Eventing arrived at the British Open in style, when 18 of the world’s best vied over a bespoke indoor “cross-country” course. In the end, experience won the day when reigning Hickstead grand prix champions Ireland’s Mark Kyle and Drunken Disorderly (picture right at Hickstead) showed all their rivals how to do it to take the £1,200 prize.

Second spot also went overseas after a smooth performance from Kiwi Andrew Nicholson on Fenicio, with Dag Albert’s exciting round on Who’s Bitz good enough to capture third place for Sweden.

The eveners thoroughly enjoyed their first appearance at a major jumping show and the crowd — many of whom had arrived specially for this class — was equally appreciative.

“That was great fun,” said a breathless Mark Kyle afterwards. “And I also backed myself with the show’s bookies, so I think you could say I’ve had a good day out!”

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