About Jeannie Knight

Jeannie Knight confesses to a lifelong passion for horses, which started at the early age of four when accompanying her father and uncle to a race meeting at Wetherby. Born and bred in Yorkshire, she has been a journalist all her life, working for a range of northern papers, including the Northern Echo and Middlesbrough Evening Gazette, later moving to the south of England. She worked for The Sporting Life, writing features and racing news for Sussex area when her three sons were small, and later joined the West Sussex Gazette as chief reporter. There she created a full page of equestrian news for the West Sussex Gazette, which still continues. The first woman to fly a hang glider in this country, she and her husband Tom ran a hang gliding school for ten years and when Tom turned to microlights and light aircraft, she sold her hang glider and bought a racehorse that had been destined for Ascot sales. She used her to hack across the Downs around Findon and Washington, later breeding a foal from her, which she sold to go eventing in the north of England. "There are so many untold stories about horses and their riders, whether in racing, show jumping or any other sphere, that my aim is to highlight as much equestrian news and achievements as possible," she said,

High number of equine ‘flu outbreaks

 The British Horse Society has warned that the number of equine ‘flu outbreaks has now exceeded more than 200 this year nationwide with no sign of it slowing down.

This is an extremely worrying situation, especially since outbreaks are likely to continue to rise with the competition season in full swing and horses being travelled and mixed together across the country.

The British Horse Society says that if you are you out and about with your horse this coming weekend, that there are plenty of simple steps you can take to help prevent the spread of disease.

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Borris school was Hickstead dual winner

Pupils from the Borris Vocational School in Co Carlow rode out as the dual winners of the recent Hurst College National Senior Schools Jumping Championships.

Patrick Doyle (Boley Boy), Aoife Murphy (Garrynadruig Turbo), Catherine Kavanagh (Coppenagh Blitz) and Claire Kavanagh (Clonagoose Daniel Dubh) made up the winning team, with Aoife claiming individual honours as well.

Hickstead winners Borris Vocational School Senior School (c) Julian Portch

Having produced three clears in the first round, the team was able to drop Catherine’s eight fault round and finish on a team score of zero. Former winners Wellington College and Millfield School finished second equal with eight faults.

Seventeen-year-old Aoife was the fastest of the five double clears in the jump-off, shaving 0.28 off the leading time to take the win ahead of runner-up George Laing from Hurst College.

It was a great day for the Borris Vocational School riders, with Claire Kavanagh (15) finishing eventual seventh in the individual honours, with 14-year-old Patrick Doyle finishing in eighth place.

Irish schools have a good record in this championship, with the title going to Newbridge College in Co Kildare 12 months ago, but this was the first win for the Borris Vocational School.

The school did finish in fourth place on their last visit two years ago, but this year they not only won the seniors title but brought a junior team as well, who also qualified for the final in Hickstead’s famous Longines International Arena.

“We also won the inter schools league back home in Ireland, so it’s been a good year for our school,” said Aoife.

Aoife Murphy and Garrynacdruig Turbo
Photo (c) Julian Portch

Aoife’s horse Garryndruig Turbo is a former Grade A showjumper, and she has had the ride on her for three years. “She’s quite a cheeky mare, but she’s a pet in the stable and she loves jumping clear rounds,” she said.

Although it was a long journey from Ireland – with the horses travelling via ferry and the riders flying over – today’s win made it more than worthwhile. The quartet can continue the celebrations over the weekend when they go to watch international showjumping at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

Millfield School claimed their third Hickstead title in four years when winning the Hurst College Junior Schools Championship.

The team of Tara Kay (Amandas), Charlotte Manton (Tullibards Boom Groom), Hatty Kingsford (Killycloghan Classic Melody) and Lily Rhys (Fond Of A Drop) secured the title for their Glastonbury-based school for the second year in a row.

Both Millfield and eventual runners-up Seaford College had to jump-off for honours after both teams produced a perfect sweep of four clear rounds apiece.

