Hickstead (UK), the place to be for numerous international equestrian events, hosted one of the biggest outdoor show in the country: “The Longines Royal International Horse Show”.
Let me take you with me on my trip from Brussels (Belgium) to London and Hickstead. Early morning in Brussel, leaving with the Eurostar to London. Train breakfast: check.
Only 2 hours later, we arrived in beautiful London St. Pancras. I could talk for hours about all the shopping areas and hipster places, but let’s stick to business. There are 2 possibilities to go to Hickstead, directly by train from St. Pancras to Haywards Heath or by Coach bus (go to Victoria coach station via the Underground services). I am not a big fan of public transport, but the Coach bus services are really handy, they drop you off right in front of the main entrance at The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead.
The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, was the dream and brain child of one man Douglas Bunn. Now run by his family, the showground remains one of the premier equestrian venues in the world. Almost every great show jumper, horse and rider, has competed at Hickstead since we first opened our doors in 1960. In 2010, The All England Jumping Course celebrated its 50th anniversary as the home of international showjumping in Great Britain. Since then it has undergone £1million-worth of refurbishment works, including the complete renovation of the famous International Arena.
The Equestrian Lifestyle Team also attended The Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup™ to support the Belgium team. Their where eight teams competed for the historic Prince of Wales Trophy. (Great Britain, Belgium, Germany, Switzerland, Italy, the USA, France and the Netherlands) . Who jumped to victory? Yes, we did! Belgium wins the FEI Nations Cup!
“First of all I have to say a great thanks to my team members, without them I wouldn’t have been in the jump-off,” said Pieter, who stood on the winners podium alongside Judy Ann Melchior (As Cold As Ice Z); Gudrun Patteet (Sea Coast Pebles Z) and Olivier Philippaerts (H&M Armstrong van de Kapel). Belgian Chef d’equipe Dirk Demeersman said: “Finally we won at Hickstead! Before, when I came here as a rider I had many disasters, so it is great to get this result – and good also that we have qualified for the final in Barcelona, as that was the goal.”
The kids are presenting their shiny poneys in front of the judges.
Shopping. With more than 250 exhibitors, the Charles Owen sponsored shopping village is a hive of retail activity. If you are a seasoned shopper and intend to spend the entire day seeking out excellent show-discounts and special offers, or if you are merely looking for a souvenir of your day out, the Hickstead shopping village something to suit your tastes.
Whether you are after equine accessories, tack and equipment, or fine clothing and exquisite jewellery you will not be disappointed. Even the most reluctant shopper will be able to understand why some of our loyal visitors come to Hickstead just for the shopping!
Some views from above. Love this venue!
We had a great time at Hickstead and enjoyed topsport and shopping. Thank for the hospitality.