9 spooky equestrian events to get you in the Halloween spirit

Do you fancy getting your horse involved with your Halloween celebrations this year? If so, why not head to one of these spooky-themed events

Unaffiliated Halloween fun showjumping

WHERE: Codham Park, Braintree, Essex
WHEN: Saturday 24 October
ENTRIES CLOSE: On competition day
COST: £10 members, £12 non-members
CONTACT: 07769 907076
INFO: Fun jumping classes from 30cm cross-poles up to 70cm accumulator with 80cm joker
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Junior BS Halloween showjumping

WHERE: Forest Edge Arena, Swaffham, Norfolk.
WHEN: Saturday 24 October-Sunday 25 October
ENTRIES CLOSE: On competition day
COST: £6 clear round, £12-£15 classes
CONTACT: 01760 722616
INFO: Two-day junior British showjumping show with classes ranging from 70cm to 1.15m.
ENTER ONLINE WITH EQUO: Saturday classes, Sunday classes

Halloween Oxford Riding Club hunter trial

WHERE: Swalcliffe Park Equestrian, Banbury
WHEN: Sunday 25 October
ENTRIES CLOSE: Wednesday 21 October
COST: £28
CONTACT: 07799 475910; felicitywilsonsmith@yahoo.co.uk
INFO: Ride around a beautiful course in your scariest outfit! Rosettes to sixth place. Prize for best Halloween costumes in the pairs class.
DOWNLOAD SCHEDULE: Hunter trial schedule PDF

Keysoe Halloween affiliated and unaffiliated showing

WHERE: Keysoe Equestrian Centre, Bedfordshire
WHEN: Monday 26 October
ENTRIES CLOSE: Monday 19 October
COST: £10-15 per class
CONTACT: 01234 708400
INFO: A variety of showing classes to suit a range of abilities. Includes “Spooky Fancy Dress” class (prizes for the best Halloween-themed costumes). £5 additional entry fee for entries on the day.
ENTER ONLINE WITH EQUO: Unaffiliated classes, affiliated showing, affiliated workers

Halloween dressage

WHERE: Triley Fields Equestrian Centre, Monmouthshire
WHEN: Monday 26 October
ENTRIES CLOSE: Thursday 22 October
COST: Classes £10-15
CONTACT: enquiries@trifec.com; 01873 890523
INFO: Choose between Triley Walk & Trot 6/The Pony Club Novice Dressage Test 2009/The Pony Club Intermediate Dressage Test 2013. Rosettes to sixth place.
VISIT: www.trifec.com

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Horse-drawn Halloween rides

WHERE: Roehampton Gate, Richmond Park
WHEN: 28-31 October
Time: 18:00–21:00 for 1 hour each
COST: £48
CONTACT: 0207 036 8056
INFO: At night in Richmond Park, all kinds of creatures emerge. Hear about the Shrew Ash, where to this day witches are murmured to congregate. Discover the amazing history of the park, including tales of highwaymen and ghosts. Hear of the gruesome Victorian murder just outside the park walls, solved as recently as 2010. And marvel at the Park’s majestic stags, who at this time of the year sleep by day and fight their rivals at night. Ticket price includes carriage blankets and sloe gin!
VISIT: www.supporttheroyalparks.org

Spooky spectacular fun ride

WHERE: Elvaston Castle
WHEN: Saturday 31 October
DISTANCE: five miles
COST: Juniors (under 10) £10, adults £15
CONTACT: Ann Wood; 01332 873881
INFO: Take part in the ever-popular fancy dress Halloween ride in the grounds of the picturesque Elvaston Castle.There will be fun and games in the form of an optional mini-trec competition at the end of the ride, plus a barbeque and rosette for everybody taking part. Prizes for the best fancy dress costumes.
VISIT: www.bhs.org.uk

Rankshill Halloween endurance ride

WHERE: Milgrove Farm, Yorkshire
WHEN: Sunday 1 November
ENTRIES CLOSE: Monday 26 October
DISTANCE: 6, 15 or 20 miles.
COST: Sport Endurance member £15, non-member £20, Juniors (under 13) £5
CONTACT: Dave Hull
INFO: There are also camping facilities — £5 per horse, £5 per person at the venue Saturday evening. Please book on camping listing.
RIDE DETAILS: A lovely ride on grass bridleways and byways, through small woods, mixed terrain on byways this ride can be as fast or slow as you like. Prizes will be awarded for the best fancy dress in different age groups.
VISIT: www.sportendurance.co.uk

Halloween fun showjumping

WHERE: Highbrook Stables, Hampshire
WHEN: Sunday 1 November
ENTRIES CLOSE: Monday 26 October
COST: £12
CONTACT: Roy on 07952 032458
INFO: A fun-filled competition (55cm-85cm classes) including a fancy dress parade.
VISIT: www.nfed.co.uk

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