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The Carpetright British Jumping Derby, Hickstead
19 June, 2013 - 23 June, 2013
Hickstead, West Sussex
Hickstead, founded in 1960, is synonymous with British show-jumping. This iconic British jumping derby is a demanding test of both horse and rider, and is the eagerly-awaited culmination of four days of equestrian events.
The course is famously challenging. Most of the jumps are over 5 ft high, but there are also daunting doubles, the notorious Devil's Dyke (a tall triple jump which has seen many a fall) and the Derby Bank, where horses have to negotiate a sheer drop of 10 ft 6 in.
Trade exhibitors and a children's funfair will provide distractions if needed, but most spectators will be glued to the thrilling action on the course, or rubbing shoulders with some of the stars of British show-jumping - Nick Skelton, Geoff Billington, John and Michael Whitaker.
Situated in the heart of the Sussex countryside, midway between Gatwick Airport and Brighton, Hickstead is easily accessible from the A23.
2013 details are yet to be announced.