In the jump-off, Tara (14), Charlotte (13), Hatty (13) and Lily (14) repeated their clears to take the win, while Seaford ended up on eight faults.

All four members of the winning team also compete in eventing. Three of the riders are competing at BE100 level, with Charlotte hoping to step up to this height this season.

Hatty and Lily were both in the victorious team last year, so were making a winning return to the All England Jumping Course. “It feels really good to be part of the winning team for our school,” said Hatty. “My mare loved the course, it was really flowing and it’s a big arena which suits her.”

A pupil from The Towers School in Steyning took the top prize in the Hurst College Junior Schools Individual Championship.

Briony Martin, 14, and her pony My Time IV claimed individual honours after a fiercely competitive class.

They were last to go in the jump-off, so they had to wait until 14 other riders had tackled the shortened course against the clock. Briony knew she would have to pull out an impressive performance to take the lead, and she certainly did that – whizzing round in a time of 34.09sec to knock 0.82sec off the leading time.

Briony is no stranger to competing at Hickstead, and today was her third time riding in the Longines International Arena. “It’s such good fun, I always love it here,” she said.

Making their performance even more impressive is the fact My Time IV has had an eye removed. “He may only have one eye but he’s amazing. Although he can be quite cheeky he’s so cool, showjumping is definitely our thing,” she added.

Honor Redhouse claimed the Hickstead Elite 1.10m NSEA Individual Championship, riding her Connemara pony Zara Queen of Hearts. Today’s win marked a double for the pair, who won the same title here at the Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships 12 months ago.

“It’s my final year on her so it was great to win this class,” said Honor, 15, who is a pupil at Radnor House School in Sevenoaks. “My mare really loves the arena and the atmosphere here. It’s so nice that younger riders are able to compete here as well as the pros.”

After her win in the Longines International Arena, Honor was presented with a lesson with top Irish showjumper Trevor Breen – which was an added bonus for the young rider, who already trains with Trevor and his wife Caroline.

The Hickstead Elite 1.00m NSEA Team Championship took place in the Equine America Ring Three, with the title going to the Lady Manners School in Derbyshire.

The Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships were first held in 1964. Since then thousands of young riders have come to Hickstead each summer, each hoping to qualify to jump on the hallowed turf of the Longines International Arena.

Many familiar names have taken part in the championships, including riders Pippa Funnell, Robert Whitaker and Jessica Mendoza, as well as the Duchess of York, supermodel Jodie Kidd and BBC presenter Clare Balding.

“This event is one of the highlights of the amateur equestrian calendar, and competing at this level requires great skill and considerable courage,” said Tim Manly, Headmaster of sponsors Hurst College. “It’s been a great day of competition, with fantastic spirit shown by the riders.”

Irish school is dual winner of Hickstead’s senior schools event

Pupils from the Borris Vocational School in Co Carlow rode out as the dual winners of today’s Hurst College National Senior Schools Jumping Championships.

Patrick Doyle (Boley Boy), Aoife Murphy (Garrynadruig Turbo), Catherine Kavanagh (Coppenagh Blitz) and Claire Kavanagh (Clonagoose Daniel Dubh) made up the winning team, with Aoife claiming individual honours as well.

Having produced three clears in the first round, the team was able to drop Catherine’s eight fault round and finish on a team score of zero. Former winners Wellington College and Millfield School finished second equal with eight faults.

Seventeen-year-old Aoife was the fastest of the five double clears in the jump-off, shaving 0.28 off the leading time to take the win ahead of runner-up George Laing from Hurst College.

Aoife Murphy and Garrynacdruig Turbo
Photo (c) Julian Portch

It was a great day for the Borris Vocational School riders, with Claire Kavanagh (15) finishing eventual seventh in the individual honours, with 14-year-old Patrick Doyle finishing in eighth place.

