Top 4 Equine Events in The UK
Visitors to the United Kingdom are often interested in learning about the country’s strong sporting heritage. The UK has pioneered some of the world’s most popular sports including football, cricket, and tennis. One type of sport that plays an important role in modern day Britain, as well as the country’s history, is equine sports. From horse racing to show jumping and dressage, these events have been some of Britain’s most successful sports in international competitions as well as the Olympics. In this article we are going to look at the top 4 Equine events in the UK that should not be missed.
The Grand National - April
The Grand National takes places at the Aintree Racecourse in Liverpool and is one of the world’s most famous steeplechases. According to The List Love the first Grand National was held in 1839. The event is famous in British culture and is often watched by members of the public who don’t normally follow racing with an estimated 9 million enjoying the race domestically. Worldwide that figure goes up to 600 million viewers. One of the most famous horses in the world Red Rum won the event three times and is buried at the winning post. For visitors to the UK it is the ideal way to get caught up in one Britain’s oldest equine events. This year’s race will be extra special as esteemed horse racing trainer Paul Nicholls who previews the race for Betfair states that it will be an eagerly anticipated battle between Vicente and Le Mercurey.
The Royal Windsor Show – May
The Royal Windsor Show is a horse event held at Windsor Castle every May that celebrates different aspects of Britain’s equine culture. The official Windsor site informs that show jumping, dressage, and international carriage driving are events held during the show. Competitors from around the world compete at the event. Alongside the competitions are big cavalry displays from the military. The show has also become known for the large shopping village that sells everything an equine fan could need.
Royal Ascot – June
The Royal Ascot is famous for its close connection to the Royal Family who attend ever year. Held at Ascot Racecourse in Berkshire the event is known for it’s exciting racing. It is considered one of the highlights of the year. The event takes place over five days with the Wednesday being known as Ladies Day. On this day, formal clothing and big hats are a requirement for the women attending the event.
Horse of the Year Show - October
The Horse of the Year Show is one of the biggest events in show jumping. Show jumping competitions across the UK have qualifying for this event as part of their winnings. The show has an important place in British equine culture and is broadcast live on television. The Puissance course is one of the toughest and most well known show jumping competitions in the world. The Horse of the Year Show features around 1,600 horses, 1,500 competitors, and is viewed by 65,000 spectators.