Some of the most popular events for renting our motorhomes are the big horse racing and equestrian eventing meets.
These events often overwhelm the accommodation providers and amenities, so finding a hotel is either difficult and expensive or a distance away and requires fighting your way in and out of the venue each day.
This makes hiring an RV a great option, and we have plenty of offerings for some of the bigger equestrian and horse events as listed below. However, but if there is an event you need a motorhome for, just get in touch with the dates and number of people and we’ll get right back to you (don’t forget to include your phone number if you would like us to call you back)!
Some of the Equestrian Events We Attend
Burnham Market International Horse Trials
1st-3rd April 2016
Situated a stone’s throw away from the glorious North Norfolk coastline, Burnham Market International is one of the country’s finest events where visitors can see a multitude of Olympic and Championship athletes competing on home turf.
Alongside the top class competition, there’s over 40 trade stands and for the children there’s bungee trampolines, bouncy castles and a climbing wall and with its many stunning beaches, wide open spaces, some of the best coastal walks, renowned restaurants and hotels, Burnham Market is the perfect place to visit not only for the eventing, but also revel in the traditional village atmosphere. The Burnham Market International offers a fantastic time for all the family!
Weston Park Spring Horse Trials
9-10th April 2016 and 8-9th October 2016
Weston Park holds a Spring National and an Autumn International horse trials each year run over three days incorporating dressage, cross country and show jumping.
Weston Park itself is one of the most welcoming stately homes with as much character as any English castle and with as many stories as any royal home. Situated on the Shropshire/Staffordshire border, the House was built in 1671 and has been the ancestral home of the Earls of Bradford. Today the House and Park is run by a charity The Weston Park Foundation.
Belton International Horse Trials
15-17th April 2016
The Belton Horse Trials take place among the National Trust’s Belton Estate and each year provides the most perfect backdrop for equestrian fans and those looking for a great day out. A packed equestrian programme is supplemented by a whole range of activities including Farrier Demos and Dog Shows to the Gate Jumping competition and Stunt Shows.
Belton House itself is a Grade I listed country house in Belton near Grantham, Lincolnshire, and sits in the centre of the park. It was created for Sir John Brownlow in 1685 and designed to impress, with formal gardens and a series of avenues leading to follies within a larger wooded park.
It’s the perfect setting for three day equestrian eventing and an ideal opportunity to hire one of our motorhomes!
Badminton Horse Trials
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The Badminton Horse Trials (3-7th May 2016) is a true blue ribbon event in the sporting arena, and is arguably the world’s best known three-day event. Of course, the event is rightly focused on the horses and riders overcoming seemingly insurmountable fences and obstacles, but for visitors there is so much more on offer including the Manor of Badminton, which was purchased by the Worcesters in 1608. The first event at Badminton was held in 1949, the idea of the 10th Duke of Beaufort in order that British riders could train for future international events. These days it is a huge, multinational event that was voted Best Event (Eventing) of 2014 by the international publication L’Annee Hippique.
Houghton International Horse Trials
26th-29th May 2016
The Houghton International Horse Trials is based in North West Norfolk with the event taking place in the magnificent grounds of Houghton Hall, one of England’s finest Palladian houses, this truly is one of the most outstanding venues within the sport of eventing.
After gaining its International status is 2007, the event now hosts over 700 horses, including more than 350 International competitors. It also hosts the only British leg of the FEI Nations Cup which sees teams from all over the world battle it out across 7 events at three levels of international competition.
Bramham Horse Trials
9th-12th June 2016
Bramham Horse Trials are a four-day event hosted at Bramham Park, the home of the Lane Fox family, since 1974. It attracts around 45,000 visitors a year combining the equestrian and the social, with events include dressage, show jumping, team jumping, hunter shows, and pony club mounted games. There is also a thriving retail village, children’s entertainments and a popular parade of the Badsworth and Bramham Moor Hunt foxhounds.
Bramham Park is a striking country house was built in the late 17th century in the style of a 16th-century Florentine villa. The grounds, laid out at the time the house was being built, are one of the few surviving from this era of English garden design. The house is situated on the A1, just 5 miles south of Wetherby, and 15 miles from York.
