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
2013 King George V Gold Cup Start Order
|1.||Magnus Romeo||Hans-Dieter Dreher||GER|
|3.||Tripple X III||Ben Maher||GBR|
|4.||Quiet Easy 4||Chloe Aston||GBR|
|7.||Loughnatousa W B||Michael Lonsdale||GRB|
|9.||Quismy Des Vaux H D C||Kevin Staut||FRA|
|10.||Crocant 3||Ferenc 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.