More than £7,000 raised at Hickstead Ball

More than £7,000 was raised at Hickstead’s recent annual Showtime Ball , with all profits from the night going towards improving the showing facilities at the showground.

Around 150 guests from the showing community attended the glittering black tie event, which takes place in the Members’ Restaurant overlooking the famous International Arena. The Ball has been held each year since 2015 and has raised in excess of £25,000 since it started, allowing Hickstead to make a number of beneficial changes to the showing arenas at its international shows.

One of the highlights of the evening was the presentation of the Roger Stack Award. Named after Hickstead’s former Showing Director Roger Stack, who sadly died in December 2016, the award is presented for the showing performance of the year.

This year’s recipient was top show producer Jayne Ross, who has won countless titles at Hickstead including five British Horse Society Supreme Horse titles.

“It was such a special treat to receive the Roger Stack Award, winning it is definitely one of the highlights of my showing career and it’s a real honour to be selected,” said Jayne. “Hickstead is one of my favourite shows of the year, if not my favourite, and to win in that main ring is always so special.”

Jayne Ross receives the Roger Stack Award from Hickstead Director Edward Bunn Photo: Craig Payne

Presenting the award, Hickstead Director Edward Bunn said: “If we listed everything Jayne has won, we’d be here for hours. She has won numerous championships and -supremes, and she’s one of our biggest supporters. She is a very worthy winner of the Roger Stack award.

“We would also like to thank all the people who donated auction prizes, and everyone who came to the Ball and made it such a success,” Edward added.

Death of top showjumper Tim Stockdale

Top British showjumper Tim Stockdale has died  at the age of 54  after being diagnosed recently with stomach cancer. His wife Laura and their sons, Joseph and Mark were with him.

Tim first competed at International level in 1988 and represented Britain in more than 50 Nation Cup events as well as  in senior championships

He first represented GB  at the 2002 World Equestrian Games with his horse, Fresh Direct Parcival.  He and grey mare Fresh Direct Corlato were the top British pairing at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and also represented Britain in 2009 at the European Championships held at Windsor.

International showjumper Tim Stockdale pictured at Hickstead with vet Ed Lyall MRCVS of Arundel Equine Hospital

Another of his memorable victories were winning the 2002 Grand Prix at the Horse of the Year Show with Fresh Direct Paricival.

He went on to win the prestigious King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead, partnering Fresh Firect Kalico Bay in 2010. The following year he broke three vertebrae in his neck in a fall, but returned to top level competition. He was still competing and winning in International events in September this year, before he was diagnosed with cancer.

He had started riding at the age of seven and progressed through the Pony Club as a member of the Grove Hunt branch and started his professional career working for Mike Saywell, moving to the position of second jockey to Graham Fletcher.

He then worked and trained under John Naylor and with Susan and Lutz Meyerding.

Tim met his wife Laura while competing at Henley in 1991. They invested in a Northamptonship yard in 1996, which they developed into a first-class showjumping yard and their home. Tim and Laura were married and went on have their first son Joseph in 1999, followed by Mark in 2004.

Nottingham Trent University awarded Tim an honorary degree for services to equestrianism and in April 2010 he was presented with the British Equestrian Federation’s medal of honour at the British Open Showjumping Championships in recognition of outstanding services to equestrian sport.

A Memorial Service will be held later to celebrate his life and achievements.

 

 

Hickstead looks ahead to another exciting season

It may be the off-season but the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead is not resting in its laurels. It is currently very busy with an exciting new project, which will be revealed in its next E news.

Meanwhile Hickstead Box Office will open at the beginning of December, with plenty of time to place orders before Christmas.

Hickstead has congratulated all the winners of the recent Horse&Hound Awards, particularly Captain Mark Phillips who took the Lifetime Achievement Award.

Captain Mark Phillips
Photo: John Simpson

Hickstead said: “We were hoping William Funnell would pick up the Griffin Nuu Med moment of the year for his spectacular Al Shira’aa Derby win, but in the end it was Tim and Jonelle Price who took the honours following their Badminton and Burghley victories.”

Hickstead has sent warm congratulations to Harriet Nuttall, who married jockey Will Biddick recently. Harriet has an amazing record at Hickstead, including three second placings in the Al Shira’aa Derby, plus wins in the Bunn Leisure Speed Derby and The British Horse Society Queen Elizabeth II Cup.

