Sweet win for Showjumper Will Edwards in the Derby Tankard  

Will Edwards & SHW Candies B - ClipMyHorse.TV Derby Tankard c-image credit Boots & Hooves Photography

GBR Showjumper, Will Edwards won the ClipMyHorse.TV Derby Tankard on Thursday, 20 June at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting riding the 14-year-old mare SHW Candies B. The pair produced a speedy round in the six-strong jump-off to finish more than 2 seconds quicker than Jessica Hewitt and Arbitrage.

The mare has been amazing for so many years – she’s come here for the last four years and been placed in so many classes, but to finally win one is fantastic,”

said Shropshire-based Will.

It was a tough jump-off – but it’s always tough, when you’re at this level.”

The rider piled praise on SHW Candies B following the victory.

“She’s just an out-and-out athlete. She’s been amazing since day one. We’ve had her since a three-year-old and always, from day one, she’s wanted to win. She’s always gone well here and she’s naturally very competitive.”

Earlier in the day, Guy Williams added another Hickstead victory to his collection, winning the Stoner Jewellers Vase with the 12-year-old mare Hanne Umonia.

Guy Williams riding Hanne Umonia, class winners in the Stoner Jewellers Vase
Guy Williams riding Hanne Umonia. Image credit Boots & Hooves Photography

The pair topped a large class with 69 horses and riders, crossing the finishing in 58.88sec, with Nicole Lockhead Anderson and Mecoblue PS second with 59.15sec.

Said Guy,

I’ve had her a couple of weeks and she’s been knocking on the door a little bit,” said Guy, who took over the ride from Germany’s Daniel Lahmann. “She jumped really well, and I’m very pleased with her.”

The action continues at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting today, with competition culminating in the famous Al Shira’aa Derby on Sunday (23rd). Tickets are available at the gate or online. Full results are available on the Hickstead website.

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