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.