Hickstead SJ Saturday

By: Horse Deals

Hickstead SJ Saturday
Hickstead SJ Saturday
Somerset-based Anna Edwards enjoyed the biggest win of her career when she rode her home-produced Unique IX to victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Hickstead’s Longines Royal International Horse Show.

For many years, this class was confined to ladies, but has now been opened up to both sexes. It is therefore rather fitting that lady riders have now won for the past two years.

Anna and the bold Dutch-bred bay had it all to do from first draw in the four-horse jump-off, but the son of Heartbreaker, whom she rode on Britain’s winning Nations Cup team in Linz, produced a round that proved impossible to beat.

Anna turned to show jumping after being on Britain’s pony European event team, but she now wouldn’t do anything else.

"I haven’t ever thought about an alternative career and I’ve now found a fantastic horse," she said. "Unique had never been in the International Arena before but he loved it. I came here just hoping to get round and this is beyond my wildest dreams."

With world ranking points on offer, the Sky Sports Speed Classic was always going to be fast and furious. The lead changed hands throughout before Frenchman Julien Epaillard galloped to victory on Commissario.

It was a close run thing, though. Robert Smith conjured a terrific turn of speed out of the stallion Raging Bull Vangelis S and they crossed the line an agonising 0.04sec in arrears.

The day’s other international class, the Bunn Leisure Salver, also proved entertaining. Five reached the jump-off, where Swiss world number two Pius Schwizer jumped another immaculate round to take the honours on the nine-year-old Carlina IV, a mare coveted by most of his rivals.