Derby Winners To Guest In The Scurry
World Games squads parade on the way to Spain
winners of the prestigious Hickstead Jumping Derby are being invited
to take part in a contest likely to test their nerve even more than
the 10ft 6ins Derby Bank negotiated to earn their titles.
test will be the Osborne Refrigerators Celebrity Scurry, and so
far invitations have been accepted by local rider John Popely, who
took the title in 1997, Rob Hoekstra, 1999 and Ireland's Derby specialist
John Ledingham, whose first win was in 1984 but who then went on
to two consecutive wins in 1994 and 1995 on Kilbaha.
have also gone to Marion Mould (nee Coakes) who, on the famous pony
Stroller won in 1967; 1973 winner Alison Dawes, the last lady to
win the British Jumping Derby; John Whitaker, first in 1983 with
the legendary Ryan's Son and then again in 1998 with Gammon; Michael
Whitaker, who recorded his first win in 1980 and 11 years later
the first of three consecutive wins on Mon Santa.
will each be allocated a place behind the driver on one of the small,
lightweight carts drawn by pairs of very fast ponies with the aim
of being the quickest through a course of cones in the famous International
competition will be held on Sunday (August 25), last day of the
Hickstead Derby Meeting (August 22-25).
on the afternoon's programme will be the parade of British teams
due to compete in the World Equestrian Games at Jerez, Spain, next
month (subs - September 10-22).
favourite Tim Stockdale will represent the showjumping team as other
members will be competing in Europe on the day, but local rider
and European Eventing Champion Pippa Funnell will be there together
with Leslie Law, Jeanette Brakewell, Kristina Cook and Polly Stockton.
Other squads on parade will be Dressage, Horse Driving Trials, Endurance
- the youngest team to carry the Union flag - Vaulting and Reining.
team flags are to be distributed amongst the traditionally large
crowd, which is expected to give the team a typically vocal Hickstead
Derby day draws one of the largest audiences of the season, encouraged
by the opportunity (11.45am) to walk the course to be faced in the
afternoon by some of the bravest horses and best riders in the world.