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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.

Showjumper tragedy: School statement

Ella Pallister was a student at Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester.

In a statement the school said: "We are devastated by the news of the tragic and sudden death of Ella Pallister.

"She was studying in Year 13 and she was a popular, bubbly, hard- working and caring student.

"Her closest friends are in shock, but the whole sixth form and school community are grieving for her loss.

"Our thoughts and condolences are with her family at this very sad time."


Remembering Ella

Teenaged showjumping hopeful dies after a fall

British Showjumping have confirmed that 17 year old Ella Pallister, from Dorset died yesterday as a result of an injury sustained whilst competing at a British Showjumping affiliated show at Kingston Maurward in Dorset on Sunday.

Ella fell from her horse in the warm-up arena and was transferred to Dorchester Hospital prior to being taken by Air Ambulance to Southampton Hospital.Both British Showjumping and Kingston Maurward said on their website that they extended their condolences to the family during this difficult time.


Hampshire showjumper wins Olympic gold medal

Peter Charles secures showjumping team's Olympic Gold Credit: TeamGB

A showjumper from Hampshire raised his riding helmet with delight today as he secured the British showjumping team's victory at the Olympic Games.

Peter Charles, who is based in Alton, was one of the team of four who won the British showjumping team's first gold medal in sixty years.

People watching the victory roared and stamped their feet as the team - Peter Charles, Nick Skelton, Ben Maher and Scott Brash - took the title in what has been described as the equivalent an equestrian penalty shoot-out.

The last time a British showjumping team won an Olympic gold medal was in Helsinki in Finland in 1952.

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