A new £15,000 championship series has been launched by the BSJA. Using the current Winter A&B Grands Prix, already hosted by the Premier Shows, the BSJA has formed a series that will culminate in a championship final at the British Open Championships in Birmingham (12-15 April).
“The series will create another opportunity for a wide selection of talented combinations to qualify for a prestigious championship over a well-balanced period at very good venues,” said Peter Gillespie, BSJA UK show jumping development chairman. “A major policy of the show jumping development committee in the future year is to support the potential International opportunities available to our members.”
Premier Shows kick off in January with South View (19 – 21 January), and points will be awarded to the best place six riders in each of the grands prix. The allocation ranges from 12 points to the winner, to two points for sixth place, with one point being awarded to those in the jump off. At the culmination of the premier shows, the top 20 point scorers will be eligible to compete for the £15,000 prize pot at the British Open Championships. The best four results from any one combination will count.
According to the BSJA, the championship series has been produced in line with the ethos of the Premier Shows, which is to provide quality show jumping in the winter season for both amateur and professional riders. The circuit offers an introduction to international type classes for the newly upgraded horse as well as fine tuning the established horses.
This new championship was the brainchild of Peter Gillespie and the UK Show Jumping Development Committee and will be funded by the BSJA Development Fund.
Premier Shows 2007
- South View 19/21 January
- Addington 31 Jan/2 February
- Rowallan 16/18 February
- Patchetts 2/4 March
- Towerlands 16/18 March
- Arena UK 23/25 March