Horse & Hound’s guide to major equestrian events 2020

Plan the rest of your year with our guide to the major equestrian events that are still going ahead during 2020 despite the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic

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.

*Last updated 27 July with event cancellations and changes due to the coronavirus pandemic*

Major equestrian events 2020

Event name Date Sport Location
Cheltenham Festival 10-13 March National Hunt racing Cheltenham, Glos
Blue Chip Championships
1-5 April Showjumping Hartpury, Glos
Grand National Meeting
2-4 April National Hunt racing Liverpool
Badminton Horse Trials
6-10 May Eventing Glos
Royal Windsor Horse Show
13-17 May Showing/SJ/Dressage/Endurance/Driving Windsor, Berks
Chatsworth Horse Trials
15-17 May Eventing Derbyshire
Houghton International Horse Trials
21-24 May Eventing Norfolk
Bramham Horse Trials
4-7 June Eventing West Yorkshire
1,000 and 2,000 Guineas RESCHEDULED 6-7 June Flat racing Newmarket
Bolesworth CSI****
9-14 June Showjumping Chester, Cheshire
Royal Ascot 16-20 June Flat racing Berkshire
Hickstead Derby Meeting
24-28 June Showjumping Hickstead, West Sussex
National & YR endurance championships CANCELLED 26-28 June Endurance Kings Forest, Suffolk
Barbury Horse Trials RESCHEDULED 11-12 July Eventing Wiltshire
The Derby Meeting [Epsom]
4 July Flat racing Epsom, Surrey
Royal International Horse Show CANCELLED 21-26 July Showing/Showjumping Hickstead, West Sussex
Festival of Hunting
22 July Hound show East of England showground, Peterborough
Tokyo Olympics
25 July – 8 Aug Dressage, eventing and showjumping Tokyo, Japan
FEI Young Rider/Junior Eventing & Dressage Championships CANCELLED 27 July – 2 Aug Eventing Hartpury, Glos
British Showjumping National Championships RESCHEDULED/NEW VENUE 3-11 Aug Showjumping Bolesworth, Cheshire
Festival of British Eventing CANCELLED 7-9 Aug Eventing Gatcombe, Glos
Global Champions Tour of London CANCELLED 14-16 Aug Showjumping Royal Hospital Chelsea, London
Winter Dressage Championships
17-23 August Dressage Hartpury, Glos
Scope Festival 23-29 Aug Showjumping South View EC, Cheshire
Tokyo Paralympics POSTPONED UNTIL 2021 27-31 Aug Para dressage Tokyo, Japan
Burghley Horse Trials CANCELLED 2-6 Sept Eventing Stamford, Lincs
Blenheim Horse Trials CANCELLED 17-20 Sept Eventing Woodstock, Oxon
National Driving Championships 18-20 Sept Carriage driving Ashfields, Essex
National Dressage Championships CANCELLED 24-27 Sept Dressage Somerford Park, Cheshire
HOYS CANCELLED 7-11 Oct Showjumping/showing/dressage Birmingham NEC
British Vaulting Championships 10-11 Oct Vaulting Bishop Burton EC, Beverley
Olympia 15-21 Dec Dressage/showjumping/showing Olympia, London
King George VI Steeple Chase 26 Dec National Hunt racing Kempton
Liverpool International Horse Show 1-3 Jan, 2021 Showjumping/dressage Liverpool

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