Hopetoun Horse Trials
Situated on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Hopetoun is Scotland’s finest stately home and its grounds provide a suitably inspiring location for the Hopetoun Horse Trials.
The trials set out to celebrate contemporary Scotland, offering visitors some of the finest international and local equine sporting stars alongside a taste of town and country life from food to fashion, home interiors to champagne bars and outdoor activities for all.
Barbury Horse Trials
7th -10th July 2016
The Barbury Horse Trials celebrated their tenth anniversary in 2014 and look to start the next decade with their biggest event yet. Set in a natural amphitheatre formed by the beautiful Marlborough Downs, Barbury offers possibly the best views of any cross-country circuit. The course was designed by Captain Mark Phillips and provides a tough test for even the skills and courage of the world’s finest horses and riders.
Away from the main arena, there will be the Sheep Show (don’t miss the dancing sheep!), a wide variety of food and drink outlets and a shopping village with over 60 stalls offering everything from saddlery to high fashion. Barbury Castle Estate is located 3 miles North West of Marlborough in the beautiful county of Wiltshire.
Hartpury International Horse Trials
10th – 14th August 2016
The Hartpury International event is slightly at odds with with other big equestrian events in that it has come out of equine studies courses rather than a stately home using their grounds to host an event. The college itself was established after World War 2 as an agricultural education centre with 50 students, which remained relatively unchanged until 1990, when it embarked on a rapid expansion programme. The first Equine Studies programme was introduced in 1992, followed by a degree in Equine Science in 1994. This has been backed by heavy investment of more than £50 million to create an outstanding specialist campus, which hosts the events.
The eventing is supported by a variety of stands surrounding the International Outdoor Arena for the dressage while a shuttle bus service will take you to the viewing areas of the three testing courses on Hartpury House Bank.
Burghley Horse Trials
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The Burghley Horse Trials (1st to 4th September, 2016) have recently been given the International Best Event Award for the fifth time, cemeting its position as the premier equestrian event. A three-day event (which actually takes place over four days) is one of the great tests of all round horsemanship; the Cross Country course is one of the most challenging in the world, while the show jumping offers a tense climax, with some of the best show-jumpers in the world.
Burghley House itself is one of the finest Elizabethan stately homes in the country, and it forms a spectacular backdrop to the Trials. This prestigious event dates to 1961 when the Marquess of Exeter invited the British Horse Society to transfer the event to his estate. As well as the annual trials, Burghley has hosted two World Championships and six European Championships. If you want a change from the equine entertainment, enjoy the chance to explore the grounds, sample the array of food stalls and take your family down to the lakeside, where you can find the Land Rover Terrapod and Pedigree Dog Agility.
Blair Castle Horse Trials
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Scotland’s leading equestrian event, Blair Castle International Horse Trials (25th – 28th August 2016) runs alongside the Bruadar Country Fair, attracting more than 40,000 visitors to Perthshire every year. Here visitors enjoy not only some fantastic 3-day eventing but also the Bruadar Country Fair runs alongside the equestrian activities on the Saturday and Sunday, featuring displays of both traditional and more modern countryside pursuits and 200-plus stalls, food outlets, entertainment and the wonderful surroundings of the Blair castle estate.
Gatcombe Horse Trials
16th to 18TH September 2016
Set in the heart of the Cotswolds, Gatcombe Park hosts international riders from all over the world for the Autumn Whatley Manor Hotel International event. Featuring the usual array of Cross Country, Show Jumping and Dressage, but also a wide variety of shopping, Catering and much, much more
If You Are Interested in Attending Any Of These Events
- Fully prepared RV hire including bedding, cutlery and crockery and all service and site fees (parking space included)
- Units are heated and/or air-conditioned and come with hot and cold water on tap
- Pre-stay shop (arrive to find your cupboards and fridge fully loaded)
- Satellite TV, DVD, music player
- and of course 24hr support from our team on-site
For anyone looking to attend one or more equestrian events in 2015 and in need of somewhere to stay nearby, please do get in touch as we’d love to help.
Header image courtesy of Franz Venhaus