Hickstead charity run in memory of Tim Stockdale

A brand-new charity run will take place on the Saturday night of the Longines Royal International Horse Show (27 July 2019), to raise money for the Tim Stockdale Foundation.

#10forTim will see teams of up to 10 people take part in a relay run on the perimeter road around the Longines International Arena at Hickstead. Each lap is half a mile long, and runners are welcome to sprint, run or amble round at their own speed!

But for those who are more athletically inclined, there will be prizes for the team that crosses the finish line in first place. There will also be additional prizes for the team that raises the most money for the charity – each team of 10 must guarantee to raise a minimum of £2,500 in total in order to take part.

Tim Stockdale finishing fourth in Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup 2016 (c) Craig Payne

Tim Stockdale was one of the best-known faces in showjumping, having represented Britain at the Olympic Games as well as being a regular on championship and Nations Cup teams. He had many great moments during his showjumping career, but one of his proudest was winning the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead in 2010, riding Fresh Direct Kalico Bay.

Tim was a superb ambassador for his sport, not just as a rider but also as a respected trainer and broadcaster.

Sadly, Tim died last November aged 54, just a month after being diagnosed with stomach cancer. It was a huge loss to the showjumping world, but his remarkable legacy is living on through The Tim Stockdale Foundation, which was set up to help support causes that were close to Tim’s heart.

The Bunn family, with the support of Tim’s wife Laura and their sons Joe and Mark, are inviting as many people as possible to take part in the race or to come along to cheer on the runners. A team from the All England Jumping Course will be pitting their skills (or lack thereof) against well-known faces from the horse world, including Shane and Trevor Breen, William and Pippa Funnell, Philip Judge, and commentators Steven Wilde and Nick Brooks-Ward.

The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show always attracts many of the best riders in the world, and it’s hoped plenty will pay tribute to their colleague Tim by taking part in the race.

And if you’re an equestrian fan who has dreamed of competing against – or even better, possibly beating – your favourite riders, then now is your chance. If you have a team of 10 ready to run, and can guarantee to pledge the £2,500 charity donation, contact Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn on lizzie@hickstead.co.uk to apply to take part.

To sponsor the Hickstead team, visit https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/teamhickstead

Science Supplements® signs on line with Hickstead

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead has welcomed Science Supplements® as a major new sponsor for the 2019 season.

The award-winning equine supplements company has been named as the title sponsor of the All England Jumping Championships in September, including the £6,000 Science Supplements All England Grand Prix on the final day of the show.

They will also sponsor a number of iconic classes at Hickstead’s international fixtures, including the British Speed Derby. Held on SaturdayJune 22 at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Science Supplements Speed Derby features a number of permanent obstacles including the Irish Bank, the Road Crossing and the less steep side of the Derby Bank, and sees horses and riders gallop round the Longines International Arena at top speed.

Matthew Sampson winning the British Speed Derby in 2018. The class is now known as the Science Supplements Speed Derby Science Supplements Speed Derby, as part of an extensive new sponsorship deal with the All England Jumping Course.

At the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain event in July, the company will sponsor the Science Supplements BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday July 27. This prestigious championship used to be restricted to women riders only, but since 2008 has been opened up to the highest ranked riders on the British Showjumping national rankings.

As well as the famous main arena, Hickstead has five other rings of competition running throughout their fixtures, with national showjumping from 90cm upwards and championship showing classes taking place in the outer rings. Science Supplements have also agreed to take on naming rights to ring 5 for the summer season.

“The British Speed Derby and the BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup are two of our best loved classes, and are hugely popular with spectators,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn. “We are hugely grateful to Science Supplements for coming on board as title sponsors of these iconic competitions, as well as our national fixture, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships.

“First held in 2011, the September show has gone from strength to strength, and we are delighted that Science Supplements has chosen to support this show and the Grand Prix of this fixture. We look forward to working with them this season and beyond.”