Irish schools have a good record in this championship, with the title going to Newbridge College in Co Kildare 12 months ago, but this was the first win for the Borris Vocational School.

Borris Vocational School Senior Schools winning team(c) Julian Portch

The school did finish in fourth place on their last visit two years ago, but this year they not only won the seniors title but brought a junior team as well, who also qualified for the final in Hickstead’s famous Longines International Arena.

“We also won the inter schools league back home in Ireland, so it’s been a good year for our school,” said Aoife.

Aoife’s horse Garryndruig Turbo is a former Grade A showjumper, and she has had the ride on her for three years. “She’s quite a cheeky mare, but she’s a pet in the stable and she loves jumping clear rounds,” she said.

Although it was a long journey from Ireland – with the horses travelling via ferry and the riders flying over – today’s win made it more than worthwhile. The quartet can continue the celebrations over the weekend when they go to watch international showjumping at the London leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.

Millfield School claimed their third Hickstead title in four years when winning the Hurst College Junior Schools Championship.

 

The team of Tara Kay (Amandas), Charlotte Manton (Tullibards Boom Groom), Hatty Kingsford (Killycloghan Classic Melody) and Lily Rhys (Fond Of A Drop) secured the title for their Glastonbury-based school for the second year in a row.

Both Millfield and eventual runners-up Seaford College had to jump-off for honours after both teams produced a perfect sweep of four clear rounds apiece.

In the jump-off, Tara (14), Charlotte (13), Hatty (13) and Lily (14) repeated their clears to take the win, while Seaford ended up on eight faults.

All four members of the winning team also compete in eventing. Three of the riders are competing at BE100 level, with Charlotte hoping to step up to this height this season.

Hatty and Lily were both in the victorious team last year, so were making a winning return to the All England Jumping Course. “It feels really good to be part of the winning team for our school,” said Hatty. “My mare loved the course, it was really flowing and it’s a big arena which suits her.”

A pupil from The Towers School in Steyning took the top prize in the Hurst College Junior Schools Individual Championship.

Briony Martin, 14, and her pony My Time IV claimed individual honours after a fiercely competitive class.

They were last to go in the jump-off, so they had to wait until 14 other riders had tackled the shortened course against the clock. Briony knew she would have to pull out an impressive performance to take the lead, and she certainly did that – whizzing round in a time of 34.09sec to knock 0.82sec off the leading time.

Briony is no stranger to competing at Hickstead, and today was her third time riding in the Longines International Arena. “It’s such good fun, I always love it here,” she said.

Making their performance even more impressive is the fact My Time IV has had an eye removed. “He may only have one eye but he’s amazing. Although he can be quite cheeky he’s so cool, showjumping is definitely our thing,” she added.

Honor Redhouse claimed the Hickstead Elite 1.10m NSEA Individual Championship, riding her Connemara pony Zara Queen of Hearts. Today’s win marked a double for the pair, who won the same title here at the Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships 12 months ago.

“It’s my final year on her so it was great to win this class,” said Honor, 15, who is a pupil at Radnor House School in Sevenoaks. “My mare really loves the arena and the atmosphere here. It’s so nice that younger riders are able to compete here as well as the pros.”

After her win in the Longines International Arena, Honor was presented with a lesson with top Irish showjumper Trevor Breen – which was an added bonus for the young rider, who already trains with Trevor and his wife Caroline.

The Hickstead Elite 1.00m NSEA Team Championship took place in the Equine America Ring Three, with the title going to the Lady Manners School in Derbyshire.

The Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships were first held in 1964. Since then thousands of young riders have come to Hickstead each summer, each hoping to qualify to jump on the hallowed turf of the Longines International Arena.

Many familiar names have taken part in the championships, including riders Pippa Funnell, Robert Whitaker and Jessica Mendoza, as well as the Duchess of York, supermodel Jodie Kidd and BBC presenter Clare Balding.

