Buy your Hickstead tickets today!
The Hickstead Box Office is open for the 2012 season, with tickets now on sale for the British Jumping Derby Meeting (20-24 June) and the Longines Royal International Horse Show (17-22 July).
With Hickstead’s two main fixtures coming just a few weeks before the start of the London 2012 Olympics, it’s the perfect opportunity to see some of the world’s best horses and riders in action before the Games.
The Carpetright Derby is the pinnacle of our June meeting, featuring some of the most famous fences in showjumping - the 10ft 6in slope of the Derby Bank, the infamous Devil’s Dyke, and one of the widest water jumps in the world.
Those who have won the Derby in the past will be automatically qualified to compete in this year’s event, but the others have to qualify in the challenging Bunn Leisure Derby Trial. The British Speed Derby provides another highlight of this four-day meeting, with horses having to tackle Hickstead’s permanent obstacles at speed. There’s also showing classes, scurry driving, the celebrity polo match and much more.
The Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead is famous for its top class showing and showjumping action. This six-day fixture includes the FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain, where the top eight countries in the world do battle for the honours.
There’s also the Longines King George V Gold Cup and the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, two of the most historic classes in showjumping’s calendar, and don’t forget ladies day on the Saturday, when the most fashionable females can win some excellent prizes.
Showing is a huge part of the Royal International, with over 1,500 competitors taking part across a range of classes. The show ring action culminates in two of the most prestigious championships of all – the British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse and the Dick Saunders Supreme Ridden Pony. Other highlights include driving, side-saddle and concours d’elegance classes.
Admission prices start from just £8 per person, with most prices set at the same levels as 2011, meaning a day out at the All England Jumping Course is still excellent value for money. A huge range of hospitality options are available, for those who want to make a trip to Hickstead more special – including private boxes, ringside lodges, the exclusive 120-seater Members’ Restaurant that overlooks the International Arena, and the Beethoven Suite, found at the top of the member’s grandstand, which can accommodate up to 120 people.
Later in the season, Hickstead will host its national show, which will be totally free to spectators. Now in its second year, the All England Jumping Championships will run from 6 - 9 September with a range of classes from 1m to 1.40m. To book tickets for the British Jumping Derby Meeting and the Longines Royal International Horse Show, go to www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.