Equine Event Draws Stars And Crowds.
weather conditions failed to deter fans of international horse
trainer Monty Roberts and others looking for bargains from visiting
the Hickstead Equine Event at the All England Jumping Course last
weekend (January 10-12).
bargains offered by more than 80 exhibitors and a star-studded
daily fun forum also helped, and attendance for the second year
of this attraction, held in a giant luxury and heated marquee,
was easily equal to last year's record-setting opening.
had made important changes to things like parking and refreshment
facilities this year and everyone seemed very happy," said
organiser David Crockford. "In all, about 6,000 visitors
came through the doors, which is equal to the unexpectedly large
crowd we had last year."
Roberts signed copies of his new book "From My Hands to Yours"
and entertained fans with accounts of how he worked, while eventing
European Champion Pippa Funnell, showjumper Tim Stockdale and
dressage trainer Dane Rawlins entertained in Hickstead versions
of popular television shows.
Hickstead Equine Event is definitely here to stay," said
David Crockford. "We are already looking at new ideas for
2004 and taking bookings from exhibitors."