The Sunshine Tour UK Championships move to Hickstead...

Many of the world's most famous equestrians have competed at Hickstead, and now hundreds of unaffiliated riders will have the chance to follow in their footsteps. 

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For the first time, the finals of The Sunshine Tour series will be held here at the All England Jumping Course in West Sussex (18-20 September 2015).

It's an exciting new departure for Hickstead, which is able to host these popular unaffiliated championships after the recent addition of new facilities, including a spectacular all-weather arena and new hard-standing for parking.

"Thanks to the support of a Hoof Capital Funding award and investment from the family, we have been able to extend our season and ensure that many more people benefit from access to the wonderful facilities at the All England Jumping Course," said Hickstead Director Edward Bunn.

"We are delighted to be hosting The Sunshine Tour UK championships, which will offer hundreds of unaffiliated riders the opportunity to compete here."

The Sunshine Tour is a national series that encourages grassroots and unaffiliated riders to participate in competitions in the disciplines of dressage, showjumping and showing.

The 2015 Tour will be held at various venues throughout the UK up until September. Riders who finish in the top six places at their event will qualify for the Championships at Hickstead.

In 2014, more than 600 riders took part in the Championships, qualifying at equestrian centres, riding clubs, show centres and Pony Club events around the UK.

Rebecca Stansfield, Director of Sunshine Tour UK, is now working to expand the series even further. "The Sunshine Tour offers a fabulous opportunity for unaffiliated riders to experience the fun and excitement of competition. We want to welcome as many people as possible, so we're keen to team up with more venues right across the country," Rebecca says.

Qualifying events are already underway, and riders who wish to enter should visit the Sunshine Tour UK website.

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