Hickstead is introducing a new class to its All England Jumping Championships next month, which it hopes will provide invaluable experience for future Derby competitors.
The Douglas Bunn 1.35m Challenge class will include a number of Hickstead’s infamous Derby fences, but at a lower height. However, none of the permanent obstacles, with the exception of the water jump, will be included in the 1.40m Open classes or the grand prix.
This year the top three horses in the grand prix will automatically qualify for the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at next year’s Royal International.
Alongside the big money competitions in the main arena, will be classes for all levels, starting at 1m in height. In addition there will be the usual great shopping as well as evening entertainment with live bands and DJs.
The All England Jumping Championships were introduced in 2011 to support grass roots participation in showjumping. The four days show runs from 6-9 September and entry is free for spectators.