Eventing originally evolved from the training and selection of cavalry horses.
Each of the three disciplines is designed to test the horses ability - dressage shows how trainable the horse is and its basic paces in walk, trot and canter. The cross country tests stamina,
speed, jumping and bravery while the show jumping shows athleticism, control and accuracy. The sport is rather like the pentathlon in that it combines different disciplines in one competition
and is run on a cumulative penalty basis. The competitor with least penalties at the end is the winner.
The Festival of British Eventing takes place at:
This renowned event takes place at Gatcombe Park, spectacular home of the Princess Royal and her family and incorporates the British Open, Intermediate and Novice Championships.
The Festival of British Eventing – the perfect
An idyllic Cotswolds location, top class sporting action, family entertainment and
quality shopping all come together to create and celebrate The Festival of British
(September 13th to 15th 2019 ). The Festival takes place in the beautiful
surroundings of Gatcombe Park, home of HRH
the Princess Royal which is situated a few
miles from the old village of Minchinhampton and close to the Gloucestershire market
towns of Tetbury, Cirencester and Stroud.
This year sees the event being run for the 25th time. The Cross Country course utilises a different area of the Gatcombe Park Estate to that used by the Magic Millions Festival of British Eventing, which takes place in early August.
The event starts at 08.30 hrs on Saturday & Sunday. Dressage, show jumping and cross-country phases run throughout. The event attracts many interesting shops, which will include the Gatcombe Collection. There are various catering facilities available to spectators. At various times during both Saturday and Sunday HRH The Princess Royal will present prizes.
Gatcombe Park is situated at Hampton Fields, mid-way between Minchinhampton and Avening; the event will be signposted from both directions. Spectator admission is £6 for a car and occupants and £4 for a programme. Full information about directions accommodation, timetable and all entries are contained on this web site.
The Badminton Horse Trials 2019
1st May to 5 May
30 April to 3 May 2010 The Badminton Horse Trials
Top International Equestrian event featuring Dressage, Jumping and Cross-Country competitions Badminton, Near Tetbury. Tickets:
(01454) 218375. www.badminton-horse.co.uk
NAF Five Star International
Hartpury Horse Trials
7th August 2019 - 11th August 2019
The event gets underway with the Dubarry Burghley Young Event Horse Qualifiers on Wednesday before moving onto the Recover CCI1*, Magic CCI2* and Superflex CIC3* from Thursday.
Enjoy shopping with a view at a variety of trade stands which overlook the International Outdoor Arena, home to the dressage and showjumping phases. Then catch all of the cross country action on Saturday with a shuttle bus service to Hartpury House bank, ensuring the best view of all three testing courses.
Horse Trials - 19th to 22nd September
The Blenheim Palace International Horse Trials is one of the world's premier three star three day events. Set in the magnificent grounds of Blenheim
Palace in Woodstock, Oxfordshire, and
with the Palace as the backdrop for the main arena activities, the horse trial offers a fantastic opportunity to see some of the world's finest event riders and horses compete against one another
in a truly spectacular location.