Harriet Nutall in winning form at Hickstead. Photo: John Simpson

While Hickstead is proud to host the British leg of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series, during the winter months attention turns to the indoor circuit and the Longines FEI World Cup™.

Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs currently leads the standings after a stunning win in Lyon last weekend, with France’s Kevin Staut and Swiss rider Steve Guerdat hot on his heels.

Meanwhile Hickstead’s famous Showtime Ball on Saturday November 17 has only a few places still available. To purchase tickets or make your bookings, call Hannah on 01273 837253 or email hannah.robinson@hickstead.co.uk Don’t miss your chance to win a pair of tickets for the afternoon performance on Wednesday December 19 at Olympia, The London International Horse Show (December 17 – 23 2018).

Meanwhile, experience the festive magic of Olympia – this equestrian spectacular is sure to be the highlight of Christmas. Entries close November 26 2018.

1.10m National Amateur second rounds

Chard Equestrian Centre in Crewkerne, Somerset produced worthy winners at the weekend as riders contended the Dodson & Horrell 95cm and 1.10m Second Rounds in the hope of qualifying for the Dodson & Horrell National Amateur Championships at Aintree Equestrian Centre in Liverpool on 13 – 18 November 2018.

Dodson & Horrell 1.10m National Amateur Second Round

Hannah Tiley from Horsham, West Sussex clinched victory in the Dodson & Horrell 1.10m National Amateur Second Round with a speedy round on her own Amaryllis III.

Hannah Tiley jumping to victory. Photo:Rob Bayes Photography

Only six competitors managed to jump clear over the 12-fence track. No-one could match Hannah’s efforts on Amaryllis III with the 10-year-old bay mare answering every question to win with 4.41 seconds in hand.

The Chard Equestrian Centre – Sunday October 14 2018 

Dodson & Horrell 1.10m National Amateur Second Round Results

1 Hannah Tiley &Amaryllis III – 0/0 – 31.06 seconds

2 Susan Jarman & Billy Jive – 0/0 – 36.62 seconds

3 Kathryn Thomas & Zorba IV – 0/4 – 32.80 seconds

4 Kevin Whiting & Ippolito Figlio Di Bentley– 0/8 – 36.28 seconds

5 Sophie Fuller & Infinaty – 0/8 – 48.50 seconds

Fleur named as October’s Shining Star

Fleur Jeffery has been awarded the NAF Shining Star for October for her cheerful and hardworking attitude along with being dedicated to furthering her knowledge within the Junior Academy environment.

Twelve-year-old Fleur from Hailsham, East Sussex was nominated by Lead Coach for the Sussex Academy Judi Piper-Dadswell. “Fleur has been a member of the Sussex Junior Academy for the past three years. She is cheerful, hardworking and is equally dedicated to learning about caring and training for her ponies, as well as being a strong competitor,” said Judi. “Despite being one of our youngest members, Fleur is a great team player and is always supportive of her teammates.”

Fleur Jeffery- Shining Star for October  Photo: British Showjumping

As well as producing some fabulous winning rounds for the Sussex Junior Academy  team at the British Showjumping National Junior Academy Championships riding her 128cm pony, Symondsbury Piper, Judi added the following about Fleur “She has produced her young pony BBS Sky High, known as Blue, from being an unruly pony to now jumping calm, stylish rounds in competitions. She also completed the NAF 2* Pony Five Star Final competition in tremendous style despite the inexperience of the combination which is a credit to her patience and determination.”

After finding out she was the winner of October’s NAF Shining Star, Fleur said “I was really surprised when I found out I had won as I didn’t know that I had been nominated; I still can’t quite believe it. The Sussex Academy is brilliant, I’ve made new friends and everyone always helps each other as well as having lots of fun. Training with Judi is great, she explains everything, gives me ideas and lots of homework to practice to help me and my pony. Next year, I am looking forward to bringing my 138cm Blue through the levels and seeing what we can do. I’d like to qualify him for the National Championships and I’m looking forward to the Academy competitions too as they’re such good fun.”

Branwen Griffin from NAF added “Congratulations Fleur, a very worthy winner of this month’s Shining Star Award! It is a pleasure to hear how dedicated she is at such a young age. Her hard work and determination is admirable. With such a fantastic mature attitude and dedication, Fleur is bound to go far. We wish you a very successful 2019 and well done!”

Fleur will now receive a number of NAF Equine products to use alongside the NAF products that she is already using such as NAF Superflex, NAF Superflex Senior and the NAF Sheer Luxe Leather tack care range.

