Next month’s I.C.E Horseboxes All England Dressage Festival at Hickstead is back for its fourth year next month (7-12 May), with a masterclass by star riding Gareth Hughes adding to the exciting schedule, which also includes the return of national classes.

Gareth was part of Britain’s gold medal-winning team at last summer’s European dressage championships, and was travelling reserve for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021. He will share his wisdom in a masterclass on Saturday 11 May, during the interval for the international Grand Prix Freestyle.

The I.C.E Horseboxes All England Dressage Festival first took place at Hickstead in 2021. It encompasses international classes, including para dressage, alongside a Premier League competition. This year, National classes from Novice to Medium level have returned to the schedule, giving more riders the opportunity to compete.

The competition gets underway on Tuesday 7 May, with three days of international para classes, as well as two days of national classes, before the start of the Premier League and young horse, pony and young rider classes from Friday onwards.

The international action takes place on the Saturday and Sunday, with the FEI Grand Prix and Grand Prix Freestyles, CDI classes for Pony, Junior, Children, Young Riders and Under-25s as well as Young Horse classes.

Admission and parking are free at this event, with a select number of tradestands and eateries open throughout the competition.

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Lead image of European gold medallist Gareth Hughes, who will give a Masterclass at Hickstead’s Dressage Festival. Credit: Elli Birch/Boots and Hooves Photography

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