Sunday 28th June

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Sunday is Equestrian.com Derby day! This year will be the 55th running of this world famous class, and it is a true testament to the difficulty of the course that there has been only 56 clear rounds in all that time.

Clare Balding once said about the Derby course: 'Forget about the 28 fences that Grand National runners have to leap over at Aintree, these are child's play when compared to Hickstead's monsters!'

 

Harvey Smith, John Whitaker and Michael Whitaker have won the class four times in its long history, but no one has managed to beat, or even match, Eddie Macken's unbelievable record of four consecutive wins on the same horse, the legendary Boomerang, set way back in the 70s.

 

Paul Beecher made history in 2012 by being the first ever person to jump a clear round having been drawn first to go in the competition, and he went on to win it to boot. In 2013, Philip Miller produced one of the most popular wins in recent times on Caritiar Z, with the pair finishing second to Trevor Breen and the one-eyed wonder horse Adventure De Kannan in 2014. Both Trevor and Phillip are likely be back to have another crack at the title this summer, but in a class so famous for its thrills and spills, anyone can win!

 

So come down and enjoy the spectacle, and take part in the Public coursewalk, accompanied by a magnificent marching band, one of the only chances anywhere in the world to get right up close to the famous course and the riders who hope to conquer it!

 

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10.30amPublic Course Walk of the Equestrian.com Derby
11.45amThe Romford Band of the Royal British Legion
11.20amEnd of Public Course Walk
11.25amPresentation: The Ready Supp Supreme Coloured Horse Ridden Championship
11.45amPresentation: The Hickstead Ladies Side Saddle Classic
12.00The Hickstead Under 25 Masters
12.40pmPresentation: The Alltech Supreme Hunter Championship
1.10pmFinal Judging: The Tattersalls & ROR Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship
1.30pmThe Osborne Refrigerators Celebrity Scurry
1.55pmThe Romford Band of the Royal British Legion
2.10pmParade of Riders in the Equestrian.com Derby
2.30pmThe Equestrian.com Derby (€140,000)

Petplan Equine Ring 2

8.00amThe British 1.25m Open Jumping Derby
To followThe Aston Scott British 1.10m Open Speed Derby
To followHorse & Hound Senior Foxhunter - First Round

 

Airowear Ring 4 (All Weather)

8.00amThe Hickstead 1.15m Open
To followThe Hickstead 1.00m Open

 

Jacksons Fencing Ring 5

7.30amAlltech Lightweight Hunter (Qualifier for HOYS 2015)
To followAlltech Middleweight Hunter (Qualifier for HOYS 2015)
To followAlltech Heavyweight Hunter (Qualifier for HOYS 2015)
10.00amThe Tattersalls & Retraining of Racehorses Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship (National Hunt)

 

Alexanders Horseboxes Ring 3

7.30amReady Supp CHAPS (UK) Native/Cob/Traditional Open Ridden Qualifier
To followReady Supp CHAPS (UK) Non-Native Open Ridden Qualifier
10.00amThe Hickstead Ladies Side Saddle Classic
10.45amThe Tattersalls & Retraining of Racehorses Thoroughbred Show Horse Championship 2015 (Flat)
12.45pmAltech CHAPS (UK) Native/Cob/Traditional Open In-Hand Qualifier
To followAlltech CHAPS (UK) Non-Native Open In-Hand Qualifier
To followAlltech CHAPS (UK) Open Youngstock Qualifier
To followPresentation: The Alltech Supreme Coloured Horse In-Hand Championship

 

Ring 6

9.30amThe Hickstead Mini Challenge