For nearly fifty years Hickstead has been synonymous with world class show jumping. For the last twenty years it has also provided the backdrop for world class dressage which has heaped to drive the success of the sport in Great Britain. The inclusion for the last three years into the World Dressage Masters project has created a Quantum leap in standards, including world record scores from the wonder horse Totilas and stunning performances from riders such as Laura Bechtolheimers and Adelinde Cornelisen. Hickstead, with its picturesque set-up, warm and friendly atmosphere and beautiful surroundings, is eagerly awaiting the arrival of the World Dressage Masters. Infact, some of the riders are already here, and have begun their stay at Hickstead by competing their talented younger horses and stars-to-be, in the Prix St George.
Catherine Haddad-Staller, defending her American colors, says: "Hickstead is a great venue and it is great to be here. Winyamaro feels fantastic right now, and is in a great shape. I am really looking forward to compete him in the WDM Grand Prix on Saturday. We are going to rock Hickstead!"
Marlies van Baalen, one of the strongest performers and talented riders that Holland is bringing, said after her ride in the Prix St George: "It's fantastic to be here. Hickstead is a lovely place, and I can't wait to ride BMC Phoebe in the WDM. She is a very hot horse, and I have prepared her by showing her the area and the showground. I know the audience will love her!"
Anja Plönzke, winner of last year's Nürnberger ranking, is a frequent WDM rider. She has, together with her horse Le Mont d'Or, started in all the WDM events this year, and she was also starting in last years WDM Hickstead.
"I love to be here, and I wouldn't want to miss one WDM show. Le Mont d'Or got a well deserved rest after WDM in Falsterbo, and now, rested and fresh, he feels better than ever!"
Schedule WDM CDI5*
- Friday - 29 July Horse inspection CDI5*
- Saturday - 30 July WDM Nürnberger Grand Prix
- Sunday - 31 July WDM Moorland Grand Prix Special, WDM Exquis Grand Prix Freestyle