Hundreds of showjumping and showing competitors will head to Hickstead for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Great Britain at the Longines Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) on 21 July – 25 July 2021.
The oldest horse show in the world first took place in 1907 and is currently held at the famous show centre in West Sussex that also hosts the British Jumping Derby Meeting.
The RIHS is one of the most prestigious showjumping and showing shows in the UK. It is the only British show to host a leg of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup, where teams of four showjumpers will be competing to gain points to qualify their country for the series final. This is the only chance showjumping fans have of seeing the British team compete on home soil and this year the Nations Cup competition is returning to its traditional Friday slot after being moved to Sunday afternoon last year.
In addition the show hosts the famous Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup, which returns to Sunday, the Science Supplements BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup and the popular MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge, as well as national jumping classes.
Accompanying the top-class showjumping, the best showing riders and horses have qualified at shows around the country in order to compete at the RIHS. They will be doing battle to be crowned Royal International champion in their class, with the best horses and ponies going forward to the supreme horse and supreme pony championships on Sunday. In 2019, the respective supreme accolades went to Allister Hood and the lightweight cob Our Cashel Blue and India Till and the 138cm show pony Drakemyre Puttin On The Ritz.
Ladies day is on Saturday, with prizes on offer for the most elegantly-attired. Shopaholics can have a field day stocking up on equestrian tack, clothing and equipment, as well as jewellery and other accessories, in the Charles Owen-sponsored shopping village — don’t forget your credit card! And young visitors can enjoy the fun fair in the family fun zone with entertainment from family entertainer Tomfoolery.