Delighted Dawn presents Trevor Breen with the Boomerang Trophy

Hickstead Derby Community competition winner Dawn Trundle experienced a once in a lifetime opportunity when she presented the famous Boomerang trophy to Trevor Breen, winner of the Hickstead Derby


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Bury St Edmunds-based Dawn was delighted to win the chance to be involved with this iconic class, and Derby day certainly didn’t disappoint.

“I had such a lovely day. The arena was absolutely huge, and although I’ve watched the Derby on television, you don’t appreciate the size and impressiveness of the International Arena until you are there in person,” explained Dawn.

Dawn presented the coveted Boomerang trophy to Trevor Breen and Loughnatousa WB, along with CEO Lorraine Meadowcroft. The Irish rider achieved a Hickstead Derby double, having won the hugely challenging class last year on the one-eyed wonder horse, Adventure De Kannan, who finished in seventh this year with eight faults, while WB secured the only clear.

Entering the class with two former winning horses, Trevor was in determined mood but the result of the Derby is never predictable. Having claimed the title in 2012 with Paul Beecher, Loughnatousa WB is obviously at home at Hickstead and this year he produced the sole faultless round to justly earn the Hickstead Derby title.

The Hickstead Derby meeting always attracts huge crowds, particularly for the showcase class, and this year’s Derby proved no exception. With world-class showjumping and an abundance of thrills and spills, it offered a great spectacle for the audience - and Dawn got to enjoy it all from the hospitality box.

Besides watching the action, Dawn enjoyed plenty of shopping at the many trade stands and kitted out daughter Carla’s showjumping pony with a new wardrobe. Carla, 14, is ambitious to compete at Hickstead and will start tackling qualifiers in the near future.

Dawn thoroughly enjoyed her day at the All England Jumping Course, particularly her moment in the spotlight in the International Arena. It was a dream come true to visit the show and witness the spectacular Hickstead Derby competition in person.

“I have always enjoyed watching the Hickstead Derby but it doesn’t compare to actually being there and interacting with some of the best riders in the world. It is such an achievement to ride at that level and watching these combinations compete over a course of such huge difficulty is a privilege," Dawn added.

“Trevor was a fantastic winner and his lovely horse thoroughly deserved the win. It was a great honour to stand with them in the ring and it is an experience I won’t ever forget." 

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