Horses have for centuries been part of the fabric of British society and so there are a good many events and festivals dedicated to them each year up and down the country. From races and trials to shows dedicated to all things horse and horseriding, here we take a look at some of the big horse events coming up in 2015.
Grand National – 11th April – The Grand National has long been the event that everyone in the country gets involved in, whether they have an interest in horseracing or not. It’s not just the UK that watches though, and according to the official website, 600 million people will watch the race live on television. Forty of the best horses and jockeys will take to the Aintree course to run four miles and three and a half furlongs, and will jump more than 30 fences. You can have a flutter at home and watch it on the tele, or try to grab one of the few remaining tickets on sale for the event.
Royal Windsor Horse Show – 13th – 17th May – The Royal Windsor Horse Show in Windsor Home Park has been an annual occurrence for more than 70 years. The five day event combines a wide range of competitive horse riding disciplines, including driving, endurance, jumping and showing. There will also be a huge selection of horsey shopping and entertainment on offer.
Olympia Horse Show – 15th – 21st May – It’s a while off yet, but if you’ve been before you’re probably already looking forward to the Olympia Horse Show. The event in the Hammersmith area of London features everything from dressage and jumping to showing, driving and dog agility, and is a highlight of many horse enthusiasts year.
The FEI European Eventing Championships 2015 - 10th-13th September – This year the regular Blair Horse Trials will be made even more special by the fact that they are playing host to the FEI European Eventing Championship. Expect fierce competition as horses and riders are put through their paces in dressage, cross country and show-jumping events.
Cheltenham Festival – 10th – 13th March The Cheltenham Festival is one of the biggest events in the National Hunt calendar, second to only the Grand National. It’s a true test of rider and horse performance climaxing with the Cheltenham Gold Cup race. There’s a cornucopia of other events though over the four days, including the Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the Cross Country Handicap Chase.
Royal Ascot - 16th – 20th June – The highlight of the year at Ascot racecourse sees the Royal Family and other dignitaries join spectators for racing, pageantry and other entertainments. Expect some grand performances and some fancy hats and outfits to match.
If you’re planning on attending any of these with your own horse, you should of course ensure that your transportation vehicle is properly prepared and that you have an adequate level of horsebox insurance.
Horse events are a fantastic experience and entering racing season is a very exciting thought. Why not comment below and let us know if you’re going to any events.