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Sweden's Fredericson Brothers Launch Hickstead Assault

Sweden's Fredericson brothers are out to make their mark on this year's British Jumping Derby Meeting at the All England Jumping Course, Hickstead (August 22-25). Jens will be defending last year's Hasseroeder Speed Derby win and younger brother, Peder, runner up in the Mitsubishi Eventing Grand Prix at the Golden Jubilee Royal International Horse Show, will be a serious challenge to 2001 British Jumping Derby winner, Peter Charles.

A win by Fredericson junior will not only give him the £20,000 purse and put Sweden in the Hickstead Derby record book for the first time, but it would give him also the £50,000 H&M bonus, for which he has qualified with a third place in last month's Falsterbo Derby.

This year's British Jumping Derby (August 25) will be hard fought. As well as the Charles and Fredericson assault, three Whitakers - John, Michael and Robert - are already well fancied, but ranked alongside them is last year's runner up, Nicky Boulter, Norman Dello Joio, Robert Smith and Tim Stockdale, who is making his last home appearance before heading for the World Equestrian Games.

Friday's Osborne Refrigerators Derby Trial will give show jumping fans their ideal chance to assess their favourites for Sunday's competition. They will also be able to see possible future lady winners and potential Derby horses in the Horseware Ireland Ring (ring two) in Sunday's Fordyce Curry British Ladies Jumping Derby

Hickstead has introduced this competition in an effort to end the 29 year drought of British Jumping Derby lady winners - the last was Alison Dawes in 1973 - and to identify horses with Derby potential.

On a lighter note, previous British Jumping Derby winners are being invited to take part in Sunday's Osborne Refrigerators Celebrity Scurry, which could make their showjumping experience look tame!

Another highlight for Sunday will be Hickstead's rousing send off for British teams competing at the World Equestrian Games in September. Riders and drivers selected for Driving Trials, Eventing, Showjumping, Dressage, Endurance, Vaulting and Reining will parade in front of the crowds around the International Arena at 2.25pm.


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