Hickstead Premier League attracts Top Dressage Riders

The penultimate Premier Leagure fixture of 2015 is set to be a big one. Four days of action-packed dressage littered with stars as the seventh Premier League fixture of the season runs alongside the Para Dressage Open Championships at Hickstead, West Sussex (24 – 29 June 2015).

The show starts with a bang with the first of three Fairfax Saddles PSG classes, Hickstead organiser Dane Rawlins and Philip Swallow’s 12-year-old Flemmingh-sired gelding, Fleet Street II go up against the likes of Andrew Gould and his own eight-year-old Dutch-bred gelding, Cello II, Judy Harvey with her own nine-year-old KWPN gelding, Blitz and, freshly back from Mallorca CDI4*, Louise Bell with her nine-year-old British-bred gelding, Into the Blue.Thursday’s inter I brings a battle of the Huttons as husband and wife, Charlie and Abigail Hutton go head-to-head in an attempt to earn first place and win that golden ticket through to the Saracen Horse Feeds Inter I Championship at the LeMieux National Dressage Championships, held at Stoneleigh Park (17 – 20 Sept 2015).

However, they’ll be facing stiff competition from top names such as Emile Faurie, who will be making his fourth appearance with his 11-year-old Estonian stallion, Ramses XII, and Spencer Wilton with his and Jennifer Goodman’s 11-year-old Dutch stallion, Zamboucca.If stars are what you’re after, go no further than Friday’s LeMieux grand prix. A massive 35 riders will be vying for the top spot at dressage’s highest level, including Bobby Hayler, Olivia Oakeley, Gareth Hughes, Pippa Hutton, Alice Oppenheimer, Lara Griffith, Laura Tomlinson, Sarah Millis, Spencer Wilton and Dan Watson to name a few.

Friday also coincides with the start of the Para Open Summer Championships where the best para combinations from across the country compete over two days for six championship titles. Lee Pearson, Sophie Wells, Deb Criddle, Heather Bennett, Natasha Baker, Sophie Christiansen, Anne Dunham and Emma Sheardown will be amongst those aiming for the top spot and, when combined with the para freestyle to close the championships, it’s a not-to-be-missed event.

One of the most competitive classes of this Hickstead fixture is the pony team test. With pony riders looking for their last chance to make an impression for the impending European Championships, it’s no surprise that this class is packed with up-and-coming superstars. With Rebecca Bell, Clare Hole, Isobel Berrington, Lara Kuropatwa, Gemma Owen, Angus Corrie-Deane and, of course, Phoebe Peters. 

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