Hickstead show jumping round-up – day one

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Hickstead show jumping round-up – day one
Hickstead show jumping round-up – day one

Saudi Arabian rider Abdullah Al Sharbatly proved once again that he’s a force to be reckoned with against the clock, winning the Bunn Leisure Derby Tankard with more than 1sec to spare.

Thirty-year-old Abdullah (pictured receiving his trophy from John Bunn) partnered the quick and careful dun mare Chesterfield, holding off opposition from second-placed Joe Clayton and Ingliston Twister. "It wasn’t an easy win, it was really tough," said Abdullah Al Sharbatly, who is currently based in France. "I bought Chesterfield less than two months ago, and this is our fourth show together. She’s a top horse and really competitive – we don’t know each other very well yet, but I’m very excited about my future with her."

Abdullah praised the All England Jumping Course, which is one of his favourite venues. "I love this show, the atmosphere is unbelievable, like a world championships or Olympics," he said. "I’m hoping to jump in the Derby with a horse I just bought last week. But you need a big relationship with a horse for that class, so I’m going to see how she goes tomorrow and then decide."

Hickstead-based Shane Breen won the first international class of the day, the Stoner Jewellers Vase. Shane and the mare Zarnita set a fast time of 68.26sec to finish more than 3sec clear of Sweden’s Angelie von Essen in second. Guy Williams, winner of the Hickstead Derby in 2010, won the Camardo Coffee Speed Derby Qualifier on Belinka VH Overlede Goed.

The top 25 in this class will go through to Saturday’s LED Sport Europe Speed Derby, where riders have to jump some of Hickstead’s permanent fences at speed.

Sussex-based Nicole Pavitt had a day to remember, winning the Camardo Coffee 1.35m Open Championship with Amaryllis van de Heffink, the British Five Year Old Jumping Championship Preliminary class with Monsoon 16, and the Hickstead Annual Grade C Championship with Contessa IV. For more information visit www.hickstead.co.uk

Photo by Lotte Simons Photography


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