It’s an edge of the seat type of contest, with pairs of riders racing each other over a series of obstacles before passing the baton to their next team member, with the fastest team going through to the next round until just two remain.
The competition is being held to raise money for MIND which helps people experiencing mental health problems, a charity close to many hearts in the equestrian community, in light of recent tragedies.
Representing the jockeys are Nick Scholfield, James Best, Cieran Gethings, Micheal Nolan, Sean Houlihan and Alice Mills.
Riding for the show jumpers are Sammi Jo Coffin, Alice Watson, Andrew Williams, Ade Whiteway and Alfie Bradstock who won Saturday’s prestigious Douglas Bunn’s Memorial Challenge at Hickstead riding arena manager Helen West’s Ebay.
The event riders in action are Janou and Althea Bleekman, Tom Rowland, Aaron Millar, Lizzie Luxton and Charlotte Rowe.
Helen West said:
“It’s a great night and we hope that everyone feels welcome to come along and watch as it is hugely entertaining. It’s the fourth time we’ve have held the competition and it’s such a lot of fun for spectators to watch the teams pit their wits against each other and fly down the course of showjumps. We’ll include the steeple chase fence too this year as the final obstacle before they gallop flat out to the line.”
Jockey Nick Scholfield added:
“It’s a really fun evening and the jockeys will be all out this year to win. MIND is an important charity and all of the jockeys are delighted to be helping to raise money for it. It’s always great fun t be riding in it, and we’ll be kicking on for victory!”
The challenge, which will start at around 7pm, is free to attend with spectators encouraged to make a donation to MIND.