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Olympic gold medallist Nick Skelton has had an incredible year. The 59-year-old rider saw the return of his best horse, Big Star, following injury; with the pair going on to win individual gold at the Rio Olympic Games. His win gave Britain its first ever Olympic individual gold and added to Nick’s team gold medal from London 2012.
Nick Skelton also holds a remarkable record here at the All England Jumping Course, being one of three riders to win the famous Hickstead Derby three times in succession. Nick’s Rio team mate Michael Whitaker is another rider to do so – winning every year from 1991 to 1993 as well as his first win back in 1980.
Michael’s brother John, also on the Rio team, is another rider to have clocked up a total of four wins in the Derby. All three of these equestrian greats have also had repeat wins in the prestigious Longines King George V Gold Cup, the Grand Prix held on the final day of the Longines Royal International Horse Show.
Some of the biggest names in showjumping already grace Hickstead’s trophies, and last year a new name was engraved on the famous Boomerang Trophy. William Whitaker – nephew of John and Michael – produced a superb clear round in the Derby to claim the title for the first time.
Ireland’s Billy Twomey also enjoyed a phenomenal year at Hickstead, finishing second in the Derby and winning an incredible four ranking classes at the Longines Royal International Horse Show including the Longines King George V Gold Cup.
Meanwhile, in the showing classes, Jayne Ross picked up a second consecutive win in the British Horse Society Supreme Horse Championship, becoming the rider to claim the coveted Winston Churchill Trophy the most times.
Will one of our best known riders pick up a repeat win in our most famous classes this summer – or will another new name be added to the roll of honour? Join us for our 2017 season to find out! Buy tickets now.
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