Hickstead announces contingency plans for 2020 season

The Directors of the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead have released an official statement regarding their forthcoming season, in response to the current Coronavirus situation.


25 March 2020 

The Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, scheduled to take place from 24 to 28 June, has been postponed. The organisers hope it will be able to run in combination with their national show, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships, from 1 to 6 September, subject to approval from the relevant governing bodies.

At present, preparations for the Longines Royal International Horse Show (21 to 26 July 2020) are continuing, although this will be reassessed on an ongoing basis.

The All England Jumping Course at Hickstead was first opened in 1960, and this season we are due to celebrate our 60th anniversary.


After considering the recent government announcements, we have had to make the difficult decision to postpone the Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting, scheduled to take place 24 - 28 June.  We are currently working towards combining it with our national show, the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships, from 1 - 6 September, pending approval from British Showjumping and the FEI. 

The intention will be to merge classes from both events to include a number of age jumping championships alongside the Science Supplements Speed Derby and the 60th running of the Al Shira'aa Derby.  The showing schedule will remain the same, i.e. classes running on the same days from Thursday to Sunday.  A full schedule will be issued in due course.

The popular Charles Owen Shopping Village will also relocate to the 3 - 6 September.

The Hickstead office is now closed, but trade exhibitors, hospitality and ticket purchasers will be contacted directly by email with the option to either transfer to the new dates or receive a refund as per our terms and conditions.

At present, we are continuing with preparations for the Longines Royal International Horse Show still planned for 21 - 26 July 2020.  We will of course continue to monitor all sources of information. There will be some complications re qualified horses, but we may well run it along similar lines to the foot and mouth year of 2001.  Basically, those already qualified will be accepted and then the classes will be opened up, with non-qualified entrants paying an increased entry fee.

We wish to thank all of our sponsors, trade exhibitors, competitors and stakeholders for their continued support during this unprecedented time.  We ask that you remain patient, and we will update you further when we have more information.

Hickstead Directors

For urgent enquiries, please email office@hickstead.co.uk


24 March 2020

Due to the latest Government guidelines, we have had to close our external schooling facilities, including our all-weather cross-country course and showjumping arena. We will reopen the facilities as soon as we are allowed to. If you have made an existing booking, you should have received an email - if not, please email schooling@hickstead.co.uk


16 March 2020

The safety and wellbeing of all our customers is our highest priority. We know it’s an unsettling situation at the moment and you may be very concerned regarding coronavirus and events at Hickstead.

We would like to reassure you that based on the Government’s advice given on 12th March 2020, we are still open for business and all of our events are still planned to go ahead, but we will continue to be guided by the Government, Public Health England and our governing bodies as the situation evolves.

In relation to recent coverage regarding the possible postponement of large events, we will be in direct contact with all of our stakeholders with regards to any change in the situation.

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