“This event is one of the highlights of the amateur equestrian calendar, and competing at this level requires great skill and considerable courage,” said Tim Manly, Headmaster of sponsors Hurst College. “It’s been a great day of competition, with fantastic spirit shown by the riders.”

Historic Day at Glorious Goodwood yesterday

LADIES DAY at Glorious Goodwood yesterday fulfilled all expectations, with the highlight being when Mhadijah Mellah became Britain’s first Muslim jockey to win her debut race there.

Just 18-years-old, she won the Magnolia Cup charity race for women only in fine style on board Haverland. It was even more remarkable because the first time she sat on a racehorse was only four months previously- and she finished in front of the likes of VIctoria Pendleton and model Vogue Williams.

Magnolia Cup winner Mella following her victory      Photo: Press Association

Mella is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September.
The charity race, a five-furlong and 110-yard flat race, was held on the third day of the meet to raise funds for Wellbeing of Women.
She came from off the pace to score a memorable victory for connections.Mellah raced less than four months after first sitting on a racehorse and is the first person in the UK to ride a competitive race while wearing a hijab.
The rookie jockey is set to study mechanical engineering at university in September.
The charity race, a five-furlong and 110-yard flat race, was held on the third day of the meet to raise funds for Wellbeing of Women.
She said ahead of the race: “It’s crazy to think of my journey over the last couple of months but a big part of my life has been proving people wrong.”
“There’s quite a stereotype around Muslim girls and them ‘not being able to follow their sporting passions and dreams’.
“I want to be a role model to anyone who wants to do something that they wouldn’t initially believe was in their comfort zone and allow people to follow their aspirations and dreams.”

Deirdre ridden to victory by Oisin Murphy
Photo: John Simpson

Earlier at the meeting, history was also made when Japanese trainer Mitsuru Hashida, saddled up Deirdre to win the Qatar Nassau Stakes at Goodwood.

Settled off the pace by Oisin Murphy when Mehdaayih and Hermosa set a demanding gallop, the five-year-old stayed on powerfully to mark up a significant overseas win.

Jockey Oisin Murphy guided the five-year-old home to a great victory as Dettori and Mehdaayih came in second.

 

Impressive Goodwood double for Dettori

Jockey Frankie Dettori  had an impressive win in the Qtar Goodwood Cup Stakes- a Group1 two mile race in the British Champions Series at Goodwood yesterday on good going.

The 48-year-old partnered Stradivarius, the 4/5 favourite trained by John Gosden,  to an impressive victory in the race. He snatched the win by a neck from 11-2 runner-up shot  Dee Ex Bee at 11-2, trained by Mark Johnston and ridden by Silvestre De Sousa.

It was the third consecutive year that Tradivarius had won this race.

Stradivarius stars again in Goodwood Cup with Frankie Dettori Photo courtesy of Goodwood.

Cross Counter, trained by Charlie Appleby and ridden by James Doyle was third.

There was a quick double for Frankie Dettori for he also won the following race for trainer John Quinn on board 15-8 favourite Cobra Eye, beating Fuwayit- a Mark Johnston-trained runner sent off at 8-1.
It meant an 11th Group One victory for Dettori in 62 days. He continued his impressive form as he won the Sussex Stakes on Too Darn Hot at Glorious Goodwood on Wednesday.

The John Gosden-trained evens favourite pulled clear under him in the final furlong to win from Circus Maximus and I Can Fly.

The three-year-old, owned by Lord Andrew Lloyd Webber, was briefly trapped in a pocket but came through to win the mile prize comfortably.

 

 

 

Hickstead boost to Tim Stockdale Foundation

The directors of the All England Jumping Course handed over a cheque for £51,894 to the Tim Stockdale Foundation, following the first #10forTim charity run at Hickstead.

The race was held on Saturday 27 July in memory of Tim Stockdale, one of Great Britain’s most successful showjumpers, who died last November just a month after being diagnosed with stomach cancer.

