The Countdown To Hickstead Is On

Shane Breen on 10 June 2015

The countdown to the Derby meeting at Hickstead has now begun, there’s just two weeks to go.  As yet I do not have a ride for the main events – the Derbies – but is more than likely that I will conjure up a ride in both.

Shane Breen and Faro van’t VennehofIn addition some of my working pupils will be riding too.  Jade Hooke who was 3rd in the Derby last year on her own A New Era will be hoping to go even better and Georgia Tame will ride her own Bolien in the Speed Derby. 
 
The main ring at Hickstead is unique in its undulating terrain.  Hickstead’s nearest comparison would be Hamburg as a Derby Show. It also has a speed derby and a big derby. The Speed Derby at Hickstead is a proper derby, in the sense that you have to come down the big bank, and have to jump the Irish bank at speed, it is a very difficult derby to win. Thankfully I have managed it twice.
 
The big derby at Hickstead is very enjoyable to ride round.  When you look at the course you’d imagine a very good vertical jumper would do the job, but in fact in my opinion you need a Grand Prix horse to win the Derby as has been proven by the history books. Not just Grand Prix winning horses, but when you think of Monsanta, Kilbaha, Welham, Corrada to just a few – these four previous winners were also European, World Championship and Olympic Team horses.
 
We’ve a busy show ahead, not only are we involved in the CSI4* at Hickstead, but we will also have at least 20 horses competing in the national competitions every day! The top horses are all being fed Horse Care 10 with Foran Equine Kentucky Karron Oil for optimum condition. This feed regime sounds simple, but is ultra-effective and goes to prove that the simple things in life are the best.

 
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