Join the Hobby Horse Derby craze at Hickstead

Find out what family fun is on offer at the Agria Royal International Horse Show 


If you’ve ever fancied competing at the same showground as top Olympic riders, now is your chance – just head along to Hickstead for the Hobby Horse Derby!

The five-star Agria Royal International Horse Show takes place from 23-28 July, with thousands of horses and ponies taking part across the six days of the show. There is every type of equine from global superstars jumping in the huge five-star Nations Cup down to tiny miniature horses.

And if you’ve been inspired by the action in the International Arena, you’ll have the chance to join in the equestrian action yourself in the Hobby Horse Derby, a fun on-foot competition that takes place in the Village Green area of the showground.

First established in 2022, the Village Green is a now an established experience destination for the whole family, with shopping, dining and family entertainment on offer. It includes some of the country’s favourite equine and lifestyle trade stands, as well as a large selection of street food and a licensed bar. 

There’s also a selection of garden games to play, and funfair rides for everyone to enjoy. West Sussex entertainer Tomfoolery returns to the All England Jumping Course with his magic shows and unique brand of chaos. Other live music entertainment to take to the Village Green stage includes the popular Choir & Ko, Brighton Buskers and the Romford Marching Band. On Saturday night, the Village Green will turn into a Rodeo, with live country music and the chance to test your sticking power on the bucking bronco.

Saturday is also Ladies’ Day, when the best-dressed guests have the chance to win overnight stays and spa breaks at some of West Sussex’s leading hotels.

Hickstead also offers a host of hospitality options, including the Members’ Restaurant, Private Boxes and the Al Shira’aa Suite, all of which offer delicious dining overlooking the International Arena.

Tickets for the Agria Royal International Horse Show (23-28 July) are available here


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