Tim’s wife Laura and their two sons Joe and Mark set up the Tim Stockdale Foundation in his memory. The Foundation helps to support young people’s aspirations in the three sports Tim loved best – golf, cricket and of course showjumping – as well as other causes close to his heart.

Lizzie Bunn, Laura Stockdale, Joe Stockdale and Clare Balding with the cheque

“Hickstead was the scene of one of Tim’s best career moments, winning the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup in 2010 with Fresh Direct Kalico Bay. As such we felt it was important to hold an event in his memory, and so the #10forTim run was born,” explains Lizzie Bunn, who came up with the idea of the relay race.

The charity run took place on the penultimate evening of the Longines Royal International Horse Show, and saw teams of 10 runners race in relay style round the perimeter track of the Longines International Arena. Each team had to raise a minimum of £2,500 for the charity.

Riders are known for their competitiveness, and many are no stranger to racing round Hickstead’s main arena at speed – albeit usually on a horse, rather than on foot. Many familiar names from the horse world took part in Saturday night’s run, including Pippa and William Funnell, Guy Williams, Jessica Springsteen, Laura Kraut, Holly Smith and a whole team of members of the famous Whitaker family. Laura Stockdale, Joe Stockdale and Tim’s twin brother Ivan Stockdale also ran in the race.

The team from Equine America crossed the finish line first, while Team Stuccles, led by Badr Al Omran, raised the most money for the charity. Hundreds of Hickstead fans gathered to cheer on the runners, and enjoy the live music and entertainment.

Tim was a talented showjumper, making more than 50 Nations Cup appearances during his career as well as representing Great Britain at the Olympics, World and European Championships. He was also a renowned producer of horses, an inspiring trainer, a sought-after commentator and presenter, and one of the best ambassadors for equestrian sport.

He was also no stranger to overcoming the odds. “After breaking his neck in a riding fall in October 2011, he returned to competition just four months later and was winning five-star Grands Prix within a year,” said Lizzie Bunn.

“The name of Tim’s autobiography was ‘There’s no such word as can’t!’ – and that was an ethos he lived by, and always inspired in others. We feel that ethos was very appropriate for the #10forTim run – not all the participants were enthusiastic runners or athletically-built, and we set a considerable total fundraising target of £50,000, but everyone rose to the challenge and I’m delighted to say we exceeded our target on the night, with donations still coming in.”

The Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in West Sussex ran from 23-28 July, with international showjumping being held alongside championship showing classes and national jumping competitions.

To donate to Team Hickstead’s fundraising efforts, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamhickstead

Prestigious successes for SE RDA riders

Riding for the Disabled in the South East is celebrating the success of its wonderful riders and drivers who brought back numerous prizes and rosettes from the RDA National Championships, held long weekend in mid-July at Hartpury College, Gloucestershire.

Simply qualifying for the Championships is an amazing achievement but to prove yourself among the country’s best is quite remarkable.

It was the Carriage Drivers who set the standard on the first day, with Jack Marr of Bradbourne RDA (Sevenoaks, Kent) coming second in the Novice class, driving Disney.

Jack Marr of Bradbourne drives Disney into 2nd place at the National Championships Novice class seated next to Coach Debbie Tatton
Photo: Joanna Sale

He was less than a point behind the winner so it was an exciting start. Then Sandra Spinner of Cherry Park RDA (Chichester, West Sussex) won the Intermediate Class AND the Championship setting the bar even higher.

Next the riders with Zoe House of Fairlight Hall (Hastings, East Sussex) winning the senior class of the Countryside Challenge on Henna, while Rosie Turner, also of Fairlight Hall and riding Henna, came second in her Countryside Challenge class.

On Saturday, the juniors did not let the South East Down as Hannah Mohan of Quest RDA (Chobham, Surrey) rode her own Willow Fury’s Comet into first place in the dressage freestyle and an excellent fourth place in the Grade 1-6 class.

