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Horse & Hound’s guide to major equestrian events 2021

Plan your 2021 with our guide to the major equestrian events in the UK, as well as the major international championships of the year ahead

  • After the UK equestrian calendar was heavily affected by the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, we are hoping that the 2021 UK equestrian calendar will once again be packed with major equestrian events, even if some of them have to go ahead behind closed doors or with limited numbers of spectators. Here is Horse & Hound’s quick guide to those that have released their dates. *Latest update: 9 August, 2021*

    Major equestrian events 2021

    Event name Date Sport Location
    Cheltenham Festival BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 16-19 March National Hunt racing Cheltenham, Glos
    Grand National Meeting BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 8-10 April National Hunt racing Liverpool
    1,000 and 2,000 Guineas BEHIND CLOSED DOORS 1-2 May Flat racing Newmarket
    Badminton Horse Trials
    CANCELLED
    5-9 May Eventing Glos
    Chatsworth Horse Trials
    CANCELLED
    14-16 May Eventing Derbyshire
    Houghton International Horse Trials 27-30 May Eventing Norfolk
    The Derby Meeting [Epsom] 4-5 June Flat racing Epsom, Surrey
    Bicton International Horse Trials

    Replacing cancelled
    Bramham Horse Trials

    10-13 June Eventing Devon
    Royal Ascot 16-20 June Flat racing Berkshire
    Hickstead Derby Meeting
    CANCELLED
    National showjumping show
    to take place instead
    24-27 June Showjumping Hickstead, West Sussex
    Winter Dressage Championships 28 June-2 July Dressage Hartpury, Glos
    Royal Windsor Horse Show 1-4 July Showing/SJ/Dressage/Endurance/Driving Windsor, Berks
    Bolesworth International 7-11 July Showjumping Chester, Cheshire
    Barbury Horse Trials 8-11 July Eventing Wiltshire
    Royal International Horse Show 21-25 July Showing/Showjumping Hickstead, West Sussex
    Festival of Hunting 21 July Hound show East of England showground, Peterborough
    Tokyo Olympics 23 July – 8 Aug Dressage, eventing and showjumping Tokyo, Japan
    British Showjumping National Championships 3-10 August Showjumping Stoneleigh, Warks
    Festival of British Eventing
    CANCELLED
    6-8 Aug Eventing Gatcombe, Glos
    Global Champions Tour of London 13-15 Aug Showjumping Royal Hospital Chelsea, London
    National Driving Championships 13-15 Aug Carriage driving Ashfields, Essex
    Scope Festival 22-28 Aug Showjumping South View EC, Cheshire
    Tokyo Paralympics 24 Aug-5 Sept Para dressage Tokyo, Japan
    Showjumping Europeans 30 Aug-4 Sept Showjumping Riesenbeck, Germany
    Burghley Horse Trials
    CANCELLED
    1-5 Sept Eventing Stamford, Lincs
    Bicton CCI5* Horse Trials 1-5 Sept Eventing Bicton, Devon
    Dressage Europeans 7-12 Sept Dressage Hagen, Germany
    Blenheim Horse Trials 16-19 Sept Eventing Woodstock, Oxon
    National Dressage Championships 16-19 September Dressage Somerford Park, Cheshire
    National endurance championships 24-27 September Endurance Builth Wells, Wales
    HOYS 6-10 Oct Showjumping/showing/dressage Birmingham NEC
    British Vaulting Championships TBC Vaulting TBC
    London International Horse Show 16-20 Dec Dressage/showjumping/showing ExCeL, London
    King George VI Steeple Chase 26 Dec National Hunt racing Kempton
    Liverpool International Horse Show 31 Dec 2021-3 Jan, 2022 Showjumping/dressage Liverpool

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