H&H’s showjumping columnist on good times at “bigger and better” Calgary, and Hickstead
I can’t believe Hickstead is celebrating its 60th anniversary this year – what a legacy Douglas Bunn has left. I thought the venue was unbelievable the first time I went, which was in 1970 when I was 15 years old, although it wasn’t my most successful show.
I had qualified for the junior Foxhunter final and we were hoping to arrive there in plenty of time to get acclimatised and let the pony settle in, and maybe find a small class to jump first. But it took us three days to get to Hickstead and we arrived an hour before the championship started. The truck broke down, everything went wrong and it was a disastrous journey from start to finish.