RIHS to host a qualifier for the international Gold-Zach Riders Tour, which is normally based in Germany

The Royal International Horse Show (24-28 July) will host a qualifier for the Gold-Zach Riders Tour, which awards £158,000 to the winner. This will be the first time a qualifier has been held outside Germany.

The tour consists of nine competitions with points awarded to 10th place. It is open to the top 30 ridersin the world rankings, plus riders in the top 10 in the 2001 Gold-Zach Riders Tour.

Riders compete in six of the competitions in the series and the final placings will be announced at Munich Show in November.

The qualifier will be incorporated into the £10,000-to-the-winner British Grand Prix, which is taking place at the RIHS on Sunday, 28 July. A qualifying class will be held on the Friday, with the top 30 going forward to the grand prix.

“It’s a great coup to have been chosen to hold this competition,” said Hickstead’s owner Douglas Bunn. “It will attract many of the world’s top horses and riders and provide great sport for the spectators.”

The international jumping classes at this year’s RIHS start aday earlier than usual. The Samsung Nations Cup will be on the Thursday and Saturday sees both the King George V and Queen Elizabeth II Cups.

For more information about the RIHS visit www.hickstead.co.uk

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