Attendance up at iconic show as British rider takes the spoils.

Visitors to Hickstead’s Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting were up by 15% on last year.

With 48,300 visiting the show across four days (20 – 23 June), its three grandstands were packed and hospitality places sold out over the weekend. 

British rider William Funnell was a popular Hickstead Derby winner, with the show’s traders also reporting a successful show.

The Hickstead crowd’s enthusiasm appeared to be reflected around its retail areas where 105 stands were trading.

“General feedback was that they had a fantastic show,” said Rebecca Swann, head of operations. 

“A few said it was even better than Badminton, which has never been said before.”

The show’s highlight, the Derby - held every year since 1961 – produced a popular winner with William Funnell scoring a record fifth victory, this time with Dublon. 

The action returns to Hickstead later this month (23 – 28 July) for the Royal International Horse Show.