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Top Riders Qualify for British Open

Organisers Grandstand Event Management Ltd today announced the top twelve British Riders that have qualified for invitations to the British Open Show Jumping Championships 2003 at Hallam FM Arena, Sheffield, (24th to 27th April).

Taken from the BSJA rankings list as at 31st December 2002, Robert Smith, Michael and John Whitaker, Tim Stockdale, Richard Davenport, Andrew Davies, Robert Whitaker, Di Lampard, William Funnell, Scott Smith, John Renwick and Mark Armstrong are to join the fifteen invited foreign riders to compete for over £150,000 prize money.

The British Open Show Jumping Championships is the largest indoor international show jumping event to be launched in England for 30 years. It will not only host six International points classes which culminate in Sunday evening's final but will include cash classes each day including The British Open Puissance on Saturday evening.

"...This show is brilliant news..."
Robert Smith

"The most exciting development in British show jumping..."
Tim Stockdale

The British Open is run under a revolutionary new format, which will enable the aforementioned riders to compete for points that will determine the British Open Champion 2003.
In PREMIUM category classes, the first placed rider will receive 70 points reducing by two points down to twelve for the rider in 30th place.
In the SECONDARY category classes, the first placed rider will receive 35 points reducing by one point down to six for the rider in 30th place.
The top twenty points scorers after the six qualifying points classes will be eligible to compete in the Championship class on Sunday evening with the highest points scorer going last in the first round. Designed to produce an overall winner of the coveted British Open Championship title, the final class will have a bonus of 240 points for the winner.
Prize money will be distributed from first to thirtieth place based on the total number of points achieved throughout the show.
"All the leading riders are really excited about coming to Sheffield to challenge for the British Open Championship - it will be a major highlight of the show jumping year"
John Whitaker

More British riders who are outside the top 12 will be given the opportunity to gain invaluable experience and sample the atmosphere of competing at a top class indoor International show in a number of additional competitions to take place throughout the week. These will take the total prize money at the event to over £160,000. Classes include the British Young Riders Show Jumping Classic featuring the top twenty ranked young riders, and the inaugural British Home International Challenge to be contested by teams of four invited riders each, representing England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.

Interspersing the top class show jumping, the show will also host four exciting displays taking place during both afternoon and evening performances each day.

Visitors to the British Open will also be able to browse through the extensive selection of trade stands, which will make for a great day out for all the family.

" competition ...excellent entertainment...a real treat for the Easter holidays..."
Michael Whitaker

Tickets start from just £15 with half price tickets for children under 15 and senior citizens. A further 10% discount can be obtained for groups of 12 or more. For up to date news and information please visit the website at:

Box office : 01142 56 56 56 (Tickets subject to booking fee)


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