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Alberta, Canada, To Support Popular Hickstead Class

One of Hickstead's popular showjumping classes at the British Jumping Derby Meeting is to be sponsored by Alberta, Canada, and travel partners

The Alberta Canada Salver, to be held in the International Arena on August 14, first day of the meeting, will be sponsored by Travel Alberta and its partners - Canadian Tourism Commission, Rocky Mountaineer Railtours and The Independent Traveller/Ranch Rider.

It has been a popular class for some years, carrying £3,000 in prize money. Many leading riders use it to give experience to younger horses, or to introduce horses to the famous International Arena, which they say has an atmosphere "all its own."

Hickstead owner Douglas Bunn said: "Hickstead is a truly international venue, and Travel Alberta and its co-sponsors are a very welcome addition to our many supporters. The Alberta Canada Salver is an important competition on the Derby Meeting programme."

Travel Alberta UK Sales and Marketing Manager Amanda Newby de Saulles added: "Travel Alberta is delighted to sponsor this prestigious event at Hickstead,
especially as showjumping is so important to our own Province. Alberta is home to the international venue Spruce Meadows. This is the first time Alberta has sponsored such a major event and we are excited to be introducing our Province to the showjumping and horse-loving fraternity."

The sponsorship could also benefit many of the 45,000-plus spectators expected at the meeting, which runs from August 14 to 17. A special offer exclusive to Hickstead will mean a £50 reduction on any 2003 or 2004 Alberta holiday bought through Independent Traveller and Ranch Rider..


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