Medallist Holly Smith to make Hickstead return

Holly Smith and Hearts Destiny competing at Hickstead in 2018. Image © Sian Hayden

Holly Smith is set to compete at the final show of the Hickstead season – the Science Supplements All England Jumping Championships from 29 August to 1 September.

Currently representing Great Britain at the FEI European Jumping Championships in Rotterdam – where Great Britain clinched a team bronze medal as well as securing qualification for Tokyo 2020 – Holly has had excellent form at Hickstead in recent years.

Other Hickstead stars to compete at the four-day national championships include Hickstead Derby winners Trevor Breen, Phillip Miller and Guy Williams, along with four-time Al Shira’aa Derby runner up Harriet Nuttall. Young talents to look out for include Yazmin Pinchen, Georgia Tame, Chuffy Clarke, Alfie Bradstock, Joe Stockdale and Oliver Tuff. Two members of the famous Whitaker family are due to compete, Louise and Joanne.

Five-star riders Pippa Funnell, Sharon Hunt, Gemma Tattersall and Francis Whittington are also set to compete at the event.

“Entries have been flooding in for our season finale, and we’re set for an exciting few days of competition to round off what’s been a fantastic summer of sport,” said Hickstead Director Lizzie Bunn.

First held in 2011, the All England Jumping Championships has continued to grow. This year, unaffiliated Arena Eventing has been added to the schedule for the first time, with classes starting at 80cm. There are showjumping classes from British Novice level (90cm) up to the 1.40m Science Supplements All England Grand Prix, plus Young Horse classes for Four-, Five- and Six- & Seven-Year-Olds.