| Guy Williams, did what he set out to do in the Al Shira’aa Trophy when he claimed the top|
spot in the £15,000 Al Shira’aa Trophy his experienced and impressive horse, Rouge De Ravel.
A total of 88 riders came forward for the final day’s Grand Prix, with many of British showjumping’s biggest names among the starters. But they faced a tough challenge in Kelvin Bywater’s course, and in the end almost one-third of the field failed to complete the first round, with the open water proving particularly influential.
But 10 combinations did produce clear rounds, ensuring a competitive jump-off against the clock. Yet Guy and his hugely experienced campaigner Rouge De Ravel made the most of their later draw to deliver a clear in a time of 42.48sec, with the pair taking some daring routes and making the most of the open space of the International Arena by keeping up a relentless pace throughout.
Irishman David Simpson was the next quickest in second, but even his speedy partner Foudre F finished 2.5sec in arrears.
Williams was obviously on winning form, as he started his Grand Prix campaign by lifting both qualifying classes on Thursday – he won the first of the Al Shira’aa 1.40m Open classes on Mr Blue Sky UK, before picking up the afternoon’s class on the 16-year-old stallion Rouge De Ravel.
“He jumped really well on the first day, and the plan was to come back and try to win today – so he’s done what we asked him,” said Guy. “He’s a class horse and he’s won all over the world, but he loves it here at Hickstead.”
The five-day Al Shira’aa Jumping Championships was a special national competition run for this year only in place of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, which was cancelled due to the Covid-19 situation.
A Hickstead spokeswoman said: “We have really missed having our usual crowds of people here with us this week, but the good news is that tickets are now on sale for the Prenetics Royal International Horse Show.
We are releasing 4,000 tickets per day, with potentially more going on sale depending on the government restrictions at the time of the show.
“With no five-star classes for this summer only we’ve reduced ticket prices accordingly, with adult admission costing just £15, concessions available, and under 16s going free.
“Whether you’re a die-hard equestrian fan or just looking for a fun, affordable family day out this summer, you’re guaranteed a warm welcome at Hickstead.
Don’t miss The Prenetics Royal International Horse Show
Wed, 21 Jul 2021 – Sun, 25 Jul 2021 at The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead.
HUNDREDS of riders got their 2021 Hickstead campaign off to a start at the opening day of the Al Shira’aa Jumping championships.
Entries for this national show filled up in record time, with most classes attracting 100+ entries – and one 1m class even boasting a start list of 246!
This special event will take place for this year only, in place of the planned Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting. Everyone is looking forward to the return of the Al Shira’aa Derby in 2022.
This show is being run behind closed doors, so only stakeholders, sponsors and hospitality visitors are allowed access. However, you can still watch all the action from the Longines International Arena via the livestream (Thursday to Sunday) on Hickstead.TV and ClipMyHorse.TV.
ESSEX-based rider Ronnie Jones was also a star for he not only took the Al Shira’aa British Five-Year-Old Championship with the mare L’Amour but he also claimed the honours in the hotly-contested Six-Year-Old final too, with his second win in quick succession coming courtesy of the stallion Key West RSH.
A huge field of 108 horses came forward for this morning’s opener, the Al Shira’aa 1.40m Open, with James Whitaker heading the line-up with Lammy Beach. See Below:
James, who is a former winner of the Science Supplements BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup, saw off close opposition from runner-up Holly Smith and Billy Sarafina. Holly originally produced Lammy Beach, a 13-year-old Irish sports horse, before he moved to the Whitakers’ yard to be campaigned by William and then younger brother James.
Crowds are set to return to Hickstead as tickets are now on sale for the Prenetics Royal International Horse Show which takes place from July 21-25.
Following that will be the Hurst College National Schools and Pony Championships, then the Science Supplements All England September Tour, then the I.C.E. Horseboxes All England Dressage Festival.
This will give Hickstead a busy and exciting programme of events to look forward to.
The dates for the FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors 2022 at Hartpury have been confirmed.
The high-profile equestrian event will take place at Hartpury on 23-31 July 2022 following confirmation from both British Equestrian (BEF) and the FEI Dressage and FEI Eventing Committee.
Phillip Cheetham, Equine Director at Hartpury, said: “It’s extremely exciting that the dates for the 2022 FEI Dressage and Eventing European Championships for Young Riders and Juniors have been confirmed.
“We were disappointed that the championships couldn’t go ahead as we hoped last year, but having the 2022 dates is fantastic news. We’re excited about welcoming the most talented young riders in Europe to Hartpury and providing the stage on which they can produce their very best.
“We’re very grateful to the FEI for allowing us to host the event next year and we thank the BEF, British Dressage and British Eventing for their continued support,” he concluded.
Hartpury hosted a European Championships in 1997 when they had the Pony disciplines of dressage, showjumping and eventing and again in 2000 for Young Riders.
“It’s fantastic news to have a date in the calendar confirmed for the team at Hartpury who worked so hard to secure the four FEI Championships only to be frustrated by COVID-19 last year,” said Jim Eyre, British Equestrian Chief Executive.
“We know they have a strong track record for running competitions of the highest calibre and we look forward to welcoming Europe’s elite Junior and Young Riders to the campus next July,” he added.
Annually, Hartpury hosts the NAF Five Star Hartpury Festival of Dressage, NAF Five Star Hartpury Showjumping Spectacular and NAF Five Star International Hartpury Horse Trials. All are scheduled to run in 2021.
For more information about equestrian events at Hartpury, visit www.hartpuryequineevents.co.uk.