British Showjumping Team announced for CSIO5* Hickstead FEI Nations Cup

Monday 17 July 2023

British Showjumping Team announced for CSIO5* Hickstead FEI Nations Cup

Following an invitation to compete in the CSIO5* Nations Cup of Hickstead (GBR), the following team have been selected to represent Great Britain. The competition takes place between the 26 – 30 July 2023 during The Longines Royal International Horse Show at The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead.

  • Harry Charles, from Hampshire, with the 13-year-old bay gelding Casquo Blue, owned by Stall Zet.
  • Tim Gredley, from Suffolk, with the 11-year-old bay gelding Medoc De Toxandria, owned by Unex Competition Yard Ltd.
     
  • Ben Maher MBE, from Hertfordshire, with the 14-year-old bay gelding Exit Remo, jointly owned by Charlotte Rossetter and Pamela Wright.
  • Donald Whitaker, from South Yorkshire, with the 12-year-old bay stallion Di Caprio, owned by Reitsportanlage Dagobertshausen GmbH & CO.KG.
  • John Whitaker MBE, from West Yorkshire, with the 15-year-old bay gelding Equine America Unick de Francport, jointly owned by Clare Whitaker and John Whitaker.

The Nations Cup competition takes place on Friday, 28 July at 14:15 BST, while the Grand Prix will be on Sunday, 30 July at 14:15 BST. The Chef d’Équipe for the team will be Di Lampard.

For further information on the show and full results once the show is underway, visit www.hickstead.co.uk/entries-results-schooling/the-longines-royal-international-horse-show. The competition will be livestreamed on FEI.TV, powered by ClipMyHorse.TV.

Team Great Britain will once again have the chance to compete on home turf as the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Series returns to The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead. The Nations Cup forms the feature class of the Longines Royal International Horse Show, alongside five-star international showjumping and championship showing classes.

It's the only chance to see the British senior team compete on home turf, and Great Britain will be aiming for their first victory on the hallowed turf of Hickstead for 13 years. 

“Hickstead is the penultimate leg of the series and the third chance the British team will have to pick up points to qualify for the Final in Barcelona and secure their spot in European Division One next season,” says Lizzie Bunn, Hickstead Director.

“It’s been quite a wait for a home win at Hickstead, with the last time the Brits winning the Edward, Prince of Wales Trophy being back in 2010. We’ve had some strong performances recently, including a narrow defeat to Ireland in a jump-off in 2018, and last year they finished just four faults behind the leading three teams in what was a very close competition.

"It would be great to see the Brits back on the top of the podium. When the sun shines at Hickstead, and the Brits enjoy a home win – it’s one of the best days for any British showjumping fan.”

British Showjumping members can receive 20% off Members’ Enclosure tickets for Friday 28 July, using the discount code BJUMP23. The offer ends Friday 21 July. Visit the box office here.

The GBR showjumping teams are supported by the British Equestrian Federation’s World Class Programme, funded by UK Sport through the National Lottery. The Programme focuses on identifying talent, developing potential and maximising medal-winning performances on the world stage. The teams are further supported by LeMieux, who supply the teams with their saddlepads and rugs.

 
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