The Sunshine Tour is Europe's most important winter equestrian competition, and it comprises both jumping and dressage.This year, we will be holding the 19th edition of the Sunshine Tour Jumping event and the 15th edition of the Sunshine Tour Dressage event.The original name of the competition in Spanish is Circuito Hípico del Sol, although it is known internationally by its English name, the Sunshine Tour.
Due to the fine winter weather in Cadiz province, the tour is used to train for the rest of the season's competitions. In Northern and Central Europe, the cold weather and snow means that in February and March riders have to train in indoor arenas. So at this time of year the magnificent facilities at Dehesa Montenmedio become the top destination for international riders.
A total of 1,350 horses and 360 riders are registered in the jumping events, and 110 horses and 54 riders in dressage, riders from 46 different countries will be competing in the Sunshine Tour this year.
The Sunshine Tour Jumping competition comprise 177 classes, spread over five weeks. From the first to the fourth week of the competition, 36 classes will be held every week, running from Tuesday to Sunday. During the fifth week, 35 trials will take place, including on Monday, as several consecutive finals will be held.
On Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, the classes for 5, 6 and 7-year-old young horses will be held, culminating with the international classes on the weekend.
Many of the Sunshine Tour jumping classes will serve for horses and riders to qualify for the Adults European Championships that will be held in Denmark in August 2013, and 5 qualifying classes for the Juniors European Championships that will be held in our facilities in July 2013.