The NAF Shining Star Award was introduced when NAF became a British Showjumping Business Partner. The award is for members of a Junior Academy who have shown a great deal of commitment, progression and outstanding behaviour along with their riding ability and much more. Riders are nominated by their lead coach, and then judged and awarded by NAF to one person each month.

 

Trevor Breen HOYS double

Trevor Breen completed an impressive Horse of the Year Show double when he won the HOYS British Horse Feeds Speedi-Beet Grade C Championship  at this year’s show.

Trevor Breen on his way to victory

It was a tense jump-off but he did it aboard Diamants Aurora, an eight-year-old grey mare owned by Tracy Priest that he had never sat on  until a day before the show.

Trevor maintained his remarkable unbeaten record in the Talent Seekers, incorporating the seven-year-old Championship on Wednesday, having taken the ride due to its owner and regular rider being away in Barcelona.

 

 It was Buckinghamshire-based Trevor’s fourth win from four attempts in the Talent Seekers class, and he also came up trumps in the Grade C Championship, clocking a time of 35.60 seconds to take a 10 horse jump-off. He had a winning margin of almost half a second from Danielle Farnsworth and Inglenook Eline, with Benjamin Clark and LCC Comanche taking third, just ahead of Lance Whitehouse and Bazento.

 “I must say that the horse jumps fantastically and makes my life very easy,” Trevor said. “Tracy Priest, her owner and normal rider, is away this week and I have been lucky enough to get the ride. She has done a great job producing her, which makes it a very easy horse to ride.

 “She was over the moon when we won the other day. She said before we came here that maybe the Talent Seekers would be about me getting to know the horse a little bit, and then have a good chance of winning on Saturday. So when I won the other day, she was like ‘I can’t believe you won it’ – and now she has gone and done it again. The mare is such a fighter in the ring; she loves the crowd and atmosphere, and I think she wants to win as much as I do. She just makes my life very easy because she is so careful.”

Trevor Breen crowned Talent Seekers Champion 2018

Ireland’s Trevor Breen maintained his remarkable unbeaten record in the Talent Seekers, incorporating the seven-year-old Championship at Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham at the NEC Genting Arena.

In true form he did it on a horse that he had never sat on until just 36 hours before the competition – Diamant S Aurora The mare, which is normally ridden by Tracy Priest, won in style after only three combinations from 25 starters made it through to the jump-off.

Trevor Breen on his way to victory     Photo:  1st Class Images

Trevor triumphed in a time of 32.36 seconds from Alfie Bradstock and Eebay in second and Nicole Pavitt in third aboard Paris 16. Nicole also piloted the highest-placed seven-year-old horse in the class, finishing sixth on Gianni HC.

Buckinghamshire-based Trevor previously won the Talent Seekers in 2011, 2014 and 2015, and his latest victory made it four from four attempts.

Commenting on his win he said; “It’s a great class at a super show. Everyone wants to ride here and sets their stall out to try to qualify for it. It’s a show that gets the blood going.

“Tracy Priest, who normally rides the horse and has done a great job producing her to this level and qualified her for the class. She then rang me on Monday and said she was going to Barcelona for the week so asked me to take the ride. I didn’t ask too many questions, and said ‘yes, of course’. She brought her to my place on Tuesday morning, I gave the horse a few jumps and now I am here!”

He continued: “I said to Tracy jokingly that the horse had better keep up my 100 per cent record! She’s a lovely mare. I have watched a lot of her, I’ve always liked her, but I only ever see her in the ring.

“Tracy told me that she is very laid back, very relaxed, but she lights up when she goes in the ring, and she was absolutely bang on. She went in the ring and was so relaxed.

“She jumped her heart out and she was fantastic. It has always been a lucky show for me, and as long as they keep having me, I will keep coming.”

International showjumpers confirmed for HOYS

Get ready to take your seats to witness the greatest names of Showjumping compete at this year’s Horse of the Year Show.

HOYS is delighted to announce the International Show Jumpers who will be competing at the 70th Anniversary Show held at the Genting Arena, Birmingham’s NEC from October 3-7 2018.

There is a total of 30 spaces for riders competing in the nine CSI3* classes here at HOYS which commence on Friday October 5 and finish with the prestigious Leading Show Jumper of the Year Grand Prix on Sunday October 7.

