Shane Breen and Scarteen Conquer Hickstead Once Again

Shane Breen Hickstead September 2023

Shane Breen adds another Hickstead title to his list by claiming the top spot in Sunday’s ClipMyHorse.TV Sussex Cup, riding the 10-year-old grey homebred Scarteen II. The £6,000 1.40m Grand Prix class formed the feature class of week one of the All England September Tour, and plenty of showjumping’s leading national talents came forward for the final. Fourteen of the 35 qualified combinations produced a first round clear, to guarantee an ultra-competitive jump-off. But with the benefit of being drawn last to go, having qualified three horses for the final, Shane…

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David Simpson denies William Funnell a record fifth Derby

David Simpson won the Al Shira'aa Derby today at Hickstead (c) Elli Birch / Boots and Hooves

Ireland’s David Simpson won the Al Shira’aa Derby for the first time on Sunday 25th June, at Hickstead, denying the four-time winner William Funnell the chance to set a new record. William produced the first clear round of the competition, riding the 13-year-old, Equine America Billy Diamo. His chances of claiming that historic fifth win were then given an even bigger boost when he managed to jump a second clear with new ride Dublon. But 34-year-old David Simpson, drawn 25th to go out of the 27 starters, delivered a third clear…

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Shane Breen heading for back-to-back win at Hickstead

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

Reigning Al Shira’aa Derby champion Shane Breen has his sights set on winning Hickstead’s most iconic class for the second year in a row.  The 49-year-old Irish rider, who is based at Hickstead Place, finally claimed the Derby title in 2022 after 17 years of trying. It was the 60th running of the class, and Shane won the historic renewal in definitive style – jumping the only clear round of the competition with Can Ya Makan. Not only that, but Shane also finished as one of four runners-up with his second…

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