“We are delighted to be working with Hickstead and supporting some of the most famous classes in the showjumping calendar,” said Vicky Mitson, Commercial Director at Science Supplements. “By taking title sponsorship of The All England Jumping Championships we are equally looking forward to supporting our up and coming riders and horses and will have some fantastic prizes to add to the occasion.”

The international season at Hickstead gets underway with the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 20-23 ), followed by the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (July 23-28  2019). Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.

Admission and parking at the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships ( August 29 – September 1 2019) are free to spectators.

Hickstead welcomes Science Supplements as new sponsor

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead has welcomed Science Supplements® as a major new sponsor for the 2019 season.

The award-winning equine supplements company has been named as the title sponsor of the All England Jumping Championships in September, including the £6,000 Science Supplements All England Grand Prix on the final day of the show.

They will also sponsor a number of iconic classes at Hickstead’s international fixtures, including the British Speed Derby. Held on Saturday 22 June at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Science Supplements Speed Derby features a number of permanent obstacles including the Irish Bank, the Road Crossing and the less steep side of the Derby Bank, and sees horses and riders gallop round the Longines International Arena at top speed.

Matt Sampson winning Hickstead Speed Derby in 2017: Photo Nigel Goddard

At the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain event in July, the company will sponsor the Science Supplements BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup on Saturday 27 July. This prestigious championship used to be restricted to women riders only, but since 2008 has been opened up to the highest ranked riders on the British Showjumping national rankings.

As well as the famous main arena, Hickstead has five other rings of competition running throughout their fixtures, with national showjumping from 90cm upwards and championship showing classes taking place in the outer rings. Science Supplements have also agreed to take on naming rights to ring 5 for the summer season.

“The British Speed Derby and the BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup are two of our best loved classes, and are hugely popular with spectators,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

“We are hugely grateful to Science Supplements for coming on board as title sponsors of these iconic competitions, as well as our national fixture, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships. First held in 2011, the September show has gone from strength to strength, and we are delighted that Science Supplements has chosen to support this show and the Grand Prix of this fixture. We look forward to working with them this season and beyond.”

“We are delighted to be working with Hickstead and supporting some of the most famous classes in the showjumping calendar,” said Vicky Mitson, Commercial Director at Science Supplements. “By taking title sponsorship of The All England Jumping Championships we are equally looking forward to supporting our up and coming riders and horses and will have some fantastic prizes to add to the occasion.”

The international season at Hickstead gets underway with the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (20-23 June), followed by the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (23-28 July 2019). Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.

Admission and parking at the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships (29 August – 1 September 2019) are free to spectators.

Hickstead’s iconic class has secure future

Al Shira’aa, the title sponsor of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, has signed a new sponsorship deal until 2022.

The UAE-based company took over sponsorship of the famous Hickstead Derby in 2017, and after two very successful seasons has agreed to extend the agreement until at least 2022.

The Al Shira’aa Derby is the highlight of the four-day Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (June 20-23 ), and sees horses and riders tackle an iconic course of fences including the tricky Devil’s Dyke and the 10ft 6in Derby Bank.

William Whitaker winning Hickstead Derby two hyears ago
Photo:Craig Payne

The company has also signed an agreement to sponsor a number of Hickstead’s other classes, including the British Five Year Old and British Six Year Old Championships for young horses, both with a prize fund of £3,000, plus the Under 25 Masters, which is a prestigious annual young rider championship held on the Saturday of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting.

Al Shira’aa has always been passionate about promoting good horsemanship and equestrian sport, both within the United Arab Emirates and around the world. They support all levels of the sport from grassroots upwards, which is why these new classes are of particular importance to them.

