It’s the new year and it is never too early to start planning your equestrian outings for the next 12 months. As well as all the usual excitements — such as Royal Ascot and the Hickstead Derby — 2015 will also see the eventing European championships come to Scotland.

Here are some of the major dates to be scribbled in your diary that are not to be missed:

Cheltenham Festival

10-13 March

Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Gloucestershire

Crabbie’s Grand National Festival

9-11 April

Location: Aintree racecourse, Merseyside

Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials

6-10 May

Location: Badminton, Gloucestershire

CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show

13-17 May

Location: Windsor Castle, Berkshire

The Dodson & Horrell Chatsworth International Horse Trials

15-17 May

Location: Chatsworth House, Derbyshire

Rolex Kentucky Three-Day event

23-26 April

Location: Lexington, America

Investec Derby Day

6 June

Location: Epsom Downs racecourse, Surrey

Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials

11-14 June

Location: Braham, West Yorkshire

Royal Ascot

16 -20 June

Location: Ascot racecourse, Berkshire

Luhmühlen Horse Trials

18-21 June

Location: Luhmühlen, Germany

The Hickstead Derby Meeting

24-28 June

Location: The All England Jumping Course Hickstead, West Sussex

The Longines Royal International Horse Show

29 July- 3 August

Location: The All England Jumping Course Hickstead, West Sussex

Festival of British Eventing

7-9 August

Gatcombe Park, Gloucestershire

FEI European championships for dressage, showjumping, reining, driving and vaulting

11-23 August

Location: Aachen, Germany

Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials

3-6 September

Location: Burghley House, Stamford, Lincolnshire

FEI European Eventing Championships

10-13 September

Location: Blair Castle, Perthshire

FEI European para dressage championships

17-20 September

Location: Deauville, France

British Dressage Summer National Championships

17-20 September

Stoneleigh Park, Warwickshire

Blenheim Horse Trials

17-20 September

Location: Blenheim Palace, Oxforshire

Horse of the Year Show

7-11 October

Location: Birmingham NEC

Pau Horse Trials

21- 25 October

Location: Les 4 Etoiles de Pau, France

Adelaide Horse Trials

19-22 November 2015

Location: Adelaide, Australia