Hungry to know more about equestrian events taking place in 2024? Here we take a look at the best equestrian events happening this year that absolutely must be in your diary!
Badminton Horse Trials
Dates: 8th – 12th May, 2024
Where: South Gloucestershire
Badminton Horse Trials, held annually on the picturesque Badminton Estate in South Gloucestershire, England, stands as a pinnacle in the world of three-day eventing.
Since its inception in 1949, Badminton has been a breeding ground for equestrian excellence, attracting a diverse field of both grassroots and elite riders.
Badminton is one of six 5* equestrian events in the world. Competition is challenging, and all riders must qualify to compete at the event.
Badminton serves as a gathering point for the global equestrian community. Equestrian enthusiasts and professionals from around the world converge to witness the best in the sport, fostering camaraderie and shared appreciation for horsemanship.
Comprising three challenging phases—dressage, cross-country, and show jumping—the competition unfolds against the stunning backdrop of the historic Badminton Estate.
Alongside competition, Badminton features some of the best equestrian shopping and eateries available at an equestrian event. If you’re not sitting next to the action on the cross-country course, the tall screens featured around the event offer up-to-the-minute action, live from Badminton TV.
Winning the Badminton Horse Trials is a coveted achievement, symbolized by the presentation of the esteemed Badminton Trophy. This premier equestrian event captures the essence of skill, athleticism, and the unique partnership between horse and rider in a setting steeped in tradition and natural beauty.
Royal Windsor Horse Show
Date: 1st – 5th May, 2024
Where: Grounds of Royal Windsor
The Royal Windsor Horse Show, set against the regal backdrop of Windsor Castle, emerges as a captivating spectacle that seamlessly blends equestrian excellence with royal grandeur.
This prestigious event, held in the private grounds of the castle, welcomes top riders and horses from around the world for an enchanting display of show jumping, dressage, and carriage driving competitions.
The allure of the Royal Windsor Horse Show lies not only in the high-stakes competitions but also in the palpable atmosphere of tradition and sophistication.
As riders navigate the challenging courses beneath the watchful eyes of the historic castle, spectators are treated to an unrivalled experience that transcends the realm of equestrian sport. Think shopping meets equestrian action fit for the Royal family.
From the electrifying precision of show jumping to the graceful artistry of dressage, the event captures the essence of elite horsemanship against the backdrop of royal splendour, making it a highlight in the global equestrian calendar.
Blair Castle International Horse Trials
Dates: 22nd – 25th August, 2024
Where: Scottish Highlands
Nestled amidst the stunning Scottish Highlands, Blair Castle International Horse Trials stands as a beacon of equestrian excellence and natural beauty.
Set against the historic backdrop of Blair Castle, this annual event combines the majesty of Scotland’s rugged landscape with the precision and athleticism of three-day eventing.
A challenging cross-country course weaves through the estate’s picturesque grounds, testing the mettle of horse and rider against a backdrop of ancient woodlands and manicured lawns.
Blair Castle, a historic seat of Scottish royalty, adds a touch of grandeur to the event, creating a unique and enchanting atmosphere.
From the elegance of dressage to the thrilling cross-country phase and the precision of show jumping, the Blair Castle International Horse Trials captivates both competitors and spectators alike, offering a captivating blend of sporting prowess and Highland charm.
Horse of the Year Show
Where: Birmingham NEC
The Horse of the Year Show (HOYS), held annually at the iconic Resorts World Arena in Birmingham, transforms into a captivating spectacle where equestrian excellence converges with an electric atmosphere.
As one of the most prestigious events in the equestrian calendar, HOYS brings together a dazzling array of top horses and riders across various disciplines, creating a dynamic showcase of skill and grace. From the majestic precision of show jumping to the breathtaking elegance of dressage and the artistry of in-hand and ridden showing classes, HOYS encapsulates the diverse facets of the equestrian world.
The grandeur of the competition is matched only by the palpable excitement in the air as competitors vie for coveted titles.
Beyond the arena, the show serves as a hub for equestrian enthusiasts, drawing together a community that shares a passion for these magnificent animals. The shopping brings together the industries most exciting brands, helping visitors get underway with Christmas shopping.
With its pulsating energy, glittering performances, and an unmistakable air of celebration, the Horse of the Year Show stands as a dazzling tribute to the timeless bond between horse and rider.
The London International Horse Show
Where: London, ExCel Arena
The London International Horse Show, formerly hosted at the iconic Olympia London, is an electrifying celebration of equestrian excellence that transforms the heart of the city into a thrilling arena of horsemanship.
Now held at the London ExCel Arena, this world-class event attracts the most experienced and followed riders and their horses.
Disciplines range from show jumping and dressage to a host of other equestrian entertainment including the Shetland Grand National.
The grandeur of The London International Horse Show, adorned with festive lights and the festive spirit of the season, elevates the atmosphere, creating a magical setting for both competitors and spectators.
From the heart-pounding excitement of top-tier competitions to the enchanting performances that weave together tradition and innovation, the London International Horse Show is a glittering tapestry of skill, grace, and sheer spectacle.
The air is charged with anticipation, and the rhythmic thunder of hooves reverberates through the arena, captivating the audience and transporting them into a world where the timeless bond between humans and horses takes center stage.
Not forgetting the shopping village that features a host of Christmas-ready offers to help kick start an equestrian fuelled festive season. There’s really no better place to be!