This week, international dressage makes a welcome return to the iconic venue of Hickstead in Sussex for the Hickstead CDIO3*/CDI2*/CDIYJP/CDIU25 (27 – 30 July 2017).
In 2016, Hickstead was forced to cancel its international fixture due to a lack of funds. This year however, thanks to the ‘1000 Club’, an idea which was supported and promoted from the beginning by Britain’s dressage supremo Carl Hester, the Hickstead CDIO is back with a bang. Membership of the 1000 Club has reached 47 – all passionate supporters of the show who’ve each donated £1000 towards the running costs, thus helping keep Hickstead on the international calendar.
For a feast of first-rate competition in a fabulous setting, Hickstead is hard to beat. Those who make the trip there will be treated to top class dressage with a large contingent from overseas as well as a host of top British riders. The big names competing in the Big Tour include Richard Davison and Emma Hindle who were both on the bronze medal-winning team at the European Championships here in 2003!
The home riders competing in the international U25 Grand Prix divisions include Lucy Pincus, Eilidh Grant who’s travelling from Scotland and Claire Gallimore who’s making the trip from her base in the Netherlands with the lovely mare, Annette Ballerina. Hickstead regular Andrew Gould contests the Small Tour with the up-and-coming Esquire II as does Leah Beckett whose horses are on good form.
The international Pony, Junior and Young Rider CDI classes are an added attraction as are the finals of the Hickstead young dressage horse championships. Recent winners of these young horse finals include rising stars River Rise Escarla, Dior III and FJ Veyron. Who could be discovered this year?
Almost 100 riders in total will contest the international classes, including 40 coming forward for the Grand Prix, with riders from a total of 18 nations. Plus once again, the Hickstead international features the final round in the eight-leg 2017 Nations Cup series. Coming forward to contest this will be teams from the USA, France and the Netherlands plus our own British quartet. And they will enjoy perfect footing too as the CDI Grand Prix sponsor Martin Collins International has replaced the surfaces on both the Jaap Pot Arena and the working-in as part of their five-year sponsorship deal.
Follow this link for list of horses and riders representing Great Britain.
For start lists and results click here.
To find out more and buy your tickets see www.dressageathickstead.com.
Article Source: British Dressage News
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