THE All England Jumping Course at Hickstead has teamed up with the West Sussex Gazette to offer you the chance to win one of five pairs of general admission tickets to the Hickstead Derby Meeting on Saturday June 23.
The British Jumping Derby Meeting (June 21-24 ) culminates on Sunday afternoon with the Carpetright Derby, one of the most famous classes in showjumping. Held for the first time in 1961, the Derby has seen hundreds of riders attempt to clear all of the 16 huge fences, and very few have succeeded. The class features the 10ft 6in Derby Bank, the tricky Devil’s Dyke, and one of the widest water jumps in the world.
This year, a number of top riders will try to claim the £35,000 first prize, including last year’s winner Tina Fletcher and her talented horse Promised Land.
While the Carpetright Derby marks the finale of Hickstead’s June meeting, there is plenty to see across all four days of the show. Friday’s highlight is the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial – often a useful indication of which horses and riders to look out for on Sunday afternoon’s main event.
On Saturday, riders will be tackling Hickstead’s permanent fences at a gallop in the British Speed Derby. It’s a fast and furious competition, and one not to be missed.
Hickstead is best known for showjumping, but there are also lots of showing classes, including classes for hacks, riding horses, native ponies, retrained racehorses and more. With scurry driving and the Celebrity Polo Derby too, there’s something to appeal to every equestrian fan.
That’s not forgetting the vast shopping village, the children’s funfair and the plethora of stalls offering tempting food and drink. You could even bring your own picnic, set up a spot near the International arena and enjoy watching some of the world’s best horses and riders compete.
There are also a number of hospitality options for those who want to make their visit to Hickstead extra special. With a brand new al fresco Ringside Restaurant opened this year, plus the Members’ restaurant, private boxes and Ringside Lodges, there are plenty of options to choose from.
Tickets start from just £8 per person, with discounts available for family tickets, children and senior citizens. You can buy tickets online at http://www.hickstead.co.uk or by telephoning 01273 834315.
To enter simply send your name, address and telephone number either by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, marked Hickstead Competition, or by post with your details on the back of a sealed envelope to Jeannie Knight, Hickstead Competition, 14-16 Market Square, Horsham, RH12 1HD. Closing date for entries is Wednesday June 13 at 10am.
Lucky winners will be notified and tickets posted to them in good time.