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.