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.