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Prestigious win for Kirkby rider

Posted onPosted on 25th Jun

Kirkby showing rider and producer Jordan Cook won a prestigious showing championship at the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby.

Cook saw off stiff competition from the likes of renowned showing producer Jayne Ross to regain the Alltech Supreme Hack Champion title that he won in 2015.

The victory came courtesy of his long-term partner, the evergreen 16-year-old Fleetwater Xecutive (Darcy), who he keeps in Swanwick.

The pair qualified to contest the Supreme title, having already won the Small Hack Championship earlier in the day.

Cook said; “This is his tenth consecutive time qualifying for Horse of the Year Show, where he was champion in 2007.

“This is my favourite show — we both love riding here at Hickstead.

“We think we are going to retire him at the Horse of the Year Show this year to end on a high.

“He can be a bit spooky but he has got better with age. He was very sharp when I first got him as a six-year-old as a Christmas present, but we work together so well.

“When my parents split up about five years ago I had to sell him, but then I got sent him back to produce and was given him back free in 2015.

“Darcy was the horse who got me into showing and now I produce.

“I used to work in show jumping yards, so showing had never really crossed my mind until I got asked to do a local show and it just started from there really.”

The Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby meeting is home to one of the world’s toughest and most prestigious showjumping competitions — the renowned Hickstead Derby, now in its 57th year.