Dressage enthusiasts can buy tickets for the 2003 European Dressage Championships at Hickstead (13-17 August) via the box office, which opens today.

The European Championships are being held in Britain for the first time since Goodwood in 1987, and the best horses and riders from throughout Europe will be competing for the coveted individual and team titles.

The opening day will see Britain’s equine dressage stars of the future in the prestigious Rhinegold British Young Horse Championships for five- and six-year-olds.

Hickstead will also host a new British Pasde Deux Championship where winners of the national finals will compete against invited international pairs during a gala performance at the event.

As well as dressage competition at the very highest level, spectators will be entertained with dressage to music, a quadrille and other arena displays. You’ll also be able to shop until you drop.

Daily tickets, which include admission, parking and a grandstand seat cost from £15 per person, with five-day season tickets available at £60. Gold tickets, which include access to VIP hospitality facilities, cost £125 per day or £350 for the whole show.

For more information visit the event’s website: www.edc2003.com

Tickets are available from Ticketmaster (tel: 0870 0602 328 (24hr)), at Ticketmaster outlets or online at www.ticketmaster.co.uk