The UK’s top 12 showjumpers will compete against the world’s best for a prize fund of more than £150,000 at the inaugural British Open Show Jumping Championships in Sheffield (24-27 April).

The British riders competing for a share of the substantial purse, plus the prestigious title of “British Open Champion 2003” are:

  • Michael, John and Robert Whitaker
  • Robert Smith
  • Tim Stockdale
  • Richard Davenport
  • Andrew Davies
  • Di Lampard
  • William Funnell
  • Scott Smith
  • John Renwick
  • Mark Armstrong

Riders will be awarded points for class placings throughout the show, with the top 20 point scorers going forward to the championship class on Sunday evening. This class will produce the British Open Champion, with the winner claiming 240 bonus points.

The new show has been well received by the show jumping world, with many of the UK’s biggest show jumping names throwing their full support behind the event.

John Whitaker says: “It will be a major highlight of the show jumping year.”

Spectatorscan also see up-and-coming British stars in action at the event, which hosts the British Young Riders Show Jumping Classic for the top 20 young show jumpers and the British Home International Challenge, where teams of four from England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales do battle.

Add a range of exciting displays and trade stand shopping to top class show jumping and the British Open Show Jumping Championships promises to be a great day out for the whole family.

Tickets cost from £15 with half price tickets for concessions. To book tickets contact (tel: 01142 565656). For more information about the event visit: www.britishopenshowjumping.com