The nine showjumping events you should attend

By Carole Mortimer on |


Bolesworth International

Bolesworth International, Cheshire, June 16-19

Going from strength to strength, this relatively new fixture (pictured), which takes place in the grounds of Bolesworth Castle, lends a touch of glamour to showjumping. As well as international classes on each of the four days, there is huge variety of entertainment. Last year’s show included: dressage, an eventing grand prix, camel racing, a fashion show, plenty of shopping, a champagne bar and bistro and rounded off with a concert by Scouting for Girls.

The Hickstead Derby Meeting, Hickstead, West Sussex, June 23-26

Sunday’s Hickstead Derby, with its unique and legendary Derby Bank, is one of the most famous competitions and takes place over one of the world’s most famous courses. Those that can’t make the big day can see Derby hopefuls try to qualify for a place in Saturday’s Hickstead Derby Trial. As well as jumping and scurry driving, there are dozens of showing classes, including the prestigious final of the Tattersalls Racehorse to Riding Championship. Saturday evening is party night, when everyone is invited to stay on the showground for the entertaining Celebrity Polo Match.

The Great Yorkshire Show, Harrogate, Yorkshire, July 12-14

Yorkshire is arguably the home of British showjumping and the Great Yorkshire, one of England’s premier agricultural shows, continues to attract Britain’s best riders. Its Cock o’ the North grand prix, a fixture in the schedule since 1968, is the climax of three days’ jumping. John Whitaker has claimed the famous silver cockerel trophy six times including 1975, with Ryans Son, 1991, with Milton, and, more recently, 2013 with Maximillian.

The Longines Royal International Horse Show, HIckstead, West Sussex, July 26-31

The second major annual fixture at the All England showground is the official show of the British Horse Society and the only venue in the UK where you can see the British team this year when they contest the Furusiyya Nations Cup. National show jumping includes the British winter finals and Sunday’s finale class is the King George V Gold Cup, one of the oldest competitions in the world. Thursday is host to the Eventers Challenge — a combination of cross country and showjumping held in the famous main arena — while Saturday is Ladies Day in aid of Mark Davies Injured Rider’s fund.

British Showjumping National Championships, Stoneleigh, Warwickshire, August 9-14

This event hosts the final of the International Stairway League title, as well as coveted opportunities to qualify for Horse of the Year Show. The prestigious International Stairway League final will take place on Sunday, August 16, crowning a new British Showjumping National Champion.

British Young Horse Championships, Addington Manor, Buckinghamshire, August 18-21

A show for young horse talent where the best of British four to seven-year-olds contest age championships, with prizes for the Best British-bred horses in each age group. The show is also a viewing opportunity for those wishing to try for a place for the World Young Horse Championships in Lanaken.

Alexander Horseboxes Scope Festival, Staffordshire Showground, Staffordshire, August 21-28

The showjumping world descends on Stafford County showground for this annual festival that crowns champions at every level — from young riders on tiny ponies up to international riders contesting the grand prix.

Horse of the Year Show, NEC, Birmingham, October 5-9

HOYS celebrates the end of the competitive season with five days of showing and jumping classes. Leading riders from home and abroad take part in a variety of speed and jump-off classes. Jumping highlights include: the Puissance, featuring the huge red wall that can go to heights of more than seven foot, leading ‘pony jumpier of the year’ and the Horse & Hound senior Foxhunter championship, the long established leading championship for young horses and equine talent spotter.

Olympia, The London International Horse Show, London, December 13-19

For many, this long-standing show, with its unique party atmosphere, is the official start of Christmas. Now more than 100 years old, Olympia has become a regular fixture for horsey and non-horsey spectators, as well as leading riders from around the globe. The more serious business of international jumping is interspersed with breath-taking displays and quadrilles and there is huge shopping village, as well as the popular champagne bar, restaurant and ski bar. For a family or friends treat buy a ringside box for one of the ten performances.

Image: Bolesworth International by CLA Midlands via Flickr, CC BY-SA 2.0


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