Olympic dressage riders head to Hickstead

c Elli BirchBoots and Hooves Photography

Several Olympic gold medallists are among the international entries at this week’s I.C.E Horseboxes All England Dressage Festival at Hickstead (9-14 May).
A host of British dressage stars are in action at the event, as well as international riders from Australia, British Virgin Islands, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Ireland, Italy, New Zealand, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Trinidad & Tobago and USA.
Carl Hester, who won team gold at London 2012, is bringing his exciting new ride Fame for the CDI (dressage international) three-star Grand Prix, which takes place on Saturday. Fame is owned by Carl’s Team GB teammate Fiona Bigwood, and Carl has been campaigning the 13-year-old stallion successfully since January of this year. West Sussex-based Fiona is also competing at Hickstead this week, riding her own stallion Daytona Platinum.  
Laura Tomlinson, who won team gold alongside Carl Hester at the 2012 Olympics, is entered with her 13-year-old mare DSP Rose of Bavaria. Gareth Hughes, who was reserve for the Tokyo Olympics and part of the silver medal-winning team at the 2021 European Championships, is also among the entrants for the CDI3* with Goldstrike L.E. 
Two riders who have enjoyed Grand Prix success at Hickstead in recent years include Anna Ross (Habouche) and Andrew Gould, who has both Genie and Indigro entered in the Grand Prix. Other British riders to look out for include Louise Bell (Into The Blue), Sarah Millis (Impressive VDC), Alice Oppenheimer (Headmore Bella Ruby) and Becky Moody (Jagerbomb).
The show gets underway with three days of international Para-dressage competition, including Paralympic stars Sophie Wells and Georgia Wilson. The international classes run alongside Premier League classes from Advanced Medium level up to Grand Prix, as well as Pony, Junior and Young Rider tests.
Entry is free to spectators throughout the event, with a selection of tradestands and street food stalls in attendance. There are limited spaces left for hospitality in the Laurent Perrier Club, which offers unparalleled views of all the action.
For those who can’t make it to Hickstead, the competition will be livestreamed on Horse & Country TV.
For results: https://online.equipe.com/en/competitions/54845

Press release Hickstead Press Officer | Gareth Hughes competing at the I.C.E. Horseboxes All England Dressage Festival in 2022 (c) Elli Birch/Boots and Hooves Photography

Stay updated on Horse Show Jumping news

Subscribe to the newsletter
avantea logo
Progetto senza titolo1
Tenuta Monticelli logo
Logo stephex
logo VeTeaching
IMG 7016
IMG 7017
Kep Italia
logo Porrini Spa
club ippico euratom ogo