With such a long history of amazing equestrian events all around the world, knowing which are the best events to attend can be extremely hard to choose from! Anyone with a passion for all things equine and a keen interest in the world’s biggest horse shows and sporting events simply must add these incredible extravaganzas to their bucket list.
- Cheltenham Festival- UK
The finest exhibition of National Hunt racing, the Cheltenham Festival welcomes around a quarter of a million racegoers each year for the ‘greatest show on turf’. The venue is one of the most picturesque sporting amphi-theaters in which the most competitive horse racing of the season takes place. Each of the four days features a standout prestigious race in which all classes are offered the chance of glory. Many Cheltenham chapters have been written since the inaugural event in 1861. It truly is a festival of racing, a social event of outstanding hospitality and of course the opportunity for unparalleled horse betting on the best jockeys and steeds in the world, and is set to be one of the most popular equestrian events of 2022.
- Land Rover Kentucky Three-Day Event- United States
All equestrian eyes turn to Ohio in spring each year for the Kentucky Three-Day Event. Taking place in April, this glorious pageant of eventing is a packed timetable of dressage, cross-country and show jumping set against a festival of high society, country fashion and immaculately-presented horses. To many, the Kentucky Three-Day Event is the best horse sporting and display showcase in the world. Today’s riders compete for a share of $250,000 in prize money at a huge venue that now doubles as an ‘equine theme park’.
- Badminton Horse Trials- UK
Every May, the Badminton Estate in Gloucestershire, England welcomes nearly 200,000 visitors and 80 to 90 participants who compete to win the most prestigious five-star eventing prize outside of the Olympics. Originating in 1949, the Badminton Horse Trials take place over three days with dressage and cross-country followed by showjumping on the final day. The very best of the eventing elite compete for a prize pot surpassing £300,000 with Royals in attendance each year mingling alongside anyone who’s anyone in the horsey world.
- Calgary Stampede- Canada
Saddle up as the cowboy trail reaches Calgary, Canada for the annual Stampede every July. Billed as the ‘greatest outdoor show on earth’, this celebration of western heritage and cowboy culture attracts nearly a million visitors each year. Boasting a great range of equine and rodeo events, the Calgary Stampede is as much a festival of food, country sports and music as it is pursuits in the saddle. Taking place over 10 days in which the city is transformed into the biggest collection of cowboys and girls on the planet, the Calgary Stampede is also a rich celebration of First Nation culture.
- Royal International Horse Show- UK
The United Kingdom has many great horse shows and events taking place each year. Horse enthusiasts will be glued to the latest horse riding news to discover which one they can attend next. The oldest horse show in the world that horse lovers can look into is the Royal International Horse Show (RIHS). It takes place annually at the famous All England Jumping Course show ground in West Sussex, England. Often the only chance that enthusiasts get to take in a leg of the Nations Cup on British soil, the RIHS first took place in 1909. With a wealth of top-class show jumping on view, the fashionista celebration that is Ladies’ Day on the Saturday is perhaps the real highlight of the entire event.
- Royal Windsor Horse Show- UK
The stage for a huge array of equine disciplines, the Royal Windsor Horse Show takes place in the grounds of the castle that is home to royalty. The exhibition of five-star showjumping, dressage, carriage driving and gymkhana racing is regularly attended by the Queen with the Royal Windsor Horse Show said to be one of the highlights of Her Majesty’s calendar. One of the most celebrated equine events of the year, the chance to watch the very best in the world in the Queen’s back garden is not to be missed.
- Dubai World Cup- Dubai
One of the biggest sporting events in the Middle East, the Dubai World Cup is also one of the most lucrative. Over $30m makes up the prize purse in this the richest day of racing in the calendar staged at the Meydan Racecourse in the UAE’s capital city. The Dubai World Cup is actually made up of nine separate race meetings building towards the Super Saturday high point. The calibre of horses and riders is exceptional with the best-dressed lists made up of a global elite ‘who’s who’ of wealth and fame. Many bettors across the world place their bets on one of the most well-known horse racing events of the year as online horse racing betting on this particular event reaches an all time high every year in popularity.
- London International Horse Show- UK
As the equestrian year draws to a close, horse enthusiasts celebrate with a bang with the London International Horse Show. Traditionally held a week before Christmas, this indoor dressage and showjumping extravaganza takes place at London’s ExCel Centre. A treat for all the family, favourites include the Shetland Pony Grand Prix and the stunning Christmas Finale show. Elite eventing takes centre stage though in this festive gala of all things horsey.