The best showjumpers in the world will be heading to a corner of Sussex next week, to compete in the €200,000 Longines King George V Gold Cup at Hickstead.
The winner will lift the King George V Trophy, a stunning solid gold depiction of the George and the Dragon fable which was commissioned in 1911 by King George V. The trophy is so valuable that it is kept under lock and key in London and has its own security guard!
Last year’s winner was Billy Twomey, so will get to lift this history – and very heavy – trophy this year?
Fellow Irish rider David Simpson won the Queen Elizabeth II Cup last year, which opened up to both women and men in 2008. The year before it was won by Chloe Winchester, who took the title on her debut in the class riding Avoca Valkyrie. Can a woman win back the title this year?
Other big showjumping classes on during the Longines Royal International Horse Show (25-30 June) include the FEI Nations Cup and the British Speed Classic. We will be showing highlights of these classes, plus the King George V Gold Cup on H&C TV.
While Hickstead is best known for showjumping, showing is also a huge part of its events. Thousands of the best show horses and ponies compete there each year, hoping to make it through to the prestigious British Horse Society Supreme Ridden Horse Championship and the De La Hey Family Supreme Pony Championship.