Month: June 2019

Teenager Michael Pender Takes Al Shira AA Hickstead Derby

The Al Shira.aa sponsored Hickstead Derby is one of the longest and toughest courses to ride in the world of showjumping. The course has not changed for decades with 16 jumps and 21 jumping efforts required. The time allowed of 180 seconds per round is not particularly generous as the course is just under 1200

Blue Point take the Honours for the final Group 1 at Royal Ascot

The final day of Royal Ascot was to see the final Group 1 race of the week The Diamond Jubilee Stakes and the longest flat race in the racing calendar in the UK, The Queen Alexandra Stakes. The Diamond Jubilee Stakes over six furlongs, is now one of the most prestigious races of the meeting

Shane Breen Wins Derby Trial at Hickstead

It has been six years since being at Hickstead, so to commenting and reporting on the Derby Meeting presents a certain déjà vu. Started in 1961 by Douglas Bunn, a well known showjumper of the time, the event has taken place every year at the beautiful Sussex venue every year since. There are many jumping

Three Wins and Gold Cup for Frankie Dettori out of Six Races

As with all the other days of the meeting, there are six races. Obviously, The Gold Cup is the main course for the day, and as said, many would argue for the week. Eleven horses were entered, headed by the charismatic Stradivarius trained by John Gosden. Going for his second £.million bonus in consecutive years,

The Show Must Go On despite the Weather!

It was a very difficult week for the Equerry International Bolesworth Horse Show near Chester in the UK as constant rain meant that the show directors decided that it was not suitable for the general public to attend. On the first day, Wednesday, an announcement from the show declared that the public would not be

Tim Stockdale Will be Missed This Season

With the main summer season of competition beginning in earnest this week – the one person who will be missed is showjumper and sportsman Tim Stockdale. This article is not meant to be an obituary but some context is needed for people to understand what an amazing sportsman he was and why it is so
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