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 […]

Tales from Hickstead: Five-year-old follows in mother’s footsteps at Royal International

Arty Cayzer has qualified his two ponies for the Royal International Horse Show, following in his mother Anna's footsteps
Arty Cayzer has qualified his two ponies for the Royal International Horse Show.

FIVE-year-old Arthur ‘Arty’ Cayzer is following in his mother Anna Cayzer’s footsteps by heading to the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS), 22 years after Anna last competed at the show. Arty has qualified for the lead rein show hunter pony on veteran skewbald hunting pony Firle Running Wolf, and the open M&M lead rein final […]

Tales from Hickstead: Closed borders are no barrier for Royal International working hunter pony

Plaited worker Landslow Melody Maker and Lola Bass head to Royal International despite border closures during covid
Plaited working hunter pony Landslow Melody Maker and Lola Bass head to the Royal International despite being unable to leave the Isle of Mann during the peak of the pandemic.

LIVING on the Isle of Man proved challenging during covid when borders were closed and 13-year-old Lola Bass couldn’t get across to the UK to train or qualify her nine-year-old plaited working hunter pony Landslow Melody Maker for the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS). “When shows started back up in the UK, we were unable […]

Tales from Hickstead: Veteran Fell stallion overcomes life-threatening injury to head to Royal International

Fell pony Waverhead Dazzler II makes a winning return from injury to claim his Royal International qualifier under owner Georgie Lewis-Roberts
Fell stallion Waverhead Dazzler II makes a winning return from injury to claim his Royal International qualifier under owner Georgie Lewis-Roberts.

WHEN Fell pony Waverhead Dazzler II injured a ligament in 2018, vets warned he might never come sound, and his owner Georgie Lewis-Roberts was advised to put him down. Instead she made the decision to give him every opportunity to heal, and the pair are now back in the ring and looking forward to competing […]

Family welcomes back lead rein pony who heads to Royal International in first ridden

Bluebell Beechey and Crumpwell Finella now head to RIHS for the Pretty Polly heritage first ridden
Bluebell Beechey and Crumpwell Finella are off to RIHS for the Pretty Polly heritage first ridden class.

WHEN Chloe Hylton’s 10-year-old daughter Bluebell Beechey decided she was going to qualify for the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS), nothing was going to get in her way. Her Welsh pony Crumpwell Finella now heads to Hickstead for the Pretty Polly heritage first ridden class. “I originally bought Ella seven years ago when my girls […]

Tales from Hickstead: Intermediate show hunter type overcomes EMS to attend third Royal International Horse Show

Sophie-Anne Cartmell's show hunter type Stanley Grange overcomes EMS and laminitis to qualify for the Royal International
Sophie-Anne Cartmell’s intermediate show hunter type Stanley Grange Regal Consort has overcome EMS and laminitis to qualify for the Royal International Horse Show.

SOPHIE-ANNE CARTMELL thought her showing dreams were over when her beloved intermediate small show hunter type Stanley Grange Regal Consort developed equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) and laminitis. The home-produced nine-year-old part-bred Arab, know at home as Quest, qualified for the Royal International Horse Show’s (RIHS) Pretty Polly Intermediate SRT/SHT championship at BSPS Area 4B in […]

Tales from Hickstead: Working hunter pony rider enjoys success at Royal International with new ride

Bea Bailye-Hawkins has overcome bullying to qualify coloured working hunter pony Precious Gem for the Royal International Horse Show
Bea Bailye-Hawkins has overcome bullying to qualify Precious Gem for the Royal International Horse Show.

A young rider cemented her partnership with two new coloured working hunter ponies to qualify both for the 133cm working hunter pony and nursery stakes classes at the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS) before going on to win the open 133cm working hunter pony class. Having only been partnered with both ponies since Christmas, 11-year-old […]

Tales from Hickstead: 15-year-old Exmoor to make Royal International debut

15-year-old Exmoor Earl Harold makes his first ever trip to the Royal International Horse Show under Jessica Rayner
Exmoor Earl Harold will make his first ever trip to the Royal International Horse Show under Jessica Rayner at the age of 15.

Jessica Rayner’s Exmoor pony Earl Harold has qualified for the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS)for first time aged 15. He will contest the Exmoor/Dartmoor/Shetland ridden class. Jessica first met Harold 10 years ago when he arrived at the riding school she was at. He had spent the first four years of his life on Exmoor […]

Tales from Hickstead: Dartmoor pony makes owner’s Royal International dreams come true

After seven years of trying, Gemma and Delilah Beck's Dartmoor Kingshaugh Eclipse heads to the Royal International Horse Show
After seven years of trying to qualify, Gemma and Delilah Beck’s dreams come true as Dartmoor Kingshaugh Eclipse heads to the Royal International Horse Show.

AFTER seven years of attempting to qualify for the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS), Gemma Beck and her 13-year-old daughter Delilah are now en route with their Dartmoor pony Kingshaugh Eclipse, aka Elsie. “We are delighted to be heading to the final with Delilah’s best friend Elsie after Vicky Casey qualified her at the BSPS […]