Hickstead’s 59th Al Shira’aa Derby takes place on Sunday June 23 this year. Top riders will face the iconic course that includes the Devil’s Dyke, the double of ditches, one of the widest open water jumps in the world and the fearsome 10ft 6in slope of the Derby Bank.
This year, reigning champion William Funnell will bid to become the first five-time winner of this famous class
Spectators will get their first impression of Derby form in Thursday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard, and then riders must qualify for the main event during Friday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Trial. The focus of Saturday afternoon is the British Speed Derby, where riders tackle some of Hickstead’s permanent fences at top speed.
Showing highlights include the final of the Tattersalls/RoR Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship, plus there will be scurry driving, carriage driving and more. On Saturday evening, the Celebrity Derby Challenge sees leading show jumpers give a new sport a try.
Tickets start at £20 for general admission with advance discounts and concessions available. Admission is free on Thursday.
Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.