Other riders competing at the show include Tim Stockdale, the winner of the Longines King George V Gold Cup in 2010 and a member of this year’s Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup team at Hickstead. London 2012 gold medallist and three-time winner of the Hickstead Derby Peter Charles is also entered, along with his children Harry and Scarlett, who are fast-rising stars in the sport of showjumping.
David Simpson and Louise Pavitt, who got married earlier this month, and Louise’s sister Nicole Pavitt will be in action, and none of the three are strangers to success in the International Arena.
As well as classes for top riders, the show also features classes for grassroots riders and novice horses. Aside from a 1.40m class on Thursday, the action doesn’t get going in the International Arena until Friday, when the championships for the Four-, Five- and Six & Seven-Year-Olds take place.
Saturday’s highlight is the Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge, which includes several of Hickstead’s permanent obstacles – making it the perfect introduction for a future Equestrian.com Derby star. The show concludes on Sunday with the All England Grand Prix, a 1.40m class with a prize fund of £6,000.