Tales from Hickstead: ‘I chased Allister Hood up the hill at the gallop’

Natalie Chapples' maxi cob Aughoo Lad gallops up the Hickstead hill at the Royal International for the last time
Natalie Chapples’ maxi cob Aughoo Lad gallops up the Hickstead hill at the Royal International for the last time

THE maxi cob championship at this year’s Royal International Horse Show will be a class that amateur rider Natalie Chapples will never forget. Riding her faithful maxi cob Aughoo Lad who was making his third and final RIHS appearance in the BSPA Native/Cob/Traditional Ridden Horse class, Natalie was pulled into the line up next to […]

Tales from Hickstead: Chloe Chubb wins her first Royal International M&M title with son of her stallion

Palomino stallion Thistledown Rockin Robin gives Chloe Chubb her first Royal International M&M title ten years after she competed his sire Popsters Loaded Weapon there
Palomino stallion Thistledown Rockin Robin gives Chloe Chubb her first Royal International M&M title ten years after she competed his sire Popsters Loaded Weapon there

CHLOE CHUBB scored her first Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) M&M win when topping the BSPS Heritage M&M open ridden with Welsh sec C stallion Thistledown Rockin Robin. It was an emotional win for Chloe as, 10 years previously, she competed ‘Custard’s’ sire Popsters Loaded Weapon, know at home as Jacob, at the show. “Jacob […]

Tales from Hickstead: Former coloured pony champion returns to the Royal International as an in-hand veteran

Lauren Moore Williams' former ridden coloured champion returns to the Royal International after four years
After being brought out of retirement, Lauren Moore-Williams’ coloured pony Longdon Blackjack now heads to Royal International to contest veteran in-hand final

LAUREN MOORE WILLIAMS’ coloured gelding Longdon Blackjack is making a return to the Royal International Horse Show for the first time since he won the coloured class there in 2017, but this time as an in-hand pony in the Senior Showing and Dressage Ltd (SSADL) classes. The 15-year-old was last at Hickstead in 2017 when […]

Tales from Hickstead: Rider overcomes fractured spine to qualify for the Royal International

Issy Hind overcomes a fractured spine to qualify her Connemara Sydserff Gismo for two classes at the Royal International
Issy Hind overcame a fractured spine to qualify her Connemara Sydserff Gismo for two classes at the Royal International.

ISSY HIND, 18, recovered from a fractured spine to gain two tickets to her first Royal International Horse Show with her home-produced 14-year-old Connemara gelding Sydserff Gismo. Issy’s pony spooked causing her to fall off and land awkwardly. The accident caused a compression fracture to her spine and she couldn’t ride for five months. “It […]

Tales from Hickstead: Flying the flag for the part-bred Dartmoor pony

Kirsty Cohane qualifies show hunter pony Newoak Onyx for the Royal International on their first attempt
Kirsty Cohane qualifies show hunter pony Newoak Onyxfor the Royal International on their first attempt

IN their first affiliated season, and on their first attempt, Casey Cohane (11) and her show hunter pony Newoak Onyx qualified for the Royal International Horse Show. “He’s home-produced and we started showing him in 2018 at local level – this year was our first affiliated year,” said Casey’s mother Kirsty. “Casey had only done […]

Tales from Hickstead: Rider overcomes debilitating anxiety to qualify for the Royal International

Cally Humphreys overcomes her anxiety to qualify coloured gelding Fouche’s Wizard of Oz for the Royal International
Cally Humphreys overcomes her anxiety to qualify coloured gelding Fouche’s Wizard of Oz for the Royal International

DESPITE suffering from crippling anxiety, Cally Humphrey’s held her nerve to qualify her coloured pony Fouche’s Wizard of Oz for the BSPA Small traditional/native pony class at the Royal International Horse Show in their first affiliated season. “I suffer with health anxiety, and during the pandemic, I spent the majority of the time isolating, and […]

Tales from Hickstead: Veteran driving pony turns his hoof to in-hand showing at the Royal International

Danielle Twitchen's veteran driving pony turns his hoof to in-hand showing
Danielle Twitchen’s 31-year-old driving pony Bronheulog Principle turns his hoof to in-hand showing.

DANIELLE TWITCHEN’s former driving pony Welsh section C Bronheulog Principle, is enjoying a change of sport and has qualified for his first ever Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) at the ripe age of 31. The gelding made the swap to in-hand showing at the end of 2019 and qualified for the RIHS on his first […]

Tales from Hickstead: when your Royal International journey includes a ferry and 767-mile drive…

Jorgi Craigie qualified for the Royal International on her first attempt with Rhencullen Rockette
Jorgi Craigie qualified for the Royal International on her first attempt with Rhencullen Rockette.

TEN-year-old Jorgi Craigie and eight-year-old Welsh sec A mare Rhencullen Rockette qualified for their first Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) on their first attempt at the NPS show at Strathallan Castle in June. They will be competing in the 122cm M&M WHP class at Hickstead. “It was their first ever RIHS qualifier, and Jorgi was […]

Tales from Hickstead: Online dressage and university lectures pay off for Royal International-bound rider

Robyn Butler qualified two horses for the Royal International, including Irish Draught Carrabawn Francis who heads to the amateur midddleweight hunters
Robyn Butler qualified two horses for the Royal International, including Irish Draught Carrabawn Francis who heads to the amateur midddleweight hunters

ROYAL Agricultural University (RAU) student Robyn Butler made the most of lockdown to train and qualify two horses for her first ever Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) once restrictions were lifted and shows started up again. With her lectures taking place online, it meant she had more time to work her horses and the extra […]