British Open Show Jumping Championships @ NEC (7 – 10 April)

Show Jump NEC

Get set for an Easter treat at the British Open Show Jumping Championships 2010! The prestigious indoor show is back with a spectacular programme of events.

World-class riders from Britain and abroad have been invited to compete in this unique Championship competition held over the four days in April. Leading British rider, Robert Whitaker will return to defend his title as the 2009 British Open Show Jumping Champion and compete in the top speed and jump-off international classes on offer at this FEI 4* event. The crowd favourite Puissance competition, featuring the legendary red wall, will take place during Friday’s performance.

The unique format of the British Open Championship involves four competitions held over consecutive days with each competition designed to test the riders’ skill and ability in different ways. Round one commences on Wednesday with two further rounds on Thursday and  Friday, after which a ‘cut’ will decide the top twenty riders who will go forward to contest Saturday’s Final.

In addition, the jam-packed British Open also features a range of national show jumping and showing classes:

  • Amateur SJ Championship
  • BEF World Class Development Programme Championship
  • PCA Futura Final
  • BSJ Winter Premier Grand Prix Championship
  • Working Hunter Grand Prix

New classes for 2010:

  • Ponies UK Superleague
  • BSJ JA Championship
  • BSJ British Riding & Pony Club Team Competition
  • Grade C


H Factor!
‘Let me entertain you!’ Our four H Factor finalists will be performing their unique routines every day of the British Open vying for your votes to win the H Factor 2010!

1. Here come the girls! An all action stunt show featuring solely female riders, Equestrienne.
2. Strictly come Dressage! Saffron Walden Musical Ride performing dressage to music.
3. Knights in shining armour! Medieval jousting and stunt riding with a twist from the Knights of Middle England.
4. Rock & Roll with Rockin’ Horse! The eccentric, fast paced stunt show that will keep you rockin’.

British Open Indoor Cross Country
On Thursday evening the world’s top eventers will compete at Britain’s most prestigious indoor cross country event. Famous faces such as Pippa Funnell, William Fox-Pitt and Zara Phillips will be invited to participate in this hugely popular discipline.

The boy band with a difference! On Saturday Evening, show jumper Ben Talbot will provide the vocals alongside dressage guru Richard Davison’s son Tom on bass, Aaron Whelan on guitar and Rob Armitage on the drums. With such strong equestrian links, the boys are really looking forward to entertaining the British Open crowd during Saturday night’s Championship performance!

Parelli Zone
The Parelli Zone is back by popular demand! ‘The Parelli method allows horse lovers at all levels and disciplines to achieve: success without force, partnership without dominance, teamwork without fear, willingness without intimidation, and harmony without coercion.’ See it demonstrated every day at the British Open!

Osborne Refrigerators Scurry Racing
Hold on to your seats and prepare for some fast and furious scurry racing! The louder the crowds cheer the faster the ponies will go in the Osborne Refrigerators Scurry Challenge! In a nail-biting competition, spectators will be treated to a thrilling action-packed race as the double harness scurry carts whiz around the tight arena obstacles.

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