7 horsey things to do this Bank Holiday weekend

  • The final countdown is on to the late May Bank Holiday weekend (25-27 May 2019) and we think there’s no better way to spend it than surrounded by horses.

    If this sounds like you, take a look at this range of competitions, events and shows you can head to as a spectator this weekend.

    Horse & Hound Festival of Eventing

    Date: 25-27 May
    Venue: Keysoe, Bedford
    Details: Ideally situated in a central location, the annual Horse & Hound Festival of Eventing is a great day out for all of the family. Keysoe offers great facilities to horses, riders and spectators alike, with a lovely café, great viewing areas and much more. This event boasts four classes from 70cm up to 1m, with the dressage taking place on Saturday, cross-country on Sunday and the nail-biting final showjumping phase on Monday. There is no entry charge for spectators, so come down and experience the fun and friendly atmosphere for yourself.
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    Surrey County Show

    Date: 27 May
    Venue: Stoke Park, Guildford
    Details: This county show has something for every member of the family to enjoy, from show horses and ponies, to livestock, food, top showjumping and even a motorcycle stunt team display.
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    May Spectacular showjumping show

    Date: 23-26 May
    Venue: Bicton Arena, Devon
    Details: This bumper four-day showjumping show, featuring a huge range of classes from young horses up to 1.40m. Food is served all day and the bar is open from 11am.
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    Committee Cup Polo

    Date: 24 and 26 May
    Venue: Guards Polo Club, Windsor
    Details: The Committee Cup is a popular, 8-goal tournament and spectators can expect to see some consistently good polo from players and their ponies throughout the competition.
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    Premier League dressage

    Date: 24-27 May
    Venue: Somerford Park Farm, Cheshire
    Details: This high-level dressage competition will include top competitors such as Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester. Classes range from advanced medium, ponies, young horses up to grand prix.
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    Date: 25 May
    Venue: Dingley, Market Harborough
    Details: This point-to-point provides a great day out for all the family, boasting seven exciting races with amazing viewing, tradestands, a bar and lots of fun things to do. Gates open at 11am, with the first race at 2pm.
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    Houghton International Horse Trials

    Date: 23-26 May
    Venue: Houghton, Norfolk
    Details: This international horse trials features some of the world’s top event riders and has classes from two-star up to four-star, plus lots of great tradestands too.
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