any Pony Club Area Novice or Championship show jumping or eventing.

SMALL TOUR   50cm to 70cm Classes
Horse/Pony: Not to have more than 20 BS points (except in Club or Just for Schools) or any BE points or 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 competitions (except at Intro, in Club or Just for Schools) or any BE events; not to have competed in Pony Club or Riding Club Area Novice Championship level show jumping or eventing.

GRAND TOUR   70cm & 75cm Classes
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   80cm, 85cm & 90cm Classes
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.

TROPHY TOUR   95cm, 1m & 1.05m Classes
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

Show Jumping at Sunshine Tour refers to British Showjumping for rules of classes, conduct, tack & rider clothing. You can view the full rule book HERE

QUALIFYING CLASSES

Juniors
Lead Rein
Cross Pole / Bottom Hole / 30cm
40cm / 1’6”
45cm / 1’3″
50cm / 1’9”
55cm / 1’9″
60cm / 2′
65cm / 2’-2’3’
70cm / 2’3’
75cm / 2’6’
80cm / 2’6’-2’9’
85cm / 2’9’
90cm / 3’

Seniors
60cm / 2′
65cm / 2’-2’3’
70cm / 2’3’
75cm / 2’6’
80cm / 2’6’-2’9’
85cm / 2’9’
90cm / 3’

Mixed Ages
95cm / 3′
1m / 3’3’
1.05m / 3’6’

Not eligible….. Team, Pairs, Scurry, Table A, Horse & Hound, Puissance, 5 Bar, Fault & Out

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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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