Watch your favourite equestrian discipline on holiday

  • Instead of booking a traditional horse riding holiday, how about building a holiday around watching one of your favourite disciplines? Check out the suggestions below…

    Event: CHIO Aachen World Equestrian Festival

    • Location: Aachen, Germany
    • What to expect: nine days of top-class equestrian sporting action including showjumping, dressage, eventing, four-in-hand driving and vaulting, plus superb shopping
    • When: late June/early July
    • Fly from: London Gatwick, Heathrow or Stansted to Maastricht, Cologne-Bonn or Düsseldorf
    • Stay in: Aachen – visit www.aachen-tourist.de to find details of local accommodation
    • More info: www.chioaachen.de/en

    Event: Kentucky Horse Trials

    • Location: Kentucky Horse Park, Lexington
    • What to expect: making up one of the three Rolex Grand Slam events, Kentucky offers four days of four-star, international eventing action
    • When: late April
    • Fly from: London Gatwick or Heathrow to Lexington
    • Stay in: Lexington – check out the visitor guide on the website
    • More info: www.rk3de.org

    Event: CDI**** Fritzens Schindlhof

    • Location: Fritzens, Austria
    • What to expect: three days of four-star international dressage set in the stunning snow-capped hills of Austria
    • When: June
    • Fly from: London Gatwick to Innsbruck
    • Stay in: Fritzens
    • More info: www.schindlhof.at

    Event: Luhmühlen CCI****

    • Location: Luhmühlen, Germany
    • What to expect: this international four-star event is part of the HSBC FEI Classics series and promises four days of world-class eventing at its best
    • When: mid June
    • Fly from: most UK airports to Hamburg
    • Stay in: Luhm ¼hlen: the website (below) has details of local accommodation
    • More info: www.luhmuehlen.de

    Event: Gucci Paris Masters

    • Location: part of the Salon du Cheval, Paris
    • What to expect: a Parisian version of London’s Olympia, with a mixture of international competition, spectacular equestrian displays and plenty of tradestands
    • When: early December
    • Fly from: Luton to Roissy Charles de Gaulle Airport or Orly Airport
    • Stay in: Roissy: a link on the website (below) offers accommodation options
    • More info: www.salon-cheval.com

    For other equestrian travel news see H&H magazine (28 June 2012)

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