Go Fit Yourself for Sport Relief in the South East
Bust the post-Christmas blues and get fit for fun in 2016
Sport Relief is calling on the people of the South East to step away from the stuffing, reject those spare sprouts and start the New Year as they mean to go on by signing up for the Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Games, taking place on Friday 18th to Sunday 20th March 2016.
Zara Phillips and Toytown, who were crowned European eventing champions at Blenheim Palace in 2005, are returning to the scene of their great victory this autumn (2015)
Toytown, who carried Zara to triumph in the World Equestrian Games the year following their European Championship win, is heading the Parade of Champions at Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials – part of the Oxfordshire event’s 25th anniversary celebrations.
This year’s (2015) Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) will be sweetened by the appearance of 6 divas with their larger than life performance. The HoneyBuns, from Britain’s Got Talent (BGT) fame, will be performing in the Andrews Bowen International Arena on Sunday evening as part of the finale.
The HoneyBuns will be performing 4 songs to entertain the audience and help draw HOYS 2015 to a spectacular close. The girls’ positive attitude and bubbly personalities shine through as viewers witnessed on BGT earlier this year.
Goodwood Racecourse to Host 1950’s Themed Bank Holiday Weekend
Racegoers are invited to get into the ‘50s swing as Goodwood Racecourse opens the gates for its popular August Bank Holiday fixture over the weekend of Friday 28th to Sunday 30th August 2015. Exciting racing on the South Downs provides a focal point to the entertainment whilst guests soak up a 1950s-themed family atmosphere around the venue.
World number one showjumper Scott Brash heads a phenomenal line-up of riders heading to Hickstead for the Longines Royal International Horse Show (28 July to 2 August 2015).
Olympic and European gold medal winner Scott is entered with two of his rising star horses, Hello Forever and Hello M’Lady. The 30-year-old Brit has recently moved from his native Peeblesshire to a new base near the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, and his appearance at the show will give showjumping fans a rare opportunity to see this jet-setting superstar compete on home turf.
July and August sees three of the world’s most celebrated equestrian sporting events take place in West Sussex. The British Open Polo Championship for the Jaeger-LeCoultre Gold Cup, the Qatar Goodwood Festival (‘Glorious Goodwood’), and the Longines Royal International Horse Show is at Hickstead .
To celebrate this Kevis House Gallery in Petworth is holding an exhibition of contemporary equestrian art between 6th July and 28th August. The exhibition will feature a range of works by some of the leading artists in the field.
They’re good friends out of the show ring but make no mistake about it, Trevor Breen and Phillip Miller will be going all out to beat the other in this year’s Equestrian.com Derby at Hickstead (Sunday 28 June 2015).
In 2013, Phillip scored his first win in Hickstead’s most famous class, claiming the only clear round on the grey gelding Caritiar Z. Trevor had to settle for runner-up spot that year, later describing it as ‘the worst second place he’d ever had’.
Six new horse sculptures by Hamish Mackie to be unveiled in London
Photography credit: Copyright Steve Russell Studios, images courtesy of Hamish Mackie.
The renowned British animal sculptor, Hamish Mackie, will unveil six life size and a quarter, bronze horses at a new residential development in Aldgate East, London on 25th June 2015. Commissioned by Berkeley Homes, the six bronze horses, will be placed in a beautifully landscaped garden designed by Murdoch Wickham.
World Breeds classes to be held at Cheshire County Show
Horse and pony enthusiasts are being given a unique opportunity to take part in World Breeds In-Hand and Ridden classes at this year’s Cheshire County Show.
The classes, sponsored by Brightwells Equine Horse and Pony Auctioneers in Leominster, will take place on the first day of the Show, Tuesday 23rd June, and will only be open to World Breeds – Pure Raza Espanola, Appaloosa, Haflinger, Friesian, Fjord, Icelandic, Morgan, Lusitano and Lipizzaner. Read more
If you’re looking for a confidence boost ahead of the 2015 competition season, then head to the brand new event, Total Confidence Live, taking place 25-26 April 2015 at the South of England Show Ground, West Sussex.