We have teamed up with Jumping Around to offer a pair of tickets to the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting on Saturday 24th June.
Saturday 24 June is a brilliant day to join us, with highlights including the Templant Hire Beethoven 7 & 8 Year Old Championship, the Tom Hudson Derby Trophy and the British Speed Derby, in which horses and riders have to race round the International Arena over some of our iconic permanent fences.
The highlight of this four-day international show is the famous Al Shira’aa Derby (Sunday 25 June). 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 those that riders had to clear back in 1961, when the class was first held. The famous fences such as the Devil’s Dyke, the double of ditches and the 10ft 6in Derby Bank remain as challenging, and recognisable, as ever.
The Al Shira’aa Derby build-up begins with the Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard on Thursday, then riders must qualify for the main event during Friday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Trial. This class features several of Hickstead’s permanent obstacles and can often provide a useful indication of Derby form.
If the Derby is all about clearing maximum height fences with precision, Saturday afternoon’s British Speed Derby is about covering the ground and flying over jumps at speed. Like in the Al Shira’aa Derby, the Speed Derby course stays the same year-on-year, with fences including the Road Crossing, Irish bank and treble of single planks. The fastest time against the clock wins, with 4sec added for every jump that falls.
Showing is a major part of this show, with classes for cobs, riding horses, small hunters, mountain and moorlands, ridden hunters and coloured horses as well as the final of the Tattersalls/RoR Thoroughbred Show Series Championship. Other equestrian highlights include national showjumping from 1m upwards, scurry driving, carriage driving and the Celebrity Derby Challenge, held on Saturday night, when our leading showjumpers try their hands at a new sport.
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, jewellery, gifts, outdoor furniture 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.
Tickets for the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (22-25 June) are on sale now at www.hickstead.co.uk.
To be in with a chance of winning a pair of tickets to the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting on Saturday 24th June, simply answer the question below -
Which former Hickstead Derby winner will be retired at this year's Hickstead Derby meeting?
Email your entry and answer to firstname.lastname@example.org and please include your name, address, and a contact telephone number. Entries close at 23:59pm on Sunday 11th June 2017.
1. Winners will be selected at random and will be notified by email by 5pm on Monday 12th June 2017. Entries will close at 23.59 pm on Sunday 11th June 2017.
2. The prize is not for resale and non-transferable and there is no cash alternative.
3. All entrants must be aged 18 years or over.
4. Entrants are deemed to have accepted these terms and conditions by participating in this promotion.
5. Competitions are not open to any direct employees of Jumping Around