Crowds in their thousands will this Summer descend on the East of England Showground in Peterborough for the annual Lycetts Festival of Hunting, taking place on Wednesday 17th July 2019 with tickets now on sale. The prestigious and historic occasion is to be one of the most anticipated days of the summer social calendar with the countryside community out in force. The event offers a glorious annual showcase for the world of hunting boasting the greatest gathering of hounds in the country.
East of England Agricultural Society CEO and Secretary of The Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, Jeremy Staples said: “The date is set for Lycetts Festival of Hunting with plans firmly underway to ensure 2019 is a year not to be forgotten. We are delighted with the standing the event has achieved in recent years as it continues to grow year-on-year, attracting not only those with an active interest in the hunting world, but the wider lifestyle visitor too. This year’s event will seamlessly blend tradition and modernity as it plays host to both the 131st Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show together with marking the launch of a new Young Vice Presidents Membership and Young Handlers Class. These newly introduced initiatives seek to champion the opportunities in rural pursuits available to the next generation by offering unique access to the standout event in the hunting calendar. We are very much looking forward to welcoming fresh faces together with longstanding supporters when we open the gates to the East of England Showground on Wednesday 17th July.”
The Young Vice Presidents Membership is available to those aged 25 and under and seeks to engage tomorrow’s rural community with the world of hunting. Together with a Young Vice Presidents named badge and discounted membership priced at £25, Young Vice Presidents will receive a reserved seat in the Foxhound Enclosure and be eligible to purchase guest badges for the Peterborough Royal Foxhound Show, Lycetts Festival of Hunting and Vice Presidents Luncheon. Registration is now open on the Lycetts Festival of Hunting website.
As a recognition of those who give their time freely in support of the sport, this year also sees the introduction of a new class for young handlers of hunts exhibiting at Lycetts Festival of Hunting. The class will be eligible for those aged 12 to 16 who regularly help with hounds of hunts exhibiting at the event. Competitors will be required to show a single hound with the aim of demonstrating their knowledge, experience and control of the animal.
The wonderful spectacle of hounds competing in the outdoor rings will be as colourful as ever, with the attendance of Harriers, Beagles, Basset Hounds, Draghounds and Bloodhounds. The Blencathra Fellhounds will return following a debut parade in the Foxhound Ring last year. The Sealey Terriers, Coursing Dogs and The Fitzwilliam Eagle are also set to provide a wonderful sight for visitors.
A full video from last year’s event is available to view at: www.festivalofhunting.com
The Equerry Bolesworth International Horse Show is taking place from June 12 to 16, 2019 and offers luxury hospitality experiences in the stunning grounds of Bolesworth Castle near Tattenhall, Chester.
For 2019, the stage is set for an unforgettable year of equestrian action featuring the best riders from around the world. Cheshire’s premier sporting and social event promises to be better than ever offering a unique VIP experiences.
The VIP Hospitality will take centre stage as guests can experience Bolesworth in style in the arena side Marquee overlooking the International Arena. The range of world class equestrian prestige spans across five days, featuring a Dressage Demonstration, Prix St. George, Puissance and the Equerry CSI 4* Grand Prix.
There is plenty of entertainment for everyone with a dedicated Ladies Day, Elite Yearling Auction, Business Lunch and the full throttle Ride & Drive all featured in the packed line up.
There will be a chance to shop a great range of equestrian & lifestyle brands, relax with a glass of something chilled and enjoy locally sourced food throughout the show. As night falls, the Equerry Bolesworth International transforms and Club Boles hosts evening sessions starting from 6.30pm until late, every night there will be a special themed evening with a DJ. As well as an international live band on the Saturday night!
VIP Hospitality prices start at £95 per person include admission & VIP parking; lunch & afternoon tea or evening dinner, champagne reception and access to Club Boles for those looking at evening packages.
To book your hospitality places for the event please visit www.bolesworthinternational.comor contact Melanie Simm on 01829 307676.
The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting has been a showjumping institution for nearly six decades.
On Sunday 23 June the 59th Al Shira’aa Derby will take place, where top riders will face the iconic course that includes the Devil’s Dyke, the double of ditches, one of the widest open water jumps in the world and the fearsome 10ft 6in slope of the Derby Bank. This year, reigning champion William Funnell will bid to become the first five-time winner of this famous class
Spectators will get their first impression of Derby form in Thursday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard, and then they must qualify for the main event during Friday’s Bunn Leisure Derby Trial. The focus of Saturday afternoon is the British Speed Derby, where riders tackle some of Hickstead’s permanent fences at top speed.
Showing highlights include the final of the Tattersalls/RoR Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship, plus there’s scurry driving, carriage driving and more. On Saturday evening, the Celebrity Derby Challenge sees leading showjumpers give a new sport a try.
Tickets start at £20 for general admission with advance discounts and concessions available. Admission is free on Thursday. Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.
At 112 years old, the Longines Royal International Horse Show is one of the oldest and most prestigious horse shows in the world, with top class showjumping, showing, driving and arena eventing all forming part of this five-star event.
Hickstead plays host to the Longines FEI Nations Cup™ of Great Britain, held on the Friday afternoon, which gives spectators their only chance to see the British riders compete as a team on home turf. Britain will be aiming for their first home win in the series since 2010, while Belgium, Brazil, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Sweden and the USA will also be competing for honours in this historic team competition.
Wednesday features a host of prestigious British Showjumping Winter Finals, with the international classes getting underway from Thursday onwards, with the focus of this day being the Amlin Plus Eventers’ Challenge. Saturday’s highlight is the BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup, while the show concludes with the Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup, a Grand Prix boasting a €150,000 prize fund.
All of the showing classes at this show are championships, which means horses and ponies have been campaigned all over the country in order to claim one of the qualifying tickets just to compete on Hickstead’s hallowed turf. Saturday is Ladies’ Day, where the best-dressed ladies have the chance to win some great prizes.
This is the official show of The British Horse Society, and Her Majesty The Queen is the official show patron, giving the show its Royal prefix.
Tickets start at £20 for general admission with advance discounts and concessions available. Tickets are on sale now from www.hickstead.co.uk.