From: Horse Shows
Hickstead plays host to a number of competitions namely the show jumping Derby, Royal International Horse Show, National and Pony Club Jumping Championships as well as Polo and Dressage competitions.
The Hickstead Derby
The Hickstead Show Jumping Derby that has the very best horses and riders from around the world entering for their chance to win the famous Boomerang Trophy.
In order to enter riders must finish in the top 35 of the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial and in the top 35 to then get the chance to compete in the Derby where riders must negotiate 16 fences and 23 jumping efforts some of which are an astounding 6ft 6inches wide and 5ft 3 inches in height, with well known difficult fences such as the imfamous 10ft 6 inch Derby Bank, Derby Rails, Road Jump and Devils Dyke all set to challenge.
The event was famously won by Eddie Macken an incredible 4 times in a row on the same horse called Boomerang with other notable four time winners including Michael Whitaker, John Whitaker and Harvey Smith. Trevor Breen won the event with the popular one eyed horse Adventure de Kannan in 2014 with Trevor going on to win the title again in 2015 riding Loughnatousa WB.
All horse and rider combinations must be members of the British Show Jumping Association and depending on their grade will be eligible to enter various classes.
The height of fences in the Derby is approximately 1.60 meters and the horses must travel at around 400 meters a minute to avoid time penalties with the aim of leaving all the fences up to ensure a clear round. The height and speed travelled in other show jumping classes will vary from class to class.
The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead is located in Sussex between Gatwick Airport and Brighton just off the A23.
The 2016 dates for the Hickstead Derby Meeting are Wednesday 22nd June to Sunday 26th June. (Although these dates and events can be subject to change). Some of the classes to feature may include: