Top level competition is coming back to Montenmedio. From next Tuesday, 18th February, until 23rd March more than 1,400 horses will participate in the Sunshine Tour.

This event marks the start of the outdoor season, and the first chance of the year for riders and their horses to compete in an open-air arena.

11th February witnessed a CSI** to celebrate the start of the first competition, and facilities are ready to welcome the best international riders and their horses .

Up until Thursday 13th February almost 200 horses will compete with an allocation of 51,750 Euros. Following this competition, next week more than 1,400 horses and 300 riders will be welcomed from 40 different countries.

Some of the best riders worldwide will compete over the next few weeks in Cadiz. It is important to note the participation of Steve Guerdat, Julien Epaillard, Eugenie Angot, Michel Hecart, John Whitaker and Alberto Michán. Spanish riders to keep you eye on will include Sergio Álvarez Moya, Rafy Latham, Pilar Cordón and Manuel Añón.

This edition of the Sunshine Tour has been slightly amended in terms of the schedule. Grands Prix will be disputed on Thursdays like on Fridays and Sundays. Horses that do not qualify for the Grand Prix on Sunday will be given the chance to compete in the Small Grand Prix on Saturday. The most important competitions will take place on Sundays.

The three star competition is made up of 16 classes, which qualify for FEI Longines Rankings points. Among them are five Small Grands Prix disputed on Saturdays with a height of 1.45 metres. The Invitational will close the competition on 23rd March. The total prize money available is 815,690 euros, which is 25,000 euros more than the last edition.