Start planning your year with dates for the major equestrian events being held during 2018, and don’t miss our spectators’ guide in this week’s magazine, on sale Thursday 8 February

The UK equestrian calendar is packed with major equestrian events throughout the year, so here is Horse & Hound’s quick guide to the ones you don’t want to miss.

Major equestrian events 2018

Event name Date Sport Location
Cheltenham Festival 13-16 March National Hunt racing Cheltenham, Glos
Blue Chip Championships 4-8 April Showjumping Hartpury, Glos
Grand National Meeting 12-14 April National Hunt racing Liverpool
Winter Dressage Championships 11-15 April Dressage Hartpury, Glos
Badminton Horse Trials 2-6 May Eventing Glos
1,000 and 2,000 Guineas 5-6 May Flat racing Newmarket
Royal Windsor Horse Show 9-13 May Showing/SJ/Dressage/Endurance/Driving Windsor, Berks
Chatsworth Horse Trials 11-13 May Eventing Derbyshire
Houghton International Horse Trials 24-27 May Eventing Norfolk
The Derby Meeting [Epsom] 1-2 June Flat racing Epsom, Surrey
Bramham Horse Trials 7-10 June Eventing West Yorkshire
Bolesworth CSI**** 13-17 June Showjumping Chester, Cheshire
Royal Ascot 19-23 June Flat racing Berkshire
Hickstead Derby Meeting 21-24 June Showjumping Hickstead, West Sussex
Barbury Horse Trials 5-8 July Eventing Wiltshire
Royal International Horse Show 25-29 July Showing/Showjumping Hickstead, West Sussex
London Global Champions Tour 3-5 Aug Showjumping Royal Hospital Chelsea, London
Festival of British Eventing 3-5 Aug Eventing Gatcombe, Glos
British Showjumping National Championships 7-12 Aug Showjumping Stoneleigh, Warks
Scope SJ Festival 18-25 Aug Showjumping Park Hall Showground, Oswestry, Shropshire
Burghley Horse Trials 30 Aug-2 Sept Eventing Stamford, Lincs
FEI World Equestrian Games 11-23 Sept All disciplines Tryon, North Carolina, US
Blenheim Horse Trials 13-16 Sept Eventing Woodstock, Oxon
National Driving Championships 14-16 Sept Carriage driving Venue TBC
National Dressage Championships 20-23 Sept Dressage Stoneleigh, Warks
Red Dragon Festival of Endurance 28-30 Sept Endurance Wales
British Reining Championships TBC Reining TBC
HOYS 3-7 Oct Showjumping/showing/dressage Birmingham NEC
British Vaulting Championships 20-21 Oct Vaulting Pencoed, Wales
Olympia 17-23 Dec Dressage/showjumping/showing Olympia, London
King George VI Steeple Chase 26 Dec National Hunt racing Kempton

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Horse & Hound publishes two show guide special issues – the spring/summer guide will be on sale on 22 February and a second is published in Octoberwhich are packed with thousands of show listings to help you plan your winter and summer season. Don’t miss them!