Gary Parsonage and Peter Street win Hickstead Eventing Grand Prix

  • Gary Parsonage and Peter Street won their third Amlin Plus Eventing Grand Prix at Hickstead’s Longines Royal International Horse Show today with a brilliant clear round.

    Gary was last of the 23 starters to go, and jumped a perfect round to stop the clock at 198.47sec.

    He retired 17-year-old Peter Street immediately after the class. The pair won in 2008 and 2009, and finished second to Shane Breen last year.

    “This was his best round — he felt very comfortable,” said Gary.

    Gary also won in back in 1999 on Just So I and becomes the first rider to claim four victories.

    Mark Kyle and Step In Time were several seconds faster but picked up 20pen for knock-downs, relegating them to second in a time of 210.74.

    Andrew Nicholson, another former winner along with Mark, finished third on his four-star eventer Avebury. The pair jumped a beautiful clear but were a fraction of a second slower than Mark.

    Oliver Townend and new ride Pepper Anne were fourth with just the final fence down. George Spence (Bow House Mandalin) and Pippa Funnell (Mirage D’Elle) completed the top six, giving the eventers a clean sweep.

    For a full report, see next week’s Horse & Hound, on sale 4 August.

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