The Derby Meeting is one of our busiest shows of the year as it is the perfect location for taking the young horses back and forth each day for the national classes as well as having the International horses stabled on site.
All of the young horses jumped well in the outer rings with Keoki winning the 6 year old final qualifier, finishing the fastest on 4 faults in the final to finish 5th in the International Arena.
Chamberlain Z and Louise have gelled more and more as the season has gone on. The derby meeting was one of their first shows together in a big grass arena and they did well throughout the week with their highlight being The Derby Tankard where they came 4th in a very strong class. This was their last show together for the year as Louise is taking the time off from jumping to have her baby.
It was Chessy 17's first experience in the Hickstead International arena and she came 9th in the Tom Hudson Trophy with just one down in the Jump Off.
Baby David did very well in the Speed Derby qualifier coming 3rd over a course that was set very differently compared to previous years, far more based on speed rather than derby fences. He also did very well in the Master Class coming 4th.
This was Gotti Van Paemel's first outing since his success in the Puissance at Bolesworth. David and Gotti were the first pair to jump clear in an eventful Derby Trial, unfortunately however incurring one time fault to finish 8th. The Derby itself was Gotti's first ever experience over such fences and although he tried his heart out until the very end, he didn't seem quite sure of the big hedges and yet thought nothing of the bank. The Equestrian.com commentary seconded our opinion of his future capabilities over the course, marking him out as a definite Derby horse for the future. So we very much look forward to bringing him back next year to see what he can do.