HOYS competitor Matthew Sampson in action
Photo courtesy of Hickstead

This class, in addition to two other classes, carries Longines Ranking points and has the biggest prize fund of Horse of the Year Show at £40,000. Taking place during the Sunday Gala Evening Performance, it will provide exhilarating competition ahead of the HOYS Finale.

The riders are as follows;

1.       Julie Andrews (GB)

2.       Paul Barker (GB)

3.       Harry Charles (GB)

4.       Joe Clayton (GB)

5.       Nigel Coupe (GB)

6.       Joe Stockdale (GB)

7.       Robert Murphy (GB)

8.       Matthew Sampson (GB)

9.       Louise Saywell (GB)

10.   Robert Smith (GB)

11.   Helen Tredwell (GB)

12.   Mennell Watson (GB)

13.   John Whitaker (GB)

14.   Michael Whitaker (GB)

15.   Robert Whitaker (GB)

16.   Guy Williams (GB)

17.   Trevor Breen (IRE)

18.   Michael Duffy (IRE)

19.   Richard Howley (IRE)

20.   Denis Lynch (IRE)

21.   Peter Moloney (IRE)

22.   Karel Cox (BEL)

23.   Guido Hornesch (BEL)

24.   Francois Jr Mathy (BEL)

25.   Sameh El Dahan (EGY)

26.   Geoffroy De Coligny (FRA)

27.   Max Thirouin (FRA)

28.   Gerco Schroder (NED)

29.   Hendrick-Jan Schroder

30.   Angelie Von Essen (SWE)

Want a chance to meet and greet some of these international riders? Head to the HOYS Live Zone in the Retail Village where the celebrity rider signings will be hosted each day with selected riders. The Sunday Gala Evening is one not to be missed; with a live musical performance and a guest appearance from Martin Clunes and the Hook Norton Brewery ahead of the HOYS champions being crowned.

If you are yet to book your tickets then there’s still time, call the Box Office on 0844 581 8282 or visit www.hoys.co.uk/tickets

Outstanding Hickstead 2018

Ireland’s Shane Breen finished a superb Hickstead season in style last week when claiming Hickstead’s  £6,000 All England Grand Prix with the nine-year-old stallion Clyde VA.
A total of 74 starters came forward for the Grand Prix, which is the feature class of this four-day national championships, with eight combinations jumping clear in the first round.

Shane Breen and Clyde VA on their way to Hickstead victory Photo: Julian Portch

First to go was Breen Equestrian stable jockey Georgia Tame, who set a target of 48.30sec, but next to go Shane managed to shave more than 4sec off her time to take the lead.
The in-form Yazmin Pinchen almost secured her third 1.40m win in the space of four days but had to settle for second place with Van De Vivaldi, having finished 0.13 sec slower than Shane. But that was a memorable performance for this talented rider.
She went on and secured a double of Hickstead wins during the All England Jumping Championships, claiming both 1.40m Opens with this talented horse on the first and second days of the show.

Yasmin Pincher in action
Photo: Julian Portch

A total of 111 starters came forward for the class, which was the first to be held in the International Arena, with 19 combinations going clear in the first round. But Yasmin set such a strong time that no-one could catch her.
She said:” I am obviously delighted with him, but I was worried the time could be beaten. But at his best, he is unbeatable against the clock and can take a stride out so easily and is so careful.”
This summer Shane Breen’s form has been outstanding. He has won the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial and the British Speed Classic with Can Ya Makan, who was also third in the Al Shira’aa Derby, and he was victorious with Clyde VA in the Hickstead Masters’ Trophy. He is married to Chloe Breen, the daughter of Hickstead founder Douglas Bunn, and is based at Hickstead Place so this is his home show.
The win was also an ideal final run for Shane before he heads to Tryon, having had a late call up to the Irish showjumping team of four for the FEI World Equestrian Games.
“You don’t think he’s very quick and he’s a bit lazy, but he’s got such a long stride,” said Shane of his winning ride. “When he won at the June show I didn’t think he had a chance and that surprised me, but having won that class I knew he could do it today.”
Having finished seventh in his debut in the Al Shira’aa Derby in 2015, Alfie Bradstock knows what it takes to jump Hickstead’s famous fixed obstacles – and he proved that again when winning Saturday’s Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge.
Alfie made it a double in the International Arena when winning Sunday’s All England 1.20m Open Championship.
In the All England 6 & 7 Year Old Championships, the winner and runner-up both came from the six-year-old division, with Matthew Sampson winning on the mare Happy Fomia, ahead of Lucy Townley and the Billy Stud’s Billy Spiral.
Matthew has a talented string of horses for the future, as he also claimed the British Showjumping Talent Seekers qualifier with Geneve R, ahead of Nicole Pavitt on Paris 16 and Gianni HC in second and third respectively.
Three other championships took place in the International Arena on Saturday. Barry Drea, whose daughter Maisie has ridden on the British showjumping team on a number of occasions, won the first of these – the All England 1.20m Amateur Championship, riding Okehurst Miss Mexico.
Event rider Sophie Ashton-Rickardt took the Harcour Hickstead All England 1.10m Amateur Championship with Masterfly, giving Sophie her first win in the International Arena. The final class on Saturday was the Spidge Photography 1m Open Championship, which attracted huge entries with 158 competitors in the first qualifier and 221 in the second. The final saw 31 combinations come forward, with the win going to Nick Edwards and Its Showbusiness.
Joseph Trunkfield and Fanella I were the victors in Sunday’s All England Novice Championship, the first class of the final day of the show, while the All England 1.30m Open Championship went to Matthew Sampson and Ebolensky, giving Matthew his third major win of the show.

