All set for our 58th season

It's been 58 years since Douglas Bunn founded the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead

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This summer we will once again be hosting two international events – the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting (21-24 June) and the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the BHS Royal International Horse Show (25-29 July).

Around 100,000 spectators are set to come through our gates during the season to enjoy the top class showjumping, driving, showing and arena eventing on offer. With eight rings running throughout both shows, our events are among the largest outdoor fixtures in the equestrian calendar.

The Derby Meeting in June features four days of international showjumping, culminating in the famous Al Shira’aa Derby on Sunday 24 June. First held in 1961, the Hickstead Derby has been won by many of the sport’s biggest names, including Harvey Smith, David Broome, Nick Skelton, Eddie Macken plus brothers John and Michael Whitaker.

This year the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting will get underway with a 'shopping day’, with free admission to spectators on Thursday 21 June. A new Family Zone will be added, with half-price funfair rides on the Thursday and Friday of the show.

There is a new title for Hickstead’s July fixture, which is now known as the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain at the BHS Royal International Horse Show (25-29 July). There has also been a scheduling change, with the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup moving to the Friday and the show now set to close with the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ leg on Sunday afternoon.

The Royal International Horse Show (patron: Her Majesty The Queen) is the official show of the British Horse Society, and the show will celebrate its 111th birthday this year, making it one of the oldest equestrian events in the world. It has been held here at Hickstead since 1992, and features championship showing, carriage driving and national showjumping alongside the international showjumping classes.

The pinnacle class, the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™, also has a rich history, with the series dating back to 1929. The global series sees countries compete as teams of four riders, with the aim of qualifying for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona in September.

Tickets for both fixtures are on sale now, with discounts applying to all those booking in advance. A wide range of hospitality options are also available, including private boxes and the Members’ Restaurant, offering unrivalled views of the International Arena.

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