Hickstead: Eventing GP cancelled for this year
There are set to be a few changes to the next edition of the renowned Hickstead CSI scheduled from the 29th of July through to the 3rd of August. Much to the disappointment of the fans, the Eventing GP this year will be cancelled.
The cancelling of the event is down to the private broadcaster Sky who own the TV rights. Currently, Sky will be showing races from the Longines Royal International Horse Show, starting from Friday, including the Nations Cup and the Longines King George V Gold Cup. On the other hand, no TV coverage will be given to the eventing discipline and as a result the Eventing GP has been cancelled.
The Eventing GP was formed in 1998 by Douglas Bunn, Paul Schockemoehle and Robert Lemieux. The GP involves a head to head battle between show-jumpers and eventers in what is a unique competition. The first edition was won by Pippa Funnell with The Tourmaline Rose while the first show-jumper to win the GP was Michael Whitaker on Sir Dino in 2003. Following on from Whitaker, Shane Breen (2006, 2010) and Trevor Breen (2012) have gone on to become the other show-jumpers to win it. Last year however the winner was the eventer Zoe Adams with Satonamillion.