Hickstead has introduced electronic ticketing for its bumper 2014 season and the All England Jumping Course Box Office is officially open, with tickets on sale for the Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 26-29 ) and the Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 29 – August 3).
The new electronic ticketing system is not only better for the environment, but will also reduce the risk of lost or stolen tickets, as well as allowing visitors to pre-book their tickets right up to the night before their visit.
“By introducing the e-ticketing, Hickstead has moved its box office into the 21st century,” said Hickstead director Edward Bunn. “It is an environmentally-sound solution as it cuts out the production and postage of tickets. The new eTicket can be printed or presented on a smart phone or tablet at the gate,” he added
Britain’s showjumpers are currently experiencing a phenomenal run of success, with British riders Scott Brash and Ben Maher currently ranked number one and two in the world. Team GB won team gold at the London 2012 Olympics, followed by another team gold at the FEI European Jumping Championships in 2013.
The Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting has long been regarded as one of the most popular events in showjumping with the Derby itself having been won by a number of showjumping’s superstars.
This year, fans will be able to get closer than ever to the action by joining the innovative Hickstead Derby Community. The new title sponsor of the June fixture, Equestrian.com has created a stunning Derby polo shirt that fans of the sport can purchase, automatically giving them membership to the Community. Members will then have access to a whole host of benefits and exclusive competitions.
This year’s show could well be a vital prep run for many before the Alltech World Equestrian Games, which start just a few weeks later. Many of global showjumping’s best teams are set to take part in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™, held on Friday August 1, including Germany, Holland and Ireland.
As well as boasting the best showjumpers and showing riders, Hickstead is proud to play host to the country’s top scurry drivers, carriage drivers, polo players and more. It also has one of the biggest and best shopping villages in the show circuit, with hundreds of tradestands selling everything from saddlery and fashion to food and gifts.
General admission tickets start from just £16 per adult and £8 for children, while a huge range of hospitality options are also available for those who want a perfect view of the International Arena. Visitors can choose from private boxes, ringside lodges, the exclusive 120-seater Members’ Restaurant, the al fresco Ringside Restaurant and the Beethoven Suite, found at the top of the Members’ Grandstand.
Annual Memberships will also provide visitors with Members’ Enclosure access to all shows at the All England Jumping Course, as well as a further 43 days of racing, high-goal polo and county cricket. The cost of an Annual Membership is £160 (£140 without a car).
To book tickets for the Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting and the Longines Royal International Horse Show go to HYPERLINK “http://www.hickstead.co.uk” www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.