The Hickstead Derby is one of the most famous showjumping classes in the world. It is an iconic event that attracts the biggest of names from around the showjumping world, but not all horses are suited for this unusual test, which includes numerous natural obstacles including ditches, banks and open water.
William Funnell, Harvey Smith, John Whitaker and Michael Whitaker have each won the class four times in its long history, but no one has managed to beat, or even match, Eddie Macken’s unbelievable record of four consecutive wins on the same horse, the legendary Boomerang, set way back in the 70s.
The Hickstead Derby is a 1,195m course of vast proportions, boasting 28 fences to challenge the scope and boldness of horse and rider. The main attractions are the Devil’s Dyke and the challenging Derby Bank, an obstacle with 1.04m rails on top and a 3.2m slope down the front with imposing 1.6m white rails just two strides from the base of the bank.
This fixture also hosts a full range of senior national showjumping classes, with something for almost every calibre of affiliated rider alongside the international classes. For the showing community there are many Horse of the Year Show qualifiers, plus carriage driving and plenty of shopping for visitors to enjoy too. Visit the official website