Shane Breen finally joins roll of honour in historic 60th Al Shira’aa Derby

Winner. Shane Been (IRL) riding Can Ya Makan in The Al Shira’aa Derby at The Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting June 26th 2022 ~ MANDATORY Credit Elli Birch/Bootsandhooves - NO UNAUTHORISED USE - 07745 909676

Shane Breen finally joins roll of honour in historic 60th Al Shira’aa Derby Ireland’s Shane Breen finally landed the Al Shira’aa Derby at Hickstead, after nearly two decades of trying. Shane first came close to winning the Hickstead showcase back in 2005, when tying for third place with his future wife Chloe Bunn, the daughter of the All England Jumping…

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Biddick and Funnell share the spoils in Hickstead Derby Trial

Biddick and Funnell share the spoils in Hickstead Derby Trial Two of the leading Al Shira’aa Derby contenders shared victory in today’s qualifying class, the Hickstead Derby Trial. Thirty-three horses came forward for the class, with clear rounds proving very hard to come by. It was until  William Funnell came in on Billy Diamo, drawn 20th to go, that the…

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Who will win the 60th Hickstead Derby?

Can anyone stop William Funnell setting a new record by winning the Al Shira'aa Derby five times? (c) Nigel Goddard

Who will win the 60th Hickstead Derby? Three leading contenders will be hoping to claim their first victory in the 60th Al Shira’aa Derby at Hickstead on Sunday 26 June, having come very close a number of times. Irish star Shane Breen, who is based at Hickstead, finished in third place in 2019. He has been second and third on a…

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Top 5 Equestrian Events for 2019

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Top 5 Equestrian Events for 2019 With another fabulous year of equestrian sporting action ahead of us, it is difficult to decide on which events to book into our diary. Here, we’ve compiled our Top 5 equestrian events for 2019 to help make the decision a little easier… all of which of course, we think are ‘not to be missed’. Badminton……...

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William Funnell hoping for record fourth Hickstead Derby title

William Funnell and Billy Buckingham finished sixth in the 2017 Al Shira'aa Derby at Hickstead (c) Craig Payne

William Funnell hoping for record fourth Hickstead Derby title International showjumper William Funnell is hoping to achieve a fourth win at this month’s Al Shira’aa Derby at Hickstead. The Surrey-based rider has a very good chance of adding to his tally of wins with the talented Billy Buckingham, who finished sixth in the class last year. The pair left all…

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Nigel Coupe secures first Al Shira’aa Derby victory

Nigel Coupe and Golvers Hill (c) Julian Portch

Nigel Coupe secures first Al Shira’aa Derby victory Britain’s Nigel Coupe rode Golvers Hill to victory in the Al Shira’aa Derby today at Hickstead, following a two-way jump-off with Harriet Nuttall. Nigel, 46, first rode in this class in 1990 and has been knocking on the Derby door for a number of years, finishing second in 2015 and fifth in…

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Matthew Sampson denies former winners in British Speed Derby

Matthew Sampson and Topflight True Carlo (c) Nigel Goddard

Matthew Sampson denies former winners in British Speed Derby Yorkshire rider Matthew Sampson had his name added to the roll of honour in the British Speed Derby today at Hickstead. The 26-year-old was drawn 11th out of 30 riders in today’s feature class, but he set a blisteringly quick time of 92.73sec on Topflight True Carlo to put pressure on his…

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Leading ladies line up for the Al Shira’aa Derby

Could Harriet Nuttall and A Touch Imperious win this year's Al Shira'aa Derby at Hickstead? (c) Craig Payne

Leading ladies line up for the Al Shira’aa Derby Harriet Nuttall is among the leading contenders in the bid to become only the sixth woman to win this year’s Al Shira’aa Derby at Hickstead. Harriet, 27, has produced two four-fault rounds to finish joint-second in the Derby in both 2015 and 2016, making her one of the strongest competitors for…

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William Whitaker wins the HIckstead Derby

William Whitaker wins the Equestrian.com Derby at Hickstead. Image (c) Craig Payne Photography

William Whitaker wins the Hickstead Equestrian.com Derby William Whitaker was the only rider who left all the fences standing to win today’s Derby at Hickstead. Riding the aptly-named Glenavadra Brilliant, William Whitaker rode an assured clear to finish just over the optimum time allowed of 180sec to collect one time fault. Having finished third with this horse in 2014 and second in…

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