KBIS started its support of British Showjumping with the sponsorship of the BS Amateur and Veteran Championships. In 2009 we then took on the British Novice Championships, the leading competition for grass roots riders. Now named the KBIS British Equestrian Insurance Senior British Novice Championship Series it attracts over 65,000 competitors each year.
The KBIS British Novice series is highly contested, set at a height of 90cm in the first round, it is suitable for amateur riders as well as professionals with young and novice horses. British Novice classes are run at numerous equestrian centres throughout the year providing plenty of opportunity to qualify for one the regional competitions and then the subsequent championship, which is held at the British Showjumping National Championships in August. The National Championships is one of the major fixtures in the show jumping calendar and takes place at the National Agricultural and Exhibition Centre, Stoneleigh Park from the 11th - 16th August.
In order to qualify for the championships competitors must jump double clears in at least four British Novice Competitions between the 1st of May and the 30th April. Once completed you will then be eligible to ride in up to two of the twelve regional finals held throughout the country in May, June and July.
Those riders who go on to gain a treble clear at a Regional Final then qualify for the Championships. At the Championships the fences start at a height of 1.05m and go up to 1.15m in the jump off, there are normally around seventy combinations who reach the Championships and it always makes for an exciting competitive class.