Every year guests spend in excess of £3 million shopping for handmade Italian leather boots, drinking bottles of Lanson champagne and watching the thrills and spills of the international show jumping at the Longines Royal International Horse Show. The glitz and glamour of the event is undeniable, if it wasn’t enough of a hint with sponsorship from multi million pound watch brand Longines and frequent celebrity and royal guests spotted ringside. Here are our top five things to keep you entertained for the week….
1. Enter the ‘Best Dressed’ competition
Saturday is ladies day, which ironically as well as being the day of the ladies best dressed competition, is also the day of the ladies cup show jumping finals (serious #girlpower)! Ladies day is established as one of the best of the Sussex social calendar so don your finest fancies for a chance to stand out from the crowd and strut your stuff in the iconic main arena to claim your prize. The winner will be presented with a fabulous bouquet of Bollinger champagne and a rather envious prize – this year’s winner claimed a two-night stay at a 5* hotel! So ladies, it’s most definitely worth giving it a shot!
2. Drink champagne at the Lanson Bar
Held in late July, this makes for the ideal time to sit back and enjoy a glass of champagne whilst admiring the sunshine pouring down over the show. The Lanson Bar is a permanent fixture at Hickstead Showground however it takes on a life of it’s own during the week of Longines Royal International Horse Show with thousands of competitors, visitors and VIP guests taking solace at a table in the sunshine with a bottle of chilled champagne. Enjoy every night until 10.30pm!
(Jayne Ross galloping home to victory on the Hunter ”Time 2 Reflect”)
3. Watch the supreme showing championship
The supreme championship at Longines Royal International Horse Show is unlike any other. Each rider and horse has gone champion of their individual section and now they must all compete against each other to be crowned overall supreme of the show – so, in doing this, riders and horses are allowed to… well, pretty much do anything! Last year one rider trotted up the famous Derby Bank (iconic show jump, which as the name suggests is a literal grass bank) – other notorious years have seen showing producers such as Danielle Heath stop beside the VIP tent and drink a glass of champagne before throwing her arms into the air and galloping off down the straight! Truly a spectacular sight!
4. Get yourself a pair of handmade, hand-measured Italian boots
Nothing screams class more than a pair of handmade Italian riding boots. The equestrian trend is still very much in the forefront of fashion’s mind and the selection of long and short boots from Equiclass are just to-die-for. In a matter of moments you’ll be standing on a mount with Italian owner, Gina measuring your calf length and fitting you a beautiful pair of boots. And there is no colour boot that Gina can’t make you so take your pick of anything from antique effect boots (above in brown), to the more glamorous (and perhaps garish) fuchsia pink!
5. Add a little fur to your wardrobe
So we know, it’s only August but who doesn’t love fur? (and cashmere for that matter). Well, this is exactly what City Cows provides us fur loving fashionistas with! Grab your cow hide or reindeer gilet and accessories now and get ready for winter!
Buy your tickets for next year’s Longines Royal International Horse Show here.