Horsey things to do over Easter

By Carole Mortimer on |



There are plenty of horsey events taking place over the Easter break. Derby House Post selects the best for enthusiasts of all disciplines

Go to a point to point

There is a plethora of fixtures taking place around the country on Easter Saturday and Monday. (

They include the Cazenove Capital Point to Point and Country Day at Lockinge, near Lambourn, Oxfordshire, which is held on Easter Monday (6 April). Last year almost 8,000 people attended this popular event that is run by the Old Berks Hunt. The entertainment includes pony racing, terrier racing, a hound parade and a Farmers Market.

Go showing

Watch the best of pony showing at the British Show Pony Society (BSPS) Winter Championships at Arena UK near Grantham in Lincolnshire NG32 2EF (2-5 April). Ponies of all types, sizes and breeds including many mountain and moorland breeds will be taking part

The SHB(GB) in the North West Annual Show (6 April) takes place at Myerscough International Arena, Lancashire PR3 0RY. Classes include in-hand and ridden hunters, hacks, riding horses, sport horses, cobs, working hunters and Irish Draughts

Spring Horizons (6 April) show takes place at Quainton Stud, Buckinghamshire HP22 4AG classes include a working hunter derby, hunters, hacks cobs and riding horses

Go eventing

Many leading riders will be heading East to compete in the Burnham Market International (2-4 April) in the north-west of Norfolk, PE31 8AG

As well as novice and under 18 classes there will be international two and three-star classes taking place over the three days. Alongside the top class competition, there will be over 50 shops and for children, bungee trampolines, bouncy castles and a climbing wall. On Friday and Saturday (3-4 April) Razz and Pearl will be performing circus workshops

Novice events will be taking place at; Llanymynech, Goring Heath, Howick and Eden Valley.

Go racing

Several racecourses are putting on special family Easter Festivals including;

The Totepool Easter Festival (3 April) at Musselburgh, East Lothian EH21 7RG

Good Friday Racing features the £50,000 Royal Mile Handicap, which will bring trainers and jockeys north of the border for Musselburgh’s first flat fixture of the season. Children 17 years and under are admitted free (when accompanied by an adult)

The two-day Family Easter Festival at Plumpton, East Sussex (5-6 April) offers free entry for children under 18, free parking and a free race programme and a special picnic enclosure. As well as racing the entertainment includes a traditional funfair, Easter egg giveaway, pony rides and music.

Newton Abbott, Devon TQ12 3AF

Carlise Easter Saturday (4 April) Family day

Sedgefield, Stockton-on-Tees, TS21 2HW Easter Sunday (5 April) Family Funday with music after racing

Watch dressage

Three days of dressage (2-4 April) takes place at Sheepgate, Lincolnshire, PE21 0AS There is a variety of classes taking from prelim to advanced and prix st georges freestyle on all-weather surfaces

Allens Hill, Worcestershire WR10 2DU are running two days (3-4 April) of classes including, on the Saturday, advanced to grand prix.

Watch showjumping

Weston Lawns, Warwickshire, CV12 9JA is running four days of jumping in their Senior Easter Extravaganza (2-6 April). The 51 classes include a Horse & Hound senior Foxhunter, a 1.30m Open and several championship qualifiers

There will also be four days of senior jumping at Addington Manor EC, Buckingham, MK18 2JR.

Get a feel for Endurance

International FEI3*endurance will be taking place in Nottinghamshire over Easter weekend at Haywood Oaks, Blidworth EC, NG15 9AL. International FEI classes from 90-160k take place on Saturday alongside national classes of 80-160k in distance. Novice riders are catered for on the Sunday with shorter rides of 20-60k. The rides take place over forest and private estate tracks, sand tracks and bridlepaths with minimal roadwork

Support British Riding Clubs

The British Riding Clubs KBIS National novice indoor Winter Championships for teams and individuals take place at Hartpury College EC in Gloucestershire GL19 3BE. Senior competitions for show jumping and dressage will take place on Saturday (4 April) and junior competitions on Sunday (5 April).


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