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Royal International Horse Show 2013: Previewing Sunday's King George V Gold Cup

HICKSTEAD, UNITED KINGDOM - JULY 22:  Pieter Devos of Belgium clears a fence on Candy during his fifth place finish in the Longines King George V Gold Cup at the Longines Royal International Horse Show on July 22, 2012 in Hickstead, West Sussex, England.  (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
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Mike HoagCorrespondent IIAugust 4, 2013

The final day of the 2013 Royal International Horse Show in Hickstead, Great Britain, features the event’s most prestigious competition.

Horses and riders from around the globe will square off in the Longines King George V Cup for a shot at capturing the biggest honor in the country’s competitions.

Last year, 22-year-old Dutchman Hendrik-Jan Schuttert captured the title, sending the trophy to the Netherlands for the first time since the competition began in 1907, according to HorseandHound.co.uk.

 

Longines King George V Gold Cup

When: Sunday, Aug. 4, at 2:45 p.m. BST (9:45 ET)

Where: Hickstead, Sussex, Great Britain

Prize: £200,000

 

2013 King George V Gold Cup Start Order

Start OrderHorseRiderCountry
1.Magnus RomeoHans-Dieter Dreher GER
2.CristalloRichard Spooner USA
3.Tripple X IIIBen Maher GBR
4.Quiet Easy 4Chloe Aston GBR
5.FandangoWilliam Whitaker GBR
6.CarlinaUlrich Kirchhoff UKR
7.Loughnatousa W BMichael Lonsdale GRB
8.LandthagoWerner Muff SUI
9.Quismy Des Vaux H D C Kevin Staut FRA
10.CrocantFerenc Szentirmai UKR 

*For the rest of the start order, please visit Longinestiming.com.

 

Who to Watch For

Shane Breen, Ireland

Shane Breen, mounted on nine-year old mare Zarnita, set Hickstead history on Saturday. With his victory in the Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Breen became just the first male rider to win the trophy more than once throughout its 64-year history, according to Andrew Baldock of Independent.ie. While his feat was impressive, the event was not made open to male riders until 2008.

He is now prepared to compete in Sunday’s finale aboard Cos I Can and will attempt to become a widely successful double winner at Hickstead. He will have a good idea of what he needs to do to win as he begins in the 41st position.

 

Ben Maher, Great Britain

Olympic gold medalist Ben Maher also tasted victory already at Hickstead this past week. He captured the Bunn Leisure Trophy aboard Aristo, a nine-year-old, on Thursday.

He’ll be back aboard Tripple X for Sunday’s finale in hopes of capturing the prize for the first time. With a Dutchman winning last year, Maher appears to be a great candidate to bring the trophy back to Britain.

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