Hickstead’s plans for 2019

It’s been a very busy winter at Hickstead with its Arena Polo season well underway, plus work ongoing on new all-weather cross-country training facilities.

Wet ground has caused some delays to the opening date of this amazing new schooling course, but Hickstead is still planning for it to be open by the spring.

There is much to look forward to this summer, with William Funnell aiming for a record fifth win in the Al Shira’aa Derby, and then there is the Longines FEI Nations Cup of Great Britain, which moves back to the Friday of the Longines Royal International Horse Show.

William Funnell receiving the Bunn Leisure Trophy at Hickstead in the past.
Photo: Samantha Lamb

Tickets are on sale, so book now to take advantage of Hickstead’s early bird rates. The  judges for HIckstead July 2019 has been announced.

Tuesday 23rd July 2019

Coloured Horses (ride) – Mrs Sarah White
Coloured Horses (conf) & Coloureds Supreme – Mrs Katie Jerram
Coloured Ponies (show) – Mr Julian Walters
Coloured Ponies (conf) & Coloureds Supreme – Mrs Clare Dew

Wednesday 24th July 2019

Working Hunter Ponies (jumping) – Mrs Jessica Middleton
Working Hunter Ponies (conf) – Miss Dale Atkinson
Show Hunter Ponies (show) – Mr Jonathan Geake
Show Hunter Ponies (conf) – Mrs Amanda Gomersall
Pure Bred Arabs (ride & conf) – Mr Ben Hester
Hackneys – TBC
P(UK) Young Riders M&M Ridden classes (conf) – Mrs Madge Taylor
P(UK) Young Riders M&M Ridden classes (perf) – Mrs Sue Phelan

Thursday 25th July 2019

Ladies Hunter (ride) & Amateur RH (ride) – Dr Jo Hales
Ladies Hunter (conf) & Amateur RH (conf) – Mrs Rosemary Connors
Hunters – Lightweights (ride) – Mr Guy Landau
Hunters – Middleweights (ride) – Mr Nick Collins
Hunters – Heavyweights (ride) – Mrs Jenny Banks
Hunters (conf) – Mr David Walters
Shoeing Prize – TBC
BSPS Heritage M & M Open Classes (show) – Mrs Carolyn Whiteley
BSPS Heritage M & M Open Classes (conf) – Mr Allan Robertson
BSPS Heritage M & M LR & FR (show) – Mrs Clare Dew
BSPS Heritage M & M LR & FR (conf) – Mrs Fiona Cabrol

Friday 26th July 2019

Amateur Hunter (ride & conf) – Mrs Rosemary Connors
Amateur Hunter (ride & conf) – Miss Jenna Tyldesley
Working Hunter (ride) – Mrs Sarah Chapman
Working Hunter (conf) – Mrs Loraine Homer
Riding Horses (ride) – Mr Guy Landau
Riding Horses (conf) – Mrs Jennifer Stephens
M & M WHP (jumping) – Miss M.G. Evans
M & M WHP (conf) – Mrs Cheryl Frith

Saturday 27th July 2019

Small Hunter (Ride) – Mrs Rosemary King
Small Hunter (Conf) – Mrs Ellen Walton
Hacks (ride) – Mrs Sara Leatherbarrow
Hacks (conf) – Mr John Chugg
Intermediate Show Riding Types (show) & Intermediate Show Hunter (conf) – Miss Henrietta Barton
Intermediate Show Riding Types (conf) & Intermediate Show Hunter (show) – Mrs Jamie Mead
Pretty Polly Ponies – Heritage LR & FR (show) – Mrs Adrianne Smythe
Pretty Polly Ponies – Heritage LR & FR (conf) – Mrs Jackie Beatham
Miniatures – Miss Lynden Barrow
Part Bred Arabs (ride) – Miss Sarah Parrott
Part Bred Arabs (conf) – Mrs Fiona Cabrol
Maxi Cobs (ride) – Mrs Lucy Seletto
Maxi Cobs (conf) – Mr David Walters

Sunday 28th July 2019

Lead Rein, First Ridden & LR of SHT (show) – Mrs Stephanie Smith
Lead Rein, First Ridden & LR of SHT (conf) – Mrs Carolyn Whiteley
Show Ponies (show) – Mrs Deborah Gregson
Show Ponies (conf) – Mr Stuart Hollings
Nursery Stakes (conf) & Int W Hunter (jumping) – Mr Allan Robertson
Nursery Stakes (jumping) & Int W Hunter (conf) – Mr Paul Cook
Pretty Polly Ponies – SP & Int (conf) SHP & M&M (show) –
Mrs Adrianne Smythe
Pretty Polly Ponies – SP & Int (show) SHP & M&M (conf) –
Mrs Jackie Beatham
Cobs (ride) – Mrs Helen Hillard
Cobs (conf) – Mrs Anne Hooley
Working Show Horses (ride) – Mrs Sam Stephenson (nee Boxall)
Working Show Horses (conf) – Mrs Wendy King
Amateur Cobs (ride) – Mrs Sam Stephenson (nee Boxall)
Amateur Cobs (conf) – Mrs Wendy King
Amateur Hacks (ride) & Amateur Maxi Cob (ride) – Miss Sarah Kellard-Smith
Amateur Hacks (conf) & Amateur Maxi Cob (conf) – Mr Nigel Hollings
Trade Driving Classes – Mrs Mary Ford
Grooms Prize – Mrs Julia Bunn and Mrs Helen Evans
Supreme Ridden Horse & Pony Championships – Mrs Ann Brickell and TBC

Nicole takes top spot at Crofton Manor

Nicole Pavitt from Crawley, West Sussex sealed the win in The Champagne Cave Winter Grades B & C Qualifier, which took place on Friday afternoon at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre in Fareham, Hampshire.

