Sunday June 25, 2017

Sunday is Al Shira'aa Derby day! This year will be the 57th running of this world famous class, and it is a true testament to the difficulty of the course that there has been only 58 clear rounds in all that time.

Clare Balding once said about the Derby course: 'Forget about the fences that Grand National runners have to leap over at Aintree, these are child's play when compared to Hickstead's monsters!'

Harvey Smith, John Whitaker and Michael Whitaker have won the class four times in its long history, but no one has managed to beat, or even match, Eddie Macken's unbelievable record of four consecutive wins on the same horse, the legendary Boomerang, set way back in the 70s.

Paul Beecher made history in 2012 by being the first ever person to jump a clear round having been drawn first to go in the competition, and he went on to win it to boot. In 2013, Philip Miller produced one of the most popular wins in recent times on Caritiar Z, with the pair finishing second to Trevor Breen and the one-eyed wonder horse Adventure De Kannan in 2014. Trevor Breen won the class for a second year in a row in 2015, this time on the 2012 winner Loughnatousa WB. In 2016 we saw a new champion have his name added to the Boomerang Trophy when William Whitaker won on Glenavadra Brilliant.

Former winners have a very good track record when it comes to defending their title, but in a class so famous for its thrills and spills, anyone can win!

So come down and enjoy the spectacle, and take part in the Public coursewalk, accompanied by a magnificent marching band, one of the only chances anywhere in the world to get right up close to the famous course and the riders who hope to conquer it.

Please note: Times and class titles are provisional and subject to change.

INTERNATIONAL ARENA

10.30am

Public Course Walk of the Al Shira'aa Derby

10.45am

The Romford Band of the Royal British Legion

11.20am

End of Public Course Walk

11.25am

Presentation: The Supreme Coloured Horse Ridden Championship

11.45am

Presentation: The Hickstead Ladies Side Saddle Classic

12.00pm

The Hickstead Under 25 Masters

12.40pm

Presentation: The Alltech Supreme Hunter Championship

1.10pm

Final Judging: The RoR Tattersalls Thoroughbred Show Series Championship

1.30pm

The Osborne Refrigerators Celebrity Scurry

1.55pm

The Romford Band of the Royal British Legion

2.05pm

Parade of Riders in the Al Shira'aa Derby

2.15pm

The Retirement of Adventure de Kannan

2.30pm

The Al Shira'aa Derby

AVANT RING 2

8.00am

The British 1.25m Open Jumping Derby

To follow

The Hickstead 1.15m Open

To follow

Equitop Myoplast Senior Foxhunter - First Round

IRISH HORSE GATEWAY RING 3

7.30am

CHAPS (UK) Native/Cob/Traditional Open Ridden Qualifier

To follow

CHAPS (UK) Non-Native Open Ridden Qualifier

10.00am

The Hickstead Ladies Side Saddle Classic

10.45am

The RoR Tattersalls Thoroughbred Show Series Championship (Flat)

12.45pm

Alltech CHAPS (UK) Native/Cob/Traditional Open In-Hand Qualifier

To follow

Alltech CHAPS (UK) Non-Native Open In-Hand Qualifier

To follow

Alltech CHAPS (UK) Open Youngstock Qualifier

To follow

Presentation: The Alltech Supreme Coloured Horse In-Hand Championship

AIROWEAR RING 4 (ALL WEATHER)

8.00am

The Aston Scott British 1.10m Open Speed Derby

To follow

The Hickstead 1.00m Open Speed Derby

EQUI-TREK RING 5

7.30am

Alltech Lightweight Hunter (Qualifier for HOYS)

To follow

Alltech Middleweight Hunter (Qualifier for HOYS)

To follow

Alltech Heavyweight Hunter (Qualifier for HOYS)

10.00am

The RoR Tattersalls Thoroughbred Show Series Championship (National Hunt)

THE NATIONAL SCHOOLS EQUESTRIAN ASSOCIATION RING 6

9.30am

The NSEA Hickstead Mini Championships