Shane Breen wins Hickstead Grand Prix

Ireland’s Shane Breen finished a superb Hickstead season in style when claiming Hickstead’s  £6,000 All England Grand Prix with the nine-year-old stallion Clyde VA.

A total of 74 starters came forward for the Grand Prix, which is the feature class of this four-day national championships, with eight combinations jumping clear in the first round.

First to go was Breen Equestrian stable jockey Georgia Tame, who set a target of 48.30sec, but next to go Shane managed to shave more than 4sec off her time to take the lead.

The in-form Yazmin Pinchen almost secured her third 1.40m win in the space of four days but had to settle for second place with Van De Vivaldi, having finished 0.13 sec slower than Shane.

Shane Breen and Clyde VA on their way to Hickstead victory Photo: Julian Portch

 

This summer Shane Breen has won the Bunn Leisure Derby Trial and the British Speed Classic with Can Ya Makan, who was also third in the Al Shira’aa Derby, and he was victorious with Clyde VA in the Hickstead Masters’ Trophy. He is married to Chloe Breen, the daughter of Hickstead founder Douglas Bunn, and is based at Hickstead Place so this is his home show.

Today’s win was also an ideal final run for Shane before he heads to Tryon, having had a late call up to the Irish showjumping team of four for the FEI World Equestrian Games.

“You don’t think he’s very quick and he’s a bit lazy, but he’s got such a long stride,” said Shane of his winning ride. “When he won at the June show I didn’t think he had a chance and that surprised me, but having won that class I knew he could do it today.”

Having finished seventh in his debut in the Al Shira’aa Derby in 2015, Alfie Bradstock knows what it takes to jump Hickstead’s famous fixed obstacles – and he proved that again when winning Saturday’s Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge.

Alfie made it a double in the International Arena when winning Sunday’s All England 1.20m Open Championship.

West Sussex-based Yazmin Pinchen also secured a double of Hickstead wins during the All England Jumping Championships, claiming both 1.40m Opens with Van De Vivaldi on the first and second day of the show.

In the All England 6 & 7 Year Old Championships, the winner and runner-up both came from the six-year-old division, with Matthew Sampson winning on the mare Happy Fomia, ahead of Lucy Townley and the Billy Stud’s Billy Spiral.

Matthew has a talented string of horses for the future, as he also claimed the British Showjumping Talent Seekers qualifier with Geneve R, ahead of Nicole Pavitt on Paris 16 and Gianni HC in second and third respectively.

Three other championships took place in the International Arena on Saturday. Barry Drea, whose daughter Maisie has ridden on the British showjumping team on a number of occasions, won the first of these – the All England 1.20m Amateur Championship, riding Okehurst Miss Mexico.

Event rider Sophie Ashton-Rickardt took the Harcour Hickstead All England 1.10m Amateur Championship with Masterfly, giving Sophie her first win in the International Arena.

The final class on Saturday was the Spidge Photography 1m Open Championship, which attracted huge entries with 158 competitors in the first qualifier and 221 in the second. The final saw 31 combinations come forward, with the win going to Nick Edwards and Its Showbusiness.

Joseph Trunkfield and Fanella I were the victors in Sunday’s All England Novice Championship, the first class of the final day of the show, while the All England 1.30m Open Championship went to Matthew Sampson and Ebolensky, giving Matthew his third major win of the show.