British Showjumping Member Update – Qualifiers & Finals
Friday 26 June 2020
With the sport now easing out of lockdown and further UK Government announcements expected over the forthcoming weeks, the following plan has been put together with a view to as many national Championship Finals as possible being able to take place through the remainder of the outdoor season.
This is very much an outline plan that highlights the sports commitment to delivering Finals and Championship Shows for members who had been focusing on them prior to the enforced lockdown of the sport. It is also one that allows for ongoing adjustment when further government advice is given in respect of the easing out of lockdown procedures and protocols that are expected over the forthcoming weeks.
Full details regarding qualifiers and their respective finals will be announced over the next few weeks once a clearer understanding of how August may look. This of course very much depends on the advice given by the UK Government in respect of ongoing COVID-19 restrictions.
The current aim for qualifiers and Championship shows are as follows:
- July Qualifiers
All British Showumping National Championships (BSNC) and Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) qualifiers that were due to run in July will be cancelled. This is to ensure fair competition whilst Scotland and Wales are still working under movement restrictions.
- BSNC National Finals & Spring Championships
If multi-day shows are permitted in August, the British Showjumping National Championship Show (4 – 9 August) will continue to run at Stoneleigh Park with a change to the usual format. The aim will be to include:
- Summer Championship Finals for those already qualified
- Spring Championship Finals
- Existing Direct Entry Finals
- Direct Qualifiers at the show for a number of Championship titles if possible
- Two Winter Finals reallocated from Hickstead
- HOYS Qualifiers
In the event that HOYS will still run as planned, a qualification route will take place during August/September. This will be communicated once confirmation regarding HOYS has been received.
- Winter Pony Finals – South View
The Winter Pony Finals which were due to be held in May at South View Equestrian Centre will be rescheduled to run at the end of August.
- Bolesworth Young Horse Championships
The Young Horse Show Championships, now in its second year at Bolesworth Castle, is continuing with its plans to run between 19 – 23 August with some warm up shows scheduled to take place beforehand.
- Winter Pony & Senior Finals – Hickstead
The Winter 128cm, 138cm and JC Finals which would have taken place at the cancelled Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead will be rescheduled to take place at their September show.
- The Senior Winter Novice and B&C which would have taken place at the Royal International Horse Show will be reallocated to the BSNC at Stoneleigh.
- Junior Academy Show
The British Showjumping Junior Academy Show is still planned to go ahead between the 11 – 12 August at Stoneleigh.
- Amateur Qualifiers
Qualifiers for the Dodson & Horrell Amateur & Veteran Finals at Aintree between the 9 – 14 November will take place during September and October at venues to be announced.
British Showjumping are steadfast in their objective of getting the sport back into a position of recovery at the earliest opportunity government protocols allow and we trust that sharing this outline plan will assist members plan their competition season. We would also like to inform competitors that the Free Day Ticket offer has been extended to run up to, and including, the 17th July. Tickets for those that require them are available via the link on the Membership section of the website.
We do ask members however, that they understand implementing the plan depends entirely on the respective Government relaxing the current restrictions and protocols currently in place for us to deliver it. We are continually monitoring the situation and will ensure that members are updated in the event of any changes as we move forward in the calendar.
In the meantime, we would once again like to thank our members and stakeholders for their ongoing support, patience and understanding during this difficult time and we hope that you are now looking forward to the ongoing resumption of British Showjumping activity.