Britain’s famous Hickstead Derby showjumping competition is seeking a new title sponsor.
The British Jumping Derby, which was first run in 1961 at Hickstead, West Sussex, has been sponsored by some major brands over the past 52 years, and for the last two years has been run under the banner of the Carpetright Derby.
The chairman of Carpetright Plc is Lord Harris, who is a major supporter of showjumping and owner of Scott Brash’s Olympic horse, Hello Sanctos.
Lord Harris remains heavily involved with showjumping, and Carpetright Plc Group Commercial Director Martin Harris said the company’s sponsorship package, through event signage and TV coverage, had given Carpetright great brand presence. “We are confident that the new sponsor will reap the rewards of such an association,” he said.
Hickstead director Daisy Bunn thanked Carpetright Plc for its support over the last two years, which had helped keep the British Jumping Derby as one of the highlights of the international equestrian calendar.
“Carpetright have enjoyed enormous commercial benefits through their sponsorship at Hickstead, and while we are of course sad to be ending our partnership, we wish them the very best for the future, with their new CEO Darren Shapland at the reins,” she said.
“Looking to the future, we feel that it is a very exciting time for showjumping in this country, particularly after the success of Team GB at London 2012, and we very much look forward to welcoming a new sponsor to Hickstead. The Derby itself is famous across the globe, and the title sponsorship offers a unique opportunity for a business to associate themselves with an incredibly well supported, quintessentially British event.
“Going in to its second half-century, the Derby remains as challenging as it did at its first running in 1961, and continues to attract the very best horses and riders in the world, all determined to add their name to the illustrious list of winners.”
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