Hickstead, England – January 26, 2022 – Hickstead is set for a summer of celebrations with the 60th running of the Al Shira’aa Derby. First held in 1961, the Hickstead Derby is one of the most historic and popular classes in showjumping, and it is set to return to the All England Jumping Course on Sunday 26 June after a two-year absence due to Covid-19 restrictions.
Expect thrills and spills as this year’s competitors tackle the fearsome course, which includes the 10ft 6in slope of the Derby Bank, the notoriously difficult Devil’s Dyke combination, and one of the widest water jumps in the world. There is nothing else quite like the spectacle of the country’s top horses and riders competing in Hickstead’s iconic classes, which also include the exciting British Speed Derby and the Derby Trial, in which riders must qualify for the Al Shira’aa Derby itself.
Around 50,000 spectators are expected to head to West Sussex for this equestrian showcase, which combines international showjumping with showing classes, carriage driving and lots more. Hickstead has everything an equestrian fan could wish for, and there’s plenty on offer for everyone including a large shopping village, a choice of bars and restaurants, and family entertainment including a funfair. Tickets start from £20 with advance discounts and concessions available; Thursday 23 June is free general admission for all while Friday and Saturday offers free admission to all under-15s when booked in advance – visit www.hickstead.co.uk for more information.
Source: Press Release by Victoria Goff / All England Jumping Club – Hickstead
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