Win family tickets to top Hickstead meeting

THE All England Jumping Course at Hickstead has teamed up with the West Sussex Gazette to offer two lucky winners family admission to the Longines Royal International Horse Show on Saturday July 30. Each family ticket is worth £50.

For five days each July, The Longines Royal International Horse Show (27-31 July) at Hickstead plays host to top-class equestrian action, including showjumping, showing, cross-country, driving, side-saddle classes and more.

Some of the very best riders in the world will be heading to West Sussex in order to compete in this prestigious show, with prize funds for the biggest classes totalling an amazing 200,000 Euros.

Among the highlights of show includes the only FEI Nations Cup to be held each year in Britain, and hopes will be high this year following the emphatic victory by the home side in 2010.

The team of Peter Charles, Tina Fletcher, William Funnell and Michael Whitaker notched up just seven faults in seven rounds to clinch last year’s title, ahead of the German team which finished on a score of 22 faults.

Other highlights of the show include the Longines King George V Gold Cup and the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, two of the most renowned and longest running classes in showjumping’s calendar.

There’s also the ever-popular Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix, where event riders and showjumpers go head-to-head around a course of towering showjumps and natural cross-country fences.

A visit to Hickstead guarantees a fun day out, with exciting equestrian action, fine dining, family entertainment and more — but there is always something really special about Ladies’ Day, on Saturday July 30.

To win one of the family ticket prizes, answer the following questions: Which country won the Nations Cup at Hickstead last year?

Send your answer either by email to jeannie.knight@westsussextoday with your name and telephone number, or post with your name, address and phone number with your answer and details on the back of a postcard or sealed envelope to:

Jeannie Knight, West Sussex Gazette, 14-16 Market Square, Horsham RH12 1HD. The closing date is 9am, Thursday July 21. Winners will be notified.