The countdown is on to the Al Shira’aa Derby

Join us this summer for the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (22-25 June)

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The countdown is on until the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, one of the most famous events in the global showjumping calendar.

Now in its 58th year, the Hickstead Derby returns on Sunday 25 June under the brand new sponsorship of Al Shira’aa. What makes the Derby unique is the fact the course doesn’t alter year on year, and the jumps that this year’s competitors will face are almost identical to what riders had to clear back in 1961, when the class was first held. 

The Derby is the Derby, there is no fence that is a let up,” says last year’s winning rider, William Whitaker, who claimed the title with the Irish Sports Horse Glenavadra Brilliant. “Some jumps may seem easier than others, but they can still fall down. You can’t lose your concentration from the first fence to the last fence.”

For those competitors who wish to ride on the hallowed Hickstead turf, entries are open now and will close on Monday 15 May.

Spectators can book tickets online now, with discounts applying to those purchasing in advance of the show.

As well as getting the chance to watch top class equestrian sport, there is plenty on offer at Hickstead for all members of the family. The huge Charles Owen Shopping Village features hundreds of shops and stands selling tack, clothing, footwear, gifts and more. There’s a funfair for children, a range of bars and eateries to suit everyone, and the option to bring a picnic and enjoy a fabulous summer’s day out in the West Sussex countryside.

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