2024 SUNSHINE TOUR CHAMPIONSHIPS – Your Journey to Hickstead Starts Here …………

Step 1: REGISTER your horse/pony. Restrictions apply for eligibility to compete, check the competitor restrictions.

Step 2: QUALIFY by taking part in a qualifier class at a registered centre or club and achieving 1st- 3rd in Dressage or Show Jumping, 1st – 4th in Showing or Eventers Challenge. Qualifying competitions are held between 1st January and 31st July 2024 (1st Nov 2023 – 31st July 2024 for Eventers Challenge).

  • Qualifier classes HERE
  • Registered Centres & Clubs HERE

Step 3: RECORD your result within ONE MONTH of competition (by 3rd Aug for July competitions) and submit evidence of your result (further guidance here).

  • Record Results for Competitions held 1st January to 31st July HERE

Step 4: ENTER – available early August; T&Cs apply.


  • Qualification is free – after recording your result, The Sunshine Tour will verify your placing and issue a unique qualification number.
  • Each successfully recorded result allows you to enter in one championship class (same horse/competitor combination, discipline and level). Each horse/competitor combination can qualify up to 6 times in show jumping and dressage, up to 3 times in eventers challenge, and without limits in showing (limitations to the range of classes may apply).
  • Paid for entry is necessary to take part in the championship show, entries open in early August (date to be confirmed).
  • Qualification does not guarantee availability of entry in championship classes, entries are taken in order of receipt and some classes can fill very quickly.
  • Class Criteria – rules used to judge qualifying classes (e.g. format/rules of class, restrictions on age of rider, height/colour/breed of horse, etc.) might not exactly match the championship class.


  • Qualification can only be gained in a qualifier class at a registered centre or club, within the qualification period 1st Jan-31July for dressage, show jumping & showing, 1st Nov-31st July for eventers challenge qualification, (eventers challenge 1st Nov to 31st Dec can be at any show, thereafter only at registered centre/club). If you cannot find a registered centre or club near you, you can apply for an Open Qualifier.
  • Results, with evidence of results must be recorded within one month of competition (by 3rd August for July competitions).
  • Restrictions on amateur status, previous experience and competitive success apply for both horse/pony and rider/handler. Competitors must comply with competitor restrictions at the time of qualification and at the time of championships.
  • Qualification is awarded to horse / competitor combination, no substitutes are permitted.


Any questions: Email info@sunshinetour.co.uk