See best riders in the world at Hickstead

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JUST days before the start of the London 2012 Olympic Games, some of the best riders in the world are at Hickstead for the Longines Royal International Horse Show – the official show of the British Horse Society.

The world’s top eight showjumping nations will compete in the FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain this Friday and unday’s Grand Finale will be the Longines King George V Gold Cup, which will see one of the most competitive fields in Hickstead’s history.

The international classes start on tomorrow, Thursdsday, with the Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix. This class sees event riders and showjumpers go head to head round a course of coloured poles and fixed rustic fences

Saturday is a very special day at Hickstead. Not only is there the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, the pinnacle of national grand prix classes, but it is also Ladies’ Day at Hickstead, held in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity. Ten of the most fashionably dressed visitors will be chosen by Hickstead’s team of selectors, and invited into the International Arena for the final judging.

There, celebrity judge Barbara Windsor will pick the best dressed lady and two runners-up, with prizes including a three-day break for two guests to the De Vere Carrick on Loch Lomond; a Jemma Kidd make up master class; a goodie bag of makeup worth £100; dinner, bed and breakfast for two at Pelham House in Lewes, Sussex; and dinner, bed and breakfast stay at Newick Park Hotel & Country Estate.

Running alongside the top class Internation show jumping will be six days of top-class showing culminates in two of the most prestigious titles of all – the British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Dick Saunders Supreme Pony.

With coloured ponies, working hunters, show hunters, riding horses, native ponies, hacks, arabs, cobs, show ponies, side-saddle classes and more, every showing rider will be hoping to win at the show. The showing classes – and national showjumping classes started yesterday, Tuesday.

Admission prices starting from £15 per adult, with discounts for families, children and senior citizens.

To book tickets, go to www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.