Nicole Pavitt & Xena 16 in action in The Champagne Cave Winter B&C Qualifier at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre Photo by: Simply Event Photos

One-third of the initial starting combinations jumped a clear first round to make it through to course designer Matthew Hoskins’ eight fence jump-off.

Only two combinations could produce a further clear to take home the two qualifying tickets up for grabs for the Championship Final which will be held at the prestigious Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead, West Sussex in July.

The fastest double clear came from Nicole Pavitt riding Sandra Pavitt’s Xena 16, a Warrior sired 9 year-old bay mare which Nicole has competed from a four year-old. Nicole navigated the fastest route in the jump-off crossing the finish line in 44.69 seconds.

Will Fletcher from Farringdon, Oxfordshire on his father Graham’s Drewmain Cedric were the only other combination to jump double clear. Will steered the 8 year-old British-bred chestnut gelding into second place in a time of 47.17 seconds.

Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre – Friday January 11 2019
The Champagne Cave Winter Grades B & C Qualifier Results

1st Nicole Pavitt & Xena 16 – 0/0 – 44.69 seconds
2nd William Fletcher & Drewmain Cedric – 0/0 – 47.17 seconds

Image: Nicole Pavitt & Xena 16 in action in The Champagne Cave Winter B&C Qualifier at Crofton Manor Equestrian Centre (Credit: Simply Event Photos)

New sponsorship for HOYS Puissance 2019

Kicking 2019 off to a flying start, Grandstand Media Ltd has been delighted to announce an exciting new sponsorship confirmed for the Puissance at HOYS 2019.

Ripon Select Foods and the Wood Family are thrilled to be taking on the sponsorship of the iconic Saturday evening showjumping class, which sees top riders display their precision, skill and bravery as they tackle the wall, reaching heights in excess of 7ft.

The Puissance for many is the highlight of the five-day show and was one of the original nine showjumping classes at the very first Horse of the Year Show in 1949. Now 70 years on and the class is still pulling in bumper crowds year on year, seeing many top names take on the wall.

HOYS Puissance action: Guy Williams, joint winner of the Puissance at HOYS 2018
Photo: Jullian Portch

Martin Wood, Director of Ripon Select Foods, commented: “As a family we compete in many horse classes from showing to showjumping and our sponsorship is a way of putting something back into the sport we love.

“As a business it’s a great way to get the company name out there and having personally seen the reaction of competitors when winning or even just competing at HOYS, which is one of the greatest horse shows in the world, is quite simply amazing.”

Event Director Emma Williams commented: “It is always an honour to welcome a new sponsorship agreement for the show. Having worked with the Wood Family and Ripon Select Foods for many years already through their support of the Supreme Horse Championship and the Children’s Riding Pony of the Year, I am delighted to see them step across to support one of the most popular showjumping classes we host at Horse of the Year Show. I look forward to continuing our partnership with them for 2019.”

Horse of the Year Show takes place this year from Octiber 2 – 6 2019 at the Resorts World Arena, the NEC Birmingham for another year of breathtaking displays and unbeatable competition.

Tickets and a full timetable of events will be released in February.

Georgia tops Hartpury qualifiers

West Sussex based Georgia Tame has topped The Champagne Cave Winter Grades B & C Qualifier at Hartpury University

The Champagne Cave Winter Grades B & C Qualifier at Hartpury University in Gloucestershire took place on Saturday and it was Georgia Tame from Horsham, West Sussex who took the top spot.

Georgia Tame in winning action  Photo: Sarah Radford

A total of forty-three combinations came forward to compete for the two qualifying tickets on offer for the Championship Final which will be held at the prestigious Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead, West Sussex next July.

Fourteen went on to secure their place in the jump off and six double clears were produced overall.

The fastest double clear came from Georgia Tame on board Z 7 Caretina, a seven- year-old bay mare owned by Team Z 7. This pair made light work of the jump off course and used all of the available shortcuts to cross through the finish in 38.92 seconds.

Ella Jones from Llantwit Major, South Glamorgan rode into second place with Back in Action, a 12 year-old chestnut gelding owned by Huw Jones. They delivered their double clear in 39.02 seconds.

Hartpury University – Saturday December 15 2018
The Champagne Cave Winter Grades B & C Qualifier Results

1. Georgia Tame & Z 7 Caretina – 0/0 – 38.92 seconds
2, Ella Jones & Back in Action – 0/0 – 39.02 seconds

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.”