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World’s best riders come to the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead

June 09, 2014 By: janwest Category: General

Several of the world’s leading showjumping nations will head to the All England Jumping Course this summer for the Longines Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead (29 July – 3 August), the official show of The British Horse Society.

 

The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ (Friday) and the Longines King George V Gold Cup (Sunday) are the showpieces of Hickstead’s CHIO5* fixture, each having a prize fund of €200,000. In the former, the British team will be competing against Belgium, Germany, Ireland and The Netherlands as they all bid to pick up qualifying points towards the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona in October. They’ll face further opposition from the USA, France and Sweden, who have also elected to send teams to Hickstead.

 

Britain has not won the FEI Nations Cup™ since 2010, with Germany winning in 2011 and 2013, and Ireland finishing victorious in 2012. The Royal International comes just a few weeks before the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, so will no doubt prove a useful guide to form ahead of the championships.

Longines Royal International Horse Show 2014 (c) Samantha Lamb

©Samantha Lamb

Last year’s Longines King George V Gold Cup did deliver a popular win for the British supporters. Almost a year to the day from his team gold medal success at London 2012, world number two Ben Maher jumped a double clear to win the King’s Cup on his former Olympic partner Tripple X III.

 

The other class that forms part of Hickstead’s ‘triple crown’ is the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup. This used to be a national championship for lady riders only, but in 2008 it was opened up to men and women. Since then, male riders have dominated in Saturday afternoon’s feature class, with the only ladies to win it in recent years being Laura Renwick in 2009 and Anna Edwards in 2010.

 

The international action begins on Thursday afternoon with the Bunn Leisure Trophy, which forms a qualifier for the Longines King George V Gold Cup. The international classes will feature the highest ranked riders in Britain plus some of the very best competitors in the world; while a huge range of national showjumping classes will attract entries from around 900 riders and 1,500 horses.

 

In the showing classes, around 1,600 horses and ponies will arrive at Hickstead, having qualified for their respective classes at shows around the United Kingdom. The best of these will go through to their respective division championships, and the winners will go through to the final judging of the British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Underwood Supreme Pony Championships, held on the Sunday.

 

Last year, riding pony champion Dance All Night became the first pony in Hickstead’s history to win the supreme title twice; this year her rider Samantha Elliott is hoping to recover from a broken arm in time to have a crack at winning a third supreme championship. Meanwhile, the 2013 supreme horse winner Pearly King continues to dominate in the show ring with rider Simon Charlesworth, recently winning the hack championship at the Royal Windsor Horse Show, and they will be bidding for further Hickstead success at this year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show.

 
New showing classes at Hickstead this season include a Ponies (UK) mountain and moorland amateur class and an amateur maxi cob class, plus the two highest placed junior riders in each coloured horse and pony class will go through to a brand new championship. Showing riders will also benefit from a new all-weather gallop track in Jacksons Fencing Ring 5.

 

Ladies’ Day will once again be held on the Saturday of the show, and this year proceeds will go towards the charity Dreamflight. A team of ‘spotters’ will pick out the best-dressed guests and invite them into a special ringside enclosure. A celebrity judge will then pick out a winner and two runners-up from the top 10 finalists, with the winner receiving a two-night stay with dinner and spa treatments from the Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa in West Sussex.

 

To book tickets for the Longines Royal International Horse Show go to www.hickstead.co.uk or call 01273 834315.

 

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For more information about Ladies’ Day, click here: http://www.hickstead.co.uk/horse-shows/the-longines-royal-international-horse-show/ladies’-day.aspx

 

The essentials

 

Download Hickstead’s free App for iPhone and Android

Follow the All England Jumping Course Twitter and Facebook pages

Visit the website www.hickstead.co.uk

The Equestrian.com Hickstead Derby Meeting 26th – 29th June 2014

The Longines Royal International Horse Show 29th July – 3rd August 2014

The Hurst College National Schools & Pony Club Championships, 7 August 2014

The All England Jumping Championships 4th – 7th September 2014

 

Laura Renwick speeds away with the spoils on Ladies’ Day

August 03, 2013 By: janwest Category: General

Britain’s number one female rider Laura Renwick raced to victory today in the Sky Sports Speed Classic, finishing more than 2sec clear of her nearest rival.