“We are delighted that the partnership between Hickstead and Al Shira’aa is set to continue – their support has been invaluable to us, and we’re extremely grateful that they have increased their agreement to cover several of our young horse championships as well as the Al Shira’aa Under 25 Masters,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

Tom O’Brien, UK Manager of Al Shira’aa, adds: “The sponsorship of these classes reflect our values at Al Shira’aa, of supporting riders from the junior to senior levels, as well as our commitment to horsemanship and dedication to the development of young horses. The partnership between Hickstead and Al Shira’aa is of great importance to us with regards to our global reach in the equestrian world. With our shared passion for heritage and prestige, coupled with the dedication to celebrate the greatest talent in equestrian sport, the years ahead look set to be very exciting for this continued partnership.”

Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk

New sponsor for HOYS 138cm class

Showing its invested interest in supporting young talent in showjumping, Grandstand Media is delighted to announce that Aztec Diamond Equestrian will take on title sponsorship of the 138cm Championship at Horse of the Year Show 2019.

This class was introduced to Horse of the Year Show in 1992 with the intention of providing a platform for young riders and an opportunity to depict future stars. In 2001, the 138cm Championship was won by William Whitaker aged 12.

Two years later he returned to HOYS to take the Junior Foxhunter title and a further two years later he won the Junior Show Jumper of the Year.

Aztec Diamond Equestrian is an innovative equestrian clothing brand created by a young equestrian herself, so as a company they understand the importance of harnessing young talent, perfectly matching the ethos of the 138cm Championship which they are sponsoring.

138 cm championship at HOYS Photo: : 1st Class Images

Jordan McCabe, CEO for Aztec Diamond Equestrian, commented: “We are absolutely delighted to be sponsoring the 138cm Championship at HOYS this year. It is an honour to be a part of one of the biggest events in the equestrian calendar and give our full support to the talented young riders and ponies showcased in the class.

“We have been exhibitors at HOYS for the past three years, each year we are overwhelmed by the visitor response to both our stand and the show itself.

“After getting to know what goes on there behind the scenes, we are so grateful for the huge amount of work put into the event each year by every person involved, from the organisers to the trainers.

“We really wanted to give our support to not only the talented young riders and ponies in the 138cm Championships, but to each and every person that makes HOYS one of the greatest events in the equestrian calendar.

“My team at Aztec Diamond have worked incredibly hard over the past five years to build the brand to be what it is today. Now to be recognised and appointed as official HOYS sponsor is a real honour. We are so excited to give back to an event that has given us so much over the years.”

Event Director, Emma Williams, commented: “On behalf of the show, I have great privilege in welcoming Aztec Diamond Equestrian Centre as a class sponsor of the 138cm Championship. The team at Aztec Diamond is so dedicated to its cause and is passionate about what it does.

“This has been evident in their stand popularity at HOYS over the last few years. I look forward to welcoming them back to Horse of the Year Show once again this year and wish them all the best with their new sponsorship platform.”

Join them this year at Horse of the Year Show for more than 16 hours of family entertainment daily at The NEC Birmingham Resorts World Arena, October 2 – 6 2019. Tickets start from £34.00 and there is a range of fantastic packages which can be purchased via the website https://hoys.co.uk/tickets/ or by calling the Box Office on 0844 581 8282.

Hickstead’s 59th Al Shira’aa Derby this year

Hickstead’s 59th Al Shira’aa Derby takes place on Sunday June 23 this year. Top riders will face the iconic course that includes the Devil’s Dyke, the double of ditches, one of the widest open water jumps in the world and the fearsome 10ft 6in slope of the Derby Bank.

This year, reigning champion William Funnell will bid to become the first five-time winner of this famous class

William Funnell winning a past Hickstead Derby
Photo courtesy of Hickstead

Spectators will get their first impression of Derby form in Thursday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard, and then riders must qualify for the main event during Friday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Trial. The focus of Saturday afternoon is the British Speed Derby, where riders tackle some of Hickstead’s permanent fences at top speed.

Showing highlights include the final of the Tattersalls/RoR Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship, plus there will be scurry driving, carriage driving and more. On Saturday evening, the Celebrity Derby Challenge sees leading show jumpers give a new sport a try.

Tickets start at £20 for general admission with advance discounts and concessions available. Admission is free on Thursday.

Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.

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