The Jeweller kicked off the week on Wednesday, with an effortless clear and 2nd place in the 1.20m Open.
Billy Blossom and Aimgo SWB also proved to be a success in the 1.20m Open. Despite an unfortunate pole in the first phase for Billy Blossom, this young horse showed great athleticism in the ring. Amigo SWB schooled around for a time fault, but nevertheless had great enthusiasm
On Thursday, David and Fourdre F entered the International Arena for the first time this year to take up the challenge that was the 1.40 Open. The pair had a super round with just an unlucky pole in the first phase. In the outer rings, The Jeweller had an unlucky 4 faults in the 1.30m Open but showed great class as always.
Foudre F returned to the main ring once again on Friday, showing us how it’s done despite the rain with a fantastic clear round in the 1.40m. Amigo SWB put on a show in the 1.30m with an effortless clear, around a tricky course and in the time. Friday was also the turn of the 6yr old finals for Billy Brisk and Pjotr Van De Kruishoeve. Both horses did a great performance and proved themselves, despite the atmosphere of the main ring. The highlight of the day was Charlene piloting the up and coming 5-year-old Theo to a 9th place finish in the 5-year-old final. Thank you Charlene for doing a fabulous job as always!
On Saturday, Carleyle and Starouge put in two foot perfect rounds in the 1.30m, another pair of horses who just keeping getting better! Followed by the cool calm and collected Billy Woosley, who did a classy clear in the 1.10m Open to finish the day.
Finally, Sunday and the day did not disappoint. David and Foudre F entered the main ring for the final time that week, for the Al Shira’aa Jumping Championships. The course took no prisoners and created that nail biting atmosphere we all know and love at Hickstead. In the first round David and Foudre F displayed their great partnership with a super clear in the time, sending them through to the jump off! As the day went on and clear rounds were few and far between, the pressure was on, but of course this only fuelled the pair more. Their final round was a true jump off masterclass and earned them 2nd place! A huge achievement for team DLS Showjumping and another memory at Hickstead not to be forgotten.
As always, it was great to be back at Hickstead and we at DLS Showjumping are always grateful for the team who put on a brilliantly run show for all the riders and their team.