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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