 

Her mare Beluga swept round Kelvin Bywater’s 1.45m course, and though last-drawn Guy Williams looked to be fast, he wasn’t quick enough and had to settle for second place with Bijou van de Vijfheide. Rather aptly for Ladies’ Day, all of the top four horses in this class were mares.

 

Laura had been confident of her chances today with Beluga. “She loves the International Arena and she’s won a few times here over the years, plus I thought she should win as she’s an out-and-out speed horse,” she said. “She’s quick through the air and is fast away from a fence, and she can keep up the pace all the way around. She makes my job quite easy.”

Laura Renwick  Photo by Samantha Lamb

Laura Renwick
Photo by Samantha Lamb

 

Ireland’s Shane Breen scored his second victory in the Templant Events Queen Elizabeth II Cup, taking the historic trophy on board the nine-year-old mare Zarnita. Shane was the first-ever male winner of this class, finishing top in 2008 with Carmena Z when the class was first opened up to men as well as women.

 

The class is open to the highest-ranked British based riders, and 27 starters came forward in hope of picking up their share of the £9,000 prize fund. Five riders went into the jump-off, with all of them going clear in the second round. Joe Clayton (Aiyetoro) set the bar with 53.62sec, a time that was soon bettered by Louise Saywell and Hello Winner IV. Robert Whitaker (Asterix E Z) then knocked another second off the time to take the lead, before William Funnell steered Billy Balou to finish just a fraction quicker than Joe but didn’t trouble the leaders.

 

But last to go Shane Breen is always one to fear against the clock, and he knocked 0.6sec off Robert Whitaker’s time to take the top spot.

 

“It’s great to win any class at Hickstead, but I’m delighted to win with Zarnita as the owner, Sarah Jane Knight, lives locally,” said Shane, who is based at the showground. “Last year, when the mare won the Old Lodge Breeding Championships, I said it would be great if she could come back next year and win the Queen Elizabeth II Cup.”

 

Shane believes the mare could go to the very top of the sport. “She only started jumping when she was six, so she’s relatively inexperienced, but she’s got loads of scope and is very careful. She’s a peculiar kind of mare as she jumps better the bigger the course, so don’t be surprised if you see her in a Nations Cup or Grand Prix next year,” added Shane.

 

 

CONT’D
Shane is riding in tomorrow’s Longines King George V Gold Cup, the oldest Grand Prix held on British soil, with a €200,000 prize fund. “Winning that class and the Hickstead Derby are my two main goals,” said Shane.

 

In the showing classes, Pearly King and Simon Charlesworth won the The Alexanders Horseboxes Supreme Hack Championship, while the Jackson Fine Homes (Cornwall) Ltd RIHS Supreme Intermediate Championship went to Royal Angel and Michaela Wood. Today’s winners will join the other champions tomorrow for the judging of the British Horse Society Supreme Horse and the Underwood Supreme Pony Championships, two of the most important and coveted titles in showing.

 

Today marked the fifth annual Hickstead Ladies’ Day, which is held in support of Variety, the Children’s Charity. Celebrity judge Christopher Biggins selected showing producer Lisha Leeman as the ‘Best Dressed Filly’, with Lisha winning a two-day stay at the Alexander House Hotel & Utopia Spa with dinner, afternoon tea and spa treatments, plus a magnum of Champagne Moutard.

 

“I’m a great fan of Karen Millen, she never lets me down,” said Lisha on her floral dress, which she teamed with a stunning hat that she made herself.

 

First runner-up Jean Sibson, who has recently recovered from a heart attack, was delighted to win an overnight stay at Ockenden Manor Hotel & Spa, while second runner-up Sophie Elliott will get to enjoy an eight course dinner at the Michelin-starred Pass Restaurant at South Lodge Hotel.

 

This year a prize was also given to the ‘Most Stylish Stallion’, with winner Richard Leeman (the husband of Lisha) being presented with a bottle of champagne.

 

The Longines Royal International Horse Show, the official show of the British Horse Society, reaches its conclusion tomorrow.

 

The essentials

 

Watch live Hickstead coverage on Sky Sports

Download Hickstead’s free App for iPhone and Android

Follow the All England Jumping Course Twitter and Facebook pages

Visit the website www.hickstead.co.uk

Get results, timetables and start lists from
http://hickstead.co.uk/horse-shows/the-longines-royal-international-horse-show.aspx