A great first day at the Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting

Holly Smith made it a winning return to top competition riding Quality Old Joker

Holly Smith made it a winning return to top competition riding Quality Old Joker

Holly Smith won Thursday's feature class at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting – the Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard.

Her win was all the more special because Holly has only just returned to top level competition following 13 weeks out of the saddle after breaking her leg.  

She claimed the top prize in the 1.50m competition with the nine-year-old Quality Old Joker. Holly was the fastest of seven riders in the jump-off, finishing more than a second quicker than Ireland’s Billy Twomey (Eindhoven GH) in second place.

The first international class of the show was the Stoner Jewellers Vase, with the top prize going to Nottinghamshire’s Louise Saywell. Riding the 14-year-old stallion Peiter VI, Louise set a quick time of 71.83sec that no one else could match.

Polo player turned showjumper Max Routledge also enjoyed a successful day at the All England Jumping Course. The Surrey-based rider won the Astore & Sons 1.35m Open Championship with Lord Of Arabia, as well as the Annual Grade C Championship on Centos Girl.

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Watch the Al Shira'aa Derby live on Hickstead.TV

Don't miss out on any of the action from the International Arena during this week’s Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (22-25 June) thanks to live coverage on Hickstead.TV.

William Whitaker and Glenavadra Brilliant take on the Hickstead Derby Bank pic credit: Craig Payne

William Whitaker and Glenavadra Brilliant take on the Hickstead Derby Bank

pic credit: Craig Payne

You can watch a mix of national and international showjumping, showing and driving classes, all free of charge.

The coverage begins on Thursday 22 June with a single camera livestream from 9.30am until the conclusion of the Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard. Then from Friday onwards, the single camera livestream will show every event in the International Arena, with a full TV webcast delivering the action from the main showjumping classes each day.

This includes the exciting Al Shira’aa Derby, held on Sunday afternoon. You can watch ridersjump round the famous Hickstead Derby course and tackle obstacles such as the double of water ditches, the Devil’s Dyke, and the infamous 10ft 6in descent of the Derby bank.

Triple Hickstead Derby winner John Ledingham, will be commentating alongside presenter Adam Cromarty. 

Register to view at hickstead.tv and enjoy the livestream along with a host of added extras, including video interviews, features and archive classes.

You can watch highlights of this year’s Al Shira’aa Derby on Sky Sports 3 at 6pm and 9pm on Wednesday 28 June.

The highlights will also be shown at 9pm on Wednesday 5 July on Horse & Country TV (Sky channel 253). 

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Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials secures new title sponsor

SsangYong Motor UK are the new title sponsor for the Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials for the next three years. 

Where better to watch top horses competing than in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace

Where better to watch top horses competing than in the beautiful grounds of Blenheim Palace

Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials, an event owned by the sport’s governing body, British Eventing, takes place in Oxfordshire from 13th-17th September 2017. With the stunning backdrop of Blenheim Place, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre, home of the Dukes of Marlborough and birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, it has the most beautiful setting of any sporting event in the UK.

With three international classes this year at the SsangYong Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials it's sure to attract some of the top event riders in the world and the eventing stars of the future. There's the CCI3*, the prestigious CIC3* for eight- and nine-year-old horses, and the final of the exciting Event Rider Masters series, also held at CIC3* level.

New course-designer David Evans is making exciting changes to the cross-country courses, utilising new areas of the park including the south lawn of Blenheim Palace, with new fences and fresh challenges built in to the course.

Blenheim also offers grassroots riders the chance to compete alongside their heroes with a wide range of amateur classes and a popular fun ride.

As well as horses galore, there's excellent shopping, a full time-table in the Attractions Arena of displays and demonstrations and children’s entertainment. There's something for all the family. 

“Blenheim is one of the top international horse trials held in the UK, and perfectly complements the SsangYong brand focus on four-wheel drive and SUVs, vehicles particularly suited to those living in the country or who tow a horse box, caravan or trailer,” says Paul Williams, CEO of SsangYong Motor UK Ltd. “As we prepare to launch our all-new Rexton 4x4 later this year, the timing couldn’t be better."

To find out more and to book tickets visit www.blenheimhorse.co.uk

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