For the full interview, don’t miss Horse & Hound 11 July issue.
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Andrew Nicholson and Avebury repeated their triumph in one of two CIC3* sections at the 2013 event. And as well as elite eventing in the beautiful summer sunshine, the crowds were treated to a range of other entertainment, including a retrained racehorse dressage demonstration by Kauto Star and Laura Collett and the popular Lamb National.
To be listed among the Hickstead Derby winners is an accolade that any showjumper can be justly proud of, so we salute the winners from the past 20 years with a look back through our picture archives.
Check your knowledge against our gallery of the top 20 brilliant event horses (2013), based on BE points. These special equine athletes have represented their countries at international championships while competing successfully at the very highest level throughout their long and illustrious careers.
As well as a number of iconic equines of the past, also well placed within the top 20 are a number of current eventing stars, who you can expect to climb up the leaderboard as their careers continue.
The Owens are a horsey family — not only does Michael own Tom Dascombe’s Manor House Stables in Cheshire, his wife Louise is a patron of the Thoroughbred Rehabilitation Centre and his daughter Gemma was selected for the Welsh under-12 dressage team.
Check out our gallery of Michael Owen at the races.