The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain will take place on the final day of Hickstead’s CSIO5* this year. It has moved from its traditional slot on Friday to the Sunday afternoon, to reflect the importance of this prestigious team competition.
The British team will be seeking a good performance at the home leg of the series, in order to secure enough points to qualify for the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona. This year they’ll face opposition from teams from Ireland, The Netherlands, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, the UAE and last year’s winners, Brazil. In addition to the team placings, a €50,000 prize money pot will be split between those riders jumping a double clear round.
The €150,000 Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup will now take place on the Friday afternoon. This prestigious Grand Prix always attracts a top-class field of riders, all of whom want to have their name added to the roll of honour.
Other showjumping highlights of the show include world ranking classes such as the Bunn Leisure Trophy, the Bunn Leisure Salver and the British Speed Classic. The prestigious BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup, a national championship, will remain as Saturday’s highlight, while Wednesday features a host of British Showjumping Winter Finals. Thursday will see the country’s top event riders do battle in the popular MS Amlin Eventers’ Challenge.
The international showjumping classes will run alongside national showjumping, carriage and scurry driving as well as championship showing classes, under the title of the BHS Royal International Horse Show.
Sky Sports Action will once again be televising the action from Hickstead on Friday, Saturday and Sunday afternoon.
Tickets for the five-day meeting (25-29 July) are on sale now, with discounts available to those buying online in advance of the show. Head to www.hickstead.co.uk to book.