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

The Sunshine Tour Showing Championship offer a vast range of championship classes for amateur & novice showing enthusiasts. Lead rein, ridden, in-hand, breeds, youngstock, veteran, working hunters and ponies, turnout and fun classes – there’s something for everyone and superb rosettes, sashes and goodies to be won. Every championship qualifies for a Supreme Championship and each day the Supreme Champions have the chance to go forward for the Super Supreme Championship.

The 2020 Showing Championships are being held on Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th September at the All England Showground, Hickstead.

Need help and advice about showing?
We’re very pleased to be partnered by The Showing Register who offer clinics around the country throughout the year and free advice for registered Sunshine Tour competitors. For FREE & FRIENDLY advice on all aspects of showing: from what to wear, tack, training for the ring, preparation & presentation of your horse The Showing Register has experts on hand to answer your questions. Email Sarah on theshowingregister@yahoo.co.uk or website www.theshowingregister.co.uk

Here’s what you need to know about the Sunshine Tour …..

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

YET TO BE UPDATED FOR 2020

Restrictions 2019 – Showing

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 (1st January 2014 for HOYS, RIHS and Olympia) 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!

SHOWING CHAMPIONSHIPS

All Sunshine Tour Showing Championships are for unaffiliated/ novice showing exhibitors and so should not be professionally produced/trained for the show ring i.e. kept in training or livery with a professional / affiliated showing producer during the current year. DIY livery at a professional yard is acceptable but the horse/pony must not be ridden or trained by a professional producer at any time in the current year.

Horses/riders that have exceeded the achievements listed, but NONE earned in the period 1st January 2016 (1st January 2104 for HOYS, RIHS & Olympia) to the date of this year’s championship are eligible to compete.

You CAN compete in BOTH Small & Grand Tour Showing if you fit the relevant restrictions.

SMALL TOUR

Horse/Ponies 

  • Can be registered with a showing and/or breed society but must not have won an affiliated class during the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship.
  • Cannot have competed in any affiliated championship showing class at RIHS, Olympia or HOYS during the period 1st January 2014 to the date of this year’s championship (from 1st January 2016 for TSR HOYS Masterclass and Search for a Star).
  • Can have taken part in preliminary qualifying rounds of classes that do not require pre-membership of the society but must not have taken part in second rounds or championships during the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship.

Riders/Handlers

  • Riders/handlers never to have competed at RIHS, HOYS or Olympia and must not be involved with schooling, training, breaking, producing or breeding show horses/ponies.
  • Can have taken part in preliminary qualifying rounds of classes that do not require pre-membership of the society but must not have taken part in second rounds or championships during the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship.
  • Cannot be currently listed on any showing panel and /or judge affiliated or unaffiliated showing classes; this restriction applies to paid or unpaid activities.
  • Cannot teach other to ride, except in Riding School teaching clients not on their own horse/pony.

GRAND TOUR

Horse/Ponies 

  • Can be registered with a showing and/or breed society and have been placed in first round competitions but must not have won a championship class during the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship.
  • Cannot have competed in an affiliated championship showing class at RIHS, Olympia or HOYS during the period 1st January 2014 to the date of this year’s championship (from 1st January 2016 for TSR HOYS Masterclass and Search for a Star).
  • Can have taken part in second rounds of affiliated classes but must not have gone forward to the relevant championships during the period 1st January 2016 to the date of this year’s championship.

Riders/Handlers

  • Riders/handlers must not have competed at RIHS, HOYS or Olympia during the period 1st January 2014 to the date of this year’s championship and must not be professionally involved with schooling, training, breaking, producing, breeding or judging show horses/ponies.
  • Cannot be currently listed on any affiliated showing panel and /or judge affiliated showing classes; this restriction applies to paid or unpaid activities.
  • Cannot teach other to ride, except in Riding School teaching clients not on their own horse/pony.
RULE BOOK

Showing at the Sunshine Tour is guided by various rule books, according to the relevance to the class. For general advice please contact The Showing Register at www.theshowingregister.co.uk

TSR Handbook

BSPS Rule Book

BSHA Rule Book

VHS Rule Book

QUALIFIER CLASSES

Sunshine Tour Showing Championships
Mini Tour classes
Novelty & fun showing classes like Handsomest Gelding, Prettiest Mare, Judge’s Choice, Best Horse/Pony qualify for the Delightfully Dapper championships – ridden & in-hand, horses & ponies & lead rein.
Starters Showing, Walk & Trot or Introduction to Showing qualifies for Starters Showing championships.
Rescued Horse & Pony

Small Tour classes 
Newcomer, novice and restricted showing classes qualify for the Newcomer series of championships:  In-Hand Horse, In-Hand Pony, Ridden Horse or Ridden Pony.
Novice & restricted working hunter and working hunter pony qualify for Newcomer Working Hunter & Newcomer Working Hunter Pony
Junior or child handler classes qualify for Junior Handler
All types of rider classes qualifiy for Best Rider
Any class for Pony Club pony or Riding Club horse or classes for versatile horse/pony qualify for Pony Club Pony & Riding Club Horse
Family horse or pony, best all-rounder or handy pony can qualify for Family Horse & Pony

Grand Tour classes
Condition & turnout classes qualify for Top Turnout – ridden, in-hand or lead rein
Lead Rein & First Ridden championships for ages 3 years to 12 years
Cob – Ridden & In-Hand
Riding Horse – Ridden & In-Hand
Coloured – Ridden & In-Hand
Show Hunter – Ridden & In-Hand
Thoroughbred – Ridden & In-Hand
Natives – Ridden & In-Hand
Show Pony & Show Hunter Pony
Youngstock
Veteran Horse & Pony
Working Hunter
Working Hunter Pony
Working Show Horse

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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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