Hickstead

The Hickstead All England Jumping Course is located in the heart of Sussex, directly between Gatwick Airport and Brighton, and is one of the UK`s premier sporting venues. Our Summer Season runs from June til August and comprises the British Jumping Derby Meeting, the Longines Royal International Horse Show and the The Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Championships, with Dressage at Hickstead running independently throughout the summer. 

The All England Polo Club runs throughout the winter, and we hold regular high and medium goal tournaments from November through til March, as well as weekly club chukkas and matches. 

In addition to our equestrian events, we also hold weddings, conferences, parties and bespoke corporate events throughout the year. 

History Of Hickstead

The All England Jumping Course, Hickstead, was the dream and brain child of just one man... Douglas Bunn. In 1960, as a showjumper himself, Douglas understood the pressing need for facilities in Britain that could match those found abroad in Europe and the United States. Thus Douglas, the Master of Hickstead as he is now fondly known, purchased Hickstead Place and the surrounding land, intending `to put on the best show jumping possible at a venue superior to anything found elsewhere in the world.` 

Few would argue that Douglas has not achieved what he set out to do all those years ago and in 2005, The All England Jumping Course celebrated its 45th anniversary as the home of international show jumping in Great Britain. Over the years, a small rural field in the heart of West Sussex has been transformed into one of the world`s leading arenas, recently described by American showjumping Chef D`Equipe George Morris as a "magic carpet".
Over the winter of 2006, the quality of the famous arena has been improved even further by the installation of a new £50,000 drainage system. 

Almost every great show jumper, horse and rider, since 1960 has competed at Hickstead, and we have hosted: 
  • The Junior European Championships 1961
  • The Ladies European Championships 1963
  • The Ladies World Championships 1965
  • The Men`s European Championships 1969
  • The Junior European Championships 1971
  • The Men`s European Championships 1973
  • The World Championships 1974
  • The European Championships 1983
  • The European Championships 1999
In 1971, Hickstead became the host of the Official Showjumping Event of Great Britain, the British Nations Cup and Grand Prix Meeting, now incorporated into the Longines Royal International Show. Since 2003, Hickstead has hosted the Samsung Super League with FEI Competition (Great Britain), which sees the top eight countries in the world compete for the greatest inter-nation showjumping prize.

Over the years the Showground has expanded. Today there are six arenas, permanent seating for over 5,000 spectators, 26 corporate hospitality suites and conferencing and ball facilities for up to 250. In 1996, dressage facilities were also introduced and as further proof of Hickstead`s unfaltering pursuit of excellence, the European Dressage Championships were awarded only 8 years later. Now it is the turn of polo to receive the Hickstead treatment, and in 2006 we opened the All England Polo Club. 

The club already has over 65 members in its inaugural year, and this year our home team reached the semi finals of the National Arena Polo 12 Goal Championships. As we approach our 50th anniversary we are delighted to offer top class equestrian sport over 3 disciplines, and look forward to at least another 50 years of continuing to bring our members the very best!

Hickstead Functions and Hospitality

Our famous venue in the heart of Sussex has now opened its door to a wide variety of functions. From celebrity weddings, to conferences and Christmas parties, our extensive facilities provide an excellent location for any occasion, and with our easy-to-get-to location we provide a refreshing alternative to yet another hotel function!

Horse Shows at Hickstead

Hickstead is world famous for showjumping, and the British Jumping Derby Meeting remains one of the highlights of the British Equestrian Calendar as it approaches its 50th year! Over 15,000 spectators flock to our Sussex Showground every year on Derby Day itself, to watch first hand the human and equine stars of the showjumping world battle the formidable course, including of course the famous Derby Bank.

There is more to Hickstead though than just the Derby, with the Longines Royal International Horse Show, the The Hurstpierpoint College National Schools and Pony Club Championships and Dressage at Hickstead to tempt our visitors...the only difficulty is choosing on which day to come!

One thing that can be guaranteed is that you will find something at Hickstead for every horse lover, whether its jumping, showing, dressage, eventing, driving or polo that particularly enthralls you...and for those members of the family who are slightly less `equinely-inclined` don`t panic....there are literally hundreds of shops for the girls to get lost in...and countless bars, restaurants and amusements for the boys to wait for the girls in!