British Open Offers Wild Card Qualifiers
amazing opportunity for two British riders to join some of the best
show jumpers in the world at the British Open Show Jumping Championships
2004 has been offered by organisers Grandstand Event Management.
An inaugural qualifier will be held at the Addington Classic in
March offering two riders the chance to join the top twelve ranked
British riders together with leading foreign riders at the show
case event in Sheffield next Easter.
British Open, launched last April was heralded a great success by
the media, riders and public alike. The 2004 event will take place
from Thursday 15th to Sunday 18th April and once again features
a feast of equestrian entertainment including some of the best displays
ever seen and world class show jumping with a prize fund of over
qualifying competition at Addington will be open to Grade A horses
only, consist of three classes in total (one held on each day of
The Addington Classic) and will be based on a points system. The
two riders achieving the highest aggregate of points on one horse
in the three qualifying competitions will be awarded the British
Open places. Each of the riders will be permitted to take the horse
on which they qualify, as well as two additional horses, to the
British Open, where they will join the top twelve ranked British
Riders as at December 31st 2003. Entries for the qualifying competition
will close on Thursday 18th March and potential competitors are
advised to contact Addington Manor for further details.
qualifier will undoubtedly produce some fierce competition as eager
riders battle it out for a much coveted place in the British Open
line up and will act as an exciting prelude to the event itself.
the top show jumping action at the British Open, each performance
will feature outstanding all-round family entertainment in which
visitors will bear witness to breath-taking and novel equestrian
displays incorporating dazzling and distinct acts of horsemanship,
professionally produced with theatrical music and lighting creating
an unforgettable atmosphere and dramatic effects. These will include
the Metropolitan Police with an exclusive performance of their high-speed
Activity Ride, the skilful Frenchman Jean Francois Pignon demonstrating
the incredible bond he shares with his horses and Mary Ray, one
of the brightest stars of the canine world, demonstrating her 'Heelwork
to Music'. Other attractions include the thrills and spills of the
European Horseball Challenge and fast and furious Scurry Driving.
Away from the exciting action in the arena visitors can indulge
in a little retail therapy as they browse around the numerous tradestands.
prices range from £12.50 to £35 for adults with half
price discounts for children under 16 and OAP's. For more information
and online booking please visit www.britishopenshowjumping.com or
call the Box Office on 0114 256 5656. Groups of 12 or more are entitled
to a discount via the Groups Box Office, please call 020 8900 9282
for details. All tickets are subject to a booking fee.
The total show prize fund for the Addington Classic is £15,000
Riders who have already received an invitation to the British Open
ie. the top 12 British riders and selected foreign riders may also
take part in the qualifier classes and claim prize money but they
will not recieve points.