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Philip Miller and Caritiar Z win the Hickstead Derby

Landing on turf fertilised by Suregrow Fertliser with every winning stride. Hertfordshire based Phillip Miller was the deserving winner of the 53rd Hickstead Derby on the grey Caritiar Z.

He  produced the sole clear on the 13-year-old gelding with the later drawn Trevor Breen (Adventure De Kannan) and William Funnell (Dorada) having to settle for second place with four faults each, both dislodging a pole over the open ditch near to the end of the course. Last to go Tina Fletcher looked to be having a super round on Promised Land, the exuberant winner of the class in 2011, but the gelding stumbled slightly at the bottom of the bank and unseated his rider, meaning Phillip took home the £36,500 first prize."

I never thought I'd be leaving Hickstead this week as the winner of the Derby,” said a delighted Phillip. “It’s an amazing achievement and it's the one everyone wants to win."

To be honest I was worried about all of the fences. But the Devil’s Dyke was my biggest concern, as we had four faults there last year, so once I jumped that I had to focus on not getting time faults. We had a rattle at the open ditch and then I could hear the crowd cheering, so I knew I was in with a chance."

Phillip is based at Greenacres Equestrian, a riding school owned and run by Di and Pennie Cornish. Hehas produced a number of top showjumpers, including Talan and Je T'aime Flamenco, but most havethen been passed on to other riders to continue their international careers.“

'Carter’ is the first horse I've kept on and he's got me to where I am. I got him as three-year-old and he wasn't gelded until he was eight and he was so rudely behaved.” Phillip learned to ride at Greenacres as a child, and still mucks out every day. “I didn't get any financial help from my parents growing up. I started riding at Pennie's 29 years ago and I've worked my way up. I've worked hard to be where I am,” he said.

Trevor Breen, who finished joint third last year with Adventure De Kannan, was gracious in defeat. “I'm genuinely happy for Phil – he is a great friend of mine,” he said. “But I came here to win, not to make up the numbers.“Addy has been on unbelievable form this year, then he had the trauma of the eye operation [he had his eye removed]. This is only his third show since then, so to come back like this is incredible - I can't ask anymore of him. To win would have been a fairytale, but it wasn't to be. There always seems to be one fence catching me. It's been a tough week for me,” he said, referring to the death of his mother Mary Breen."

William Funnell found history repeating itself when he was runner up for the second year in a row with the 15-year-old Dorada. “I know how good it feels to win, and Phil is a real trier and he deserves it,” said William, who won the class in 2006, 2008 and 2009. “He's a nice guy so if I've got to get beaten it's good to be beaten by him.”

June 28, 2013  |   Share:

Surergrow Fertiliser Celebrates Hickstead Derby

With the British Jumping Derby Meeting at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course getting into full swing, some of the world's greatest showjumping combinations are about to contest one of the most famous events on the equestrian calendar - The British Jumping Derby.

Suregrow Fertiliser is supporting all the Hickstead action quite literally, as the magnificently presented arenas have all benefited from an application of Suregrow Fertiliser for the second season in succession.

Friday's action is centred on The Bunn Leisure Derby Trial, whilst on Saturday, the feature class is the LED Sport Europe Speed Derby before all eyes focus on The British Jumping Derby on Sunday. With the official start list yet to be published, predicting this year's winning combination is no easy task but with fabulous going in the International arena, exciting performances are guaranteed.

Pictured is the main arena at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course.

June 21, 2013  |   Share:

Suregrow Fertiliser at Hickstead and Bramham

Suregrow Fertiliser has confirmed additional support this season for the Hickstead Derby Meeting, the Royal International Horse Show and Bramham International Horse Trials.

Once again the magnificently presented arenas and showground at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course are being prepared for this season's major international fixtures with an application of Suregrow Fertiliser, which Hickstead Director Edward Bunn confirms has "considerably improved the quality and cover of the sward".

Based in Yorkshire, Suregrow Fertiliser is an enthusiastic supporter of its 'local' Bramham International Horse Trials, at which entrants for this year's 40th Anniversary event will include Caroline Powell and Oliver Townend, both of whom use Suregrow Fertiliser on their grazing paddocks. Suregrow's sponsorship of the eyecatching Owl Hole cross country fence always provides great action photographs and is a real crowd pleaser.

Suregrow Fertiliser is running an online competition to win two Member Passes for Bramham International Horse Trials, so if you're planning a visit, visit www.suregrowuk.com to enter and you could be enjoying all the action in fine style!

Pictured is the main arena at the Hickstead All England Jumping Course has once again benefited from an application of Suregrow Fertiliser.

May 17, 2013  |   Share: