Future Stars Get Their Chance To Savour Hickstead Derby
Pony Masters is Europe's richest prize for juniors
best riders in the world and the youngsters with ambitions to take
their place. It's all there as part of the entertainment at this
year British Jumping Derby Meeting (August 14-17) - in the established
and acclaimed British Jumping Derby itself and the launch of the
unique Hickstead Pony Masters.
of the best riders in the world have already won the Derby, and
a lot more still have it in their sights. It takes a great rider
and a brave and powerful horse to negotiate the 1,195-metre course
and obstacles like the three-element Devil's Dyke and the almost
perpendicular slope of the 10ft 6ins Derby Bank.
this year attention will be split between this class and the Hickstead
Pony Masters, a new competition offering junior riders and their
ponies their chance to compete in the famous International Arena.
The £2,500 first prize is a little short of the Derby's £20,000,
but it's still Europe's richest pot for their up-to-16 age group.
a really amazing opportunity for these young people to experience
the occasion and savour the atmosphere in the International Arena,"
said Hickstead owner Douglas Bunn. "Most of them will have
the British Jumping Derby as an ambition and some of them will make
there's a bonus in both classes. In the Pony Masters it will be
to receive their prizes from last year's Derby winner, Peter Charles,
and in the Derby itself if this year's winner has been placed third
or better in the Falsterbo or Hamburg Derbys, he or she will take
home an extra £50,000 and the H&M Trophy.
the benefits don't stop there. This year's British Jumping Derby
is also the British round of the Riders Tour and could help a rider
towards a share of the massive £460,000 prize fund later in
is the fifth leg of this nine-round competition and the only one
outside Germany. Riders have to compete in six of the point-earning
rounds, with the result announced at Munich in November.
four-day British Jumping Derby Meeting's international classes start
on Thursday with the Alberta Canada Salver and the Hickstead Derby
Tankard, with the Osborne Refrigerators Derby Trial on Friday. Saturday
sees the Hasseroeder Trophy and the popular Hasseroeder Speed Derby.
rings will be in operation through all four days, when the programme
also includes national and pony showjumping as well as showing classes
for Cobs, Hacks, Hunters, Riding Horse, coloured horses and Mountain