November 06, 2014 signs on as official sponsor for Hickstead

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<p>After running without a title sponsor in 2013 the Hickstead Derby has secured a new partner for 2014 —, with support from H&amp;H as media partner.<p>More than £100,000 was needed to safeguard the Derby’s future — the prize-fund this year is £115,000, up from £111,000.<p>The Derby was sponsored most recently by Carpetright, founded by Lord Harris, joint owner of Scott Brash’s Olympic ride Hello Sanctos.<p>The company pulled out in October 2012, after two years, to enable Lord Harris to concentrate on ownership.<p>Hickstead’s Lizzie Bunn said: “We had a big challenge ahead of us at the end of 2012 when the previous sponsorship ended and there were only a few months to find a new one.<p>“We’re obviously delighted that a major equestrian brand has chosen to support our most famous class.”<p>The iconic showjumping event was first held in 1961 and features famous obstacles, including the Devil’s Dyke and the 10ft drop off the Derby Bank.<p> — an online equestrian clothing and supplies business — also becomes title sponsor of the 5-day show and is launching an online Hickstead Derby community.<p>Members — who join by buying a polo shirt for £50 — will have access to a range of benefits and prizes.<p>“We want as many people as possible to feel a part of the Hickstead Derby, which is such a fantastic and thrilling event,” said Lorraine Meadowcroft of AM<p> ➤ The Hickstead Derby runs on Sunday 29 June. For tickets or to join the Hickstead Derby Community, visit
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