On Sunday, Sharon Kelsall from Cornilo RDA (Dover, Kent) came a creditable fourth in the senior dressage freestyle.

Sharon Kelsall. winner of the Dressage Grade 3 Championship
Photo: Joanna Sale

The Region also scored exceptionally in the Arts & Crafts competition with winners again for Fairlight Hall with Zoe House winning the Individual Sculpture as well as second in Paint me a Picture.

While the Group were second in the Group Sculpture and Sully Smith came third in the collage. Sandhurst Group’s Bagshot School, (Bagshot, Surrey) did well again for a second year running by winning the 50th Anniversary competition with its entry.

France wins Arundel jousting competition

Arundel Castle’s Medieval Jousting Week came to a finale on Sunday July 28 when France stole an unlikely victory from firm favourite Australia to take the Team Win trophy by three points.

Marie Baron and Luc Petillot, representing France, were declared victors for the first time ever at Arundel following ten years of near misses.

The jousting world champion, Australia’s Philip Leitch, took the individual trophy, the Order of Arundel, with Baron hot on his heels just four points behind.

Not all was lost for the home team: England’s Mike Collin came away with the Skill at Arms trophy, while his England team mate Zac Evans was named the most chivalrous competitor.

Arundel Castle jousting winner 2019   Photo: Clare Seaman

A new Skill at Arms trophy, the Squire Award, went to Sweden’s Åsa Cidh.

It  was the longest jousting tournament in the world and a true international sporting contest,  and organiser Stacy Van Dolah Evans said it was “the highest level of jousting” he had ever experienced.

Arundel Castle will host four events in August including Living History Day on Augut 6, Shakespeare’s The Tempest on August16 and 17, Family History Weekend on the 17 and 18, and 12,000 Years of Combat on the 24-26.

For more information, please visit www.arundelcastle.org.

 

 

 

David Will wins Hickstead’s King George V Gold Cup

David Will lifted the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, becoming the first German rider to win the trophy since Holger Wulschner in 2008.

Will, 31, was aiming to ride one of his other international horses in today’s Grand Prix, but ended up having to change plans and compete his new ride, the nine-year-old Holsteiner Never Walk Alone, instead – a decision that certainly paid off when he finished top of a five-strong jump-off.

“It’s actually only our fourth show together, we did one show in Poland two weeks ago and won the Grand Prix there,” said David. “The horse I’d planned to ride was a little bit sick and had a bit of a temperature on the first day. She’s recovered, but we thought it would be better not to jump her, so we thought we’d give it a shot with Never Walk Alone and it turned out to be great! I thought he jumped both rounds exceptionally good. He was really, really fighting.”

David in winning form at Hickstead
Photo: Julian Portch

The Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup is one of the most coveted Grands Prix in the world. First held held in 1911, it has since been won by many of the sport’s biggest names.

“It’s something very special to be on the trophy forever. I couldn’t be happier. As we know, it’s a very special arena – a horse has to really be brave and try his best, and mine couldn’t have been better.”

Asked if he was a Liverpool fan, given his winning horse’s name, he said: “I’m certainly a Liverpool fan now! They have a German manager in Jurgen Klopp, so now we’re following them a bit more in Germany too.”

Olympic silver medallist Peder Fredricson (SWE) was first to ride against the clock, setting a time of 45.28sec with Zacramento, before David shaved more than a second off his time to take the lead.

“Of course I’d like to have my name on the trophy, but we had a great week and I’m really happy with how my horse jumped,” said Peder, who was part of Friday’s winning Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ team but had to settle for the runner-up spot today.

Swedish rider Fredrik Jonsson (Cold Play) and Brazil’s Luiz de Azevedo Filho (Chachito) both produced double clears but neither could catch David’s time.

Ireland’s Michael Duffy came closest after finishing in the second fastest time on Mullaghdrin Touch The Stars, but unfortunately he was later eliminated under FEI blood rules, and dropped to fifth place.

No British rider has won the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup since Ben Maher in 2013, and today none of the home contenders made it through to the jump-off. Guy Williams (Rouge De Ravel) and Amy Inglis (Wishes) came closest, with just four faults apiece.

Shortly before the King George, Tripple X III – the horse who took Britain’s Ben Maher to Olympic team gold at London 2012 – was officially retired. The last time Ben rode Tripple X III was in 2013 when he won the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup here, and today the crowd gave the horse a standing ovation as he returned to the scene of one of his biggest wins.

Tiffany Foster, who has competed the horse at the top level for the past six years, was also there to say farewell to the 17-year-old black stallion. Tripple X III was ridden into the arena by Ben, before the horse’s saddle was removed and he was led out of the arena by Tiffany.

In the morning, young talents were on show in the Old Lodge International 7&8 Year Old Championship, with the spoils going to Brazil’s Thiago Ribas Da Costa

His win came courtesy of seven-year-old Mano Negra Van De Bucxtale, who often saves his best for last. “He always jumps his best on the last day, and he’s got some really good results,” says Thiago, who has been based in the Netherlands for the last four years and was making his first ever visit to Hickstead. To compete at the home of British showjumping, and even better to win here, was the realisation of a longheld ambition. “It’s unbelievable – it was my dream, one day, to be here,” added the emotional rider.

The Longines Royal International Horse Show finished ended, bringing six days of competition to a close. The next fixture to take place at Hickstead is the Hurst College National Schools and Pony Club Jumping Championships (Thursday 1 August), followed by the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships (29 August to 1 September). Admission to both events is free to spectators.

 

 

Rock ‘n’ Horsepower presents the Golden Stone Years

Rock ‘n’ Horsepower presents the Golden Stone Years- a tribute to Brian Jones on Saturday August 17 at Hurtwood Park Polo Club in Surrey.
The event will support The David Lynch Foundation UK. It will offer all the excitement and spectacle of polo, the chance to eyeball a jaw dropping array of high-performance super cars and a star-studded concert featuring a tribute to the late Brian Jones – ‘The
Golden Stone’ – to commemorate 50 years since his untimely passing.

Rock’N’Horsepower

Tickets priced from £60+b/f are available from EventBrite
Gates open at 12pm. Polo to start at 2pm followed by the concert at 4pm. Finish time for the event is 10.30pm.
A statement about the event said: “The music Brian Jones created has touched our global community and continues to be passed from one music lover to another, regardless of age, race or mind-set .
“This one-day celebration of the Brian Jones legacy is designed to welcome and entertain all. This music-based, cross generational day out will be hosted by Donovan
and his wife Linda Leitch, with Kenney and Jayne Jones, and will be attended by family, friends, and Brian’s musical peers.

The late Brian Jones

“As Brian’s family we waited for the right timing to celebrate his musical genius and now, with the huge support of Kenney and Jayne Jones, this is the year! Join my wife Linda, Brian and Linda’s grandson Joolz Jones, and me for an All Star Tribute to the undisputed Maestro who innovated the way modern roots rock music is played and
performed. See you all there!”  said Donovan, Linda and Joolz Jones.
Donovan and Hurtwood Park owner Kenney Jones, formerly of The Who and The Small Faces, have enlisted music director, Mike Stevens, and the ELO band to back up their special guest performers. The announced line- up includes Donovan, Kenney Jones & the Jones Gang, The Stranglers, The Waterboys, Glen Matlock & the Tough
Cookies featuring Earl Slick, Steve Harley (Cockney Rebel), Jonny Kaplan and the Lazy Stars, Lola Lennox, Joolz Jones (Brian Jones’ grandson), London Contemporary Voices Choir, DJ Milf of EMF, Stephanie Rainey, MC Liz Kershaw plus surprise guest appearances.
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