Furniture giant DFS has agreed to sponsor Hickstead’s British Jumping Derby competition (23-27 June) for a seventh year.

The company will provide a £120,000 prize pot again this year — the showjumping meeting’s 50th anniversary.

Hickstead director and show secretary, Lizzie Bunn, welcomed the news, saying: “DFS has been a great supporter of Hickstead and showjumping. It’s a great way to start our 50th year.”

This year’s DFS Derby (27 June) could also make jumping history, with William Funnell bidding for his fourth win on the same horse — Cortaflex Mondriaan.

The feat has only been achieved once in the last half century, by Eddie Macken and the legendary Boomerang in 1979.