British Jumping Derby
The British Jumping Derby meeting - known as the Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby Meeting - is an annual showjumping event held since 1961 at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in June every year. It is considered one of the premier events in the equestrian calendar.
A highlight of the meeting is the Al Shira'aa Derby, a 1,195-metre course with tricky jumps including the aptly named Devil's Dyke – three fences in short succession with a water-filled ditch in the middle and the difficult Derby Bank, a jump with 3 ft 5in rails on top and a 10 ft 6in slope down the front.
|“||The British Jumping Derby is one of those events a bit like the Grand National where it's not just the runners and riders that make the headlines but the course itself. It's an iconic showjumping contest, the like of which you won't find anywhere else in the world, no other course asks this much of a test of horse and rider and no other course creates this type of drama.||”|
|— Clare Balding, BBC Sport|
The main arena is used for a number of classes throughout the meeting (and at the Royal International Horse Show amongst others), but the main Derby class always follows the same class, consisting of the following fences of 21 jumping efforts:
|1. The Cornishman||4 ft 8 in (1.42 m)||Solid stone wall with a pole|
|2. white oxer||4 ft 3 in (1.30 m)||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|3. a.& b. double water ditches||5 ft (1.5 m) & 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)|
|4. black gate||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)||maximum height fence for the course, upright and falls easily|
|5. wall||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|6. privet hedge oxer||4 ft 11 in (1.50 m)||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
|7. a. & b. road jump||5 ft (1.5 m) and 5 ft 2 in (1.57 m)||table fence with no exit except over jumps|
|8. Derby Bank||10 ft 6 in (3.20 m) drop with 3 ft 5 in (1.04 m) high fence before||iconic obstacle of the course. fence 16ft[clarification needed] from main drop which horses must slide down|
|9. white rails||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)||two strides from bottom of bank|
|10. a., b. & c. Devil's Dyke||4 ft 9 in (1.45 m), 4 ft 9 in (1.45 m), 4 ft 8 in (1.42 m)||closed obstacle, but sloping ground increases apparent fence height to near 6 ft (1.8 m)|
|11. open water||15 ft (4.6 m)|
|12. Derby rails||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|13. open ditch||5 ft 1 in (1.55 m)||6 ft (1.8 m)|
|14. balustrades||5 ft 3 in (1.60 m)|
|15. a. & b. double of gates||4 ft 10 in (1.47 m), 4 ft 10 in (1.47 m)||5 ft 6 in (1.68 m)|
|16. rustic spread||4 ft 10 in (1.47 m)||6 ft 6 in (1.98 m)|
The results of the main British Jumping Derby class at the show are as follows:
Title sponsors in recent years have included furniture retailer DFS, floor and bed furnishing retailer carpetright and online retailer Equestrian.com. The current title sponsors are Al Shira'aa, who have signed a three-year deal as title sponsor of the event, now known as the Al Shira'aa Hickstead Derby meeting.
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