There will be new showing and show jumping classes at the British Open Show Jumping Championships this year.

The NEC Birmingham event will run this year from 16-19 April. And for the first time, it will feature Pony Club home international team show jumping, an amateur national show jumping championship and a working hunter grand prix.

The national show jumping amateur championship, for which there are seven qualifiers still to run*, will take place on 16 April. The class is open to registered horses of any grade ridden by a full, associate or junior associate BSJA member, excluding anyone on the top 150 BSJA riders ranking list 314.

The Pony Club home international team show jumping competition will take place over Friday 17 April and Saturday 18 April, contested between teams from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

The working hunter grand prix is set for Saturday 18 April. All 25 starters in the 2008 Horse of the Year Show working hunter championship will be invited to compete — for the accolade of being the first British Open Showing Champion and a share of the £2,520 prize-fund.

Remaining dates and venues for the British Open Amateur Championships’ qualifiers:

  • 11 January: Rowallan
  • 24 January: Towerlands Park
  • 1 February: Hand
  • 14 February: Solihull
  • 21 February: Aintree
  • 15 March: Arena UK
  • 29 March: Addington

For more details, tickets and terms and conditions for entry, visit www.britishopenshowjumping.com