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Report: From the horse world's elite to the mini stars of the future - Hickstead 2017

The Longines Royal International Horse Show is taking place in West Sussex this weekend.

It's one of the oldest events of its kind in the world - featuring the stars of equestrian sport, and some of the most enthusiastic amateurs.

Since 1992 its home has been Hickstead, a beautiful backdrop for a sport which shows no sign of dwindling in popularity

30,000 are expected over the four day festival, as Rachel Hepworth reports:

Rachel spoke to Hickstead's Edward Bunn, veteran showjumper John Whitaker and people competing in the amateur events.

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Showjumping meeting starts in Sussex

Hickstead's main arena Credit: ITV Meridian

It is the first official day of the Hickstead Showjumping Derby meeting today where riders compete for big prize money on their horses.

The big class, the Derby itself takes place on Sunday afternoon where riders tackle the famous bank.

The Derby meeting has been held for several decades at the showground just off the A23.

Showjumping riders compete in Sussex

International arena at Hickstead showground Credit: ITV Meridian

Top showjumping riders from all around the world will compete in a special competition at Hickstead showground in Sussex this afternoon.

A total of 8 nations take part in today's Nations Cup held in the International arena.

Peter Charles Credit: ITV Meridian

Olympic team rider Peter Charles is among those competing for the British team.

They are hoping to regain the Nations Cup from last year's winning team Germany.

First day of Royal International Horse Show in Sussex

Horse show begins at Hickstead Credit: ITV Meridian

It is the 1st day of the Royal International Horse Show at Hickstead in Sussex today.

Thousands of people are expected to go to the event which runs through until Sunday.

Horses in the warm up arena Credit: ITV Meridian

The big competition of the week is the Nations Cup on Friday featuring the top 8 showjumping nations.

Great Britain will be trying to claim back the honours after last year's win by the German team.

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Showjumping Derby meeting starts at Hickstead

Showjumping meeting starts at Sussex showground today Credit: ITV Meridian

Thousands of people are expected to converge on Hickstead Showground in Sussex over the next few days as the British Showjumping Derby meeting starts today.

The Derby itself where riders tackle the famous bank will be held in the International arena on Sunday afternoon.

Hickstead Derby bank Credit: ITV Meridian