In 1960, Hickstead founder Douglas Bunn welcomed the first competitors and visitors to the All England Jumping Course in West Sussex.
It was the realisation of his dream of creating a venue that could rival those on the continent, and very soon Hickstead became known as the home of British show jumping.
Five decades on and Hickstead is now established as one of the most famous showjumping venues in the world. In the years since the showground first opened its doors, hundreds of the sports brightest stars have been crowned champion in the International Arena, while millions of showjumping fans have packed the grandstands to witness those glories.
In additional to thrilling showjumping action, there are hundreds of showing championships, plus there’s carriage driving, scurry driving, sidesaddle, polo and more. And when you can tear yourself away from the action in the arena, there is a huge shopping village to browse, a new food area promoted by Food Rocks, a myriad of dining options to choose from and some fabulous family entertainment on offer.