Sky Sports announces 2014 summer showjumping coverage

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Sky Sports will bring viewers the best showjumping from around the world in 2014 after adding more world class events to its live equestrian calendar.

All the thrills or spills from events including the prestigious Hickstead Derby, the Horse of the Year Show and the Rolex Grand Slam will be broadcast exclusively live on Sky Sports, giving the sport increased exposure over the summer months.

The best riders will compete on the most talented horses from across the world to decide who’s got the brains, brawn and courage to take on the toughest courses in show jumping.

Sky Sports will be the place to see some of the best British equestrian talent in action thoughout the summer.

FEI world number one ranked rider Scott Brash, plus world number two and fellow British 2012 Olympic gold medallist Ben Maher are at the top of their game and will be desperate pick up more wins in 2014.

Britain’s equestrian royal family, the Whittakers, are omnipresent in the world circuit winners enclosure and there are young guns, such as Daniel Neilson and Jessica Mendoza, to keep an eye on in this exciting time for home-grown riders.

Details of Sky Sports’ live equestrian coverage in 2014 can be found below:

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 HICKSTEAD JUMPING DERBY
 June 29
   

The iconic 10ft 6in Derby Bank, the terrifying Devil’s Dyke and the nail-biting white double of gates are to name but three of the 16 memorable fences from the famous event.

Only the bravest make it round the Hickstead International Arena in one piece and Sky Sports will be there all the way.

Don’t grip the edge of your seat too hard as we enjoy finding out who will be crowned 2014 champion.

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 ROLEX GRAND SLAM
 – Aachen Grand Prix (Jul 20)
 – Spruce Meadows Grand Prix (Sep 14)
 – Geneva Grand Prix – (Dec 14)
    

Top riders from across the globe unite for the toughest trophy in the sport as the Rolex Grand Slam links three of the world’s top events in a quest for excellence.

From Aachen in Germany, the riders will move across to the world to Spruce Meadows in Canada before battling it out in Geneva just before Christmas with one thing in mind; perfection.

Anyone who wins the three shows in a row receives 1 million Euros on top of the 250,000 Euro prize-money for each show.

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 HICKSTEAD ROYAL INTERNATIONAL HORSE SHOW
 August 1-3
  

Sky Sports heads back to Hickstead in August for one of the oldest shows on the calendar.

Three days of live action from RIHS 2014 includes the coveted Queen Elizabeth II Cup, Friday’s FEI Nations Cup team competition and finally, on Sunday, the King George V Gold Cup.

The summer spectacle is one of the most exciting and intriguing shows of the year, steeped in heritage and iconic in style, so this is one not to be missed.

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 HORSE OF THE YEAR SHOW
 October 4-5
    

Birmingham NEC once again hosts the finals of the most prestigious national show jumping championships.

Britain’s best compete for trophies at all levels, including: Leading Pony Show Jumper of the Year, the Horse & Hound Senior Foxhunter Championship, The Leading Show Jumper of the Year title and of course, the famous Puissance, where riders battle the ever-increasing red brick wall.

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