According to recent reports, there’s a sharp decline in the total number of people who are participating in equestrian sports in the UK and the number has plummeted from 430,800 people in 2009 to 382,876 in 2017. Within a span of 1 year, an average of only 25% of the participants of equestrian sports took an active part in any competition. Reports also reveal that the highest numbers of horse-riding schools are located in the South East, followed by Yorkshire and East. As long as the costs for horseback riders are concerned, the entry fees and stabling costs are included in the competition costs and they make up for the biggest amount.
Studies have revealed that in the month of June 2017, there were a total of 258,460 horses in United Kingdom, 169,540 horses in England, 45,682 in Wales, 35,000 in Scotland and 9634 in Northern Ireland. Moreover, in the year 2015, Ireland and Great Britain exported nearly 1150 race horses to France. This proved how popular equestrian sports were in the United Kingdom. In the year 2016, there were more than 355,900 people only in England who were participating in equestrian sports every month!
An overview of the noteworthy horse events in the UK in 2019
If you have a special knack for horse-riding and participating in such horse events, you should have a look at the UK equestrian calendar. It is heavily packed with few of the major equestrian events spread throughout the entire year. Here are few of the memorable horse events in the UK that you shouldn’t miss in 2019.
#1: Cheltenham Festival
In the British National Hunt racing calendar, the Cheltenham Festival is undoubtedly the most esteemed race event. It is conducted for around 4 days at the racecourse in Gloucestershire, England. The event took place from the 12th of May to the 15th of May, 2019 and it was as exciting an event as ever. The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the most illustrious race at this Festival and this Cup has already been won by some of the iconic horses called Golden Miller, Arkle, Kauto Star, Best Mate and Denman. Few other races that occur in the same festival are the Queen Mother Champion Chase, Champion Hurdle and also the World Hurdle.
#2: Blue Chip Winter Show Jumping Championship
This one’s so famous that all roads to clearly led to this event. This event was held from 10th April to 14th April, 2019 and supporters and riders who were participating in this major UK championship were welcomed with pomp and valour. This event takes place in Hartpury, Gloucestershire.
#3: Badminton Horse Trials
2019’s Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials took place from the 1st to the 5th of May.
This was the 70th running of this age-old event and this year marked the close of a sponsorship agreement between the event and the car manufacturer. The title of this event was claimed by New Zealand’s Jonelle Price after riding the British-bred horse, Classic Moet in 2018. This event is conducted in the Gloucestershire’s Badminton House Grounds.
This event is deemed to be one among the 6 5-star events in the whole world that are sponsored by Mitsubishi. This makes this event all the more prestigious and acclaimed.
#4: Bolesworth International
The Bolesworth International is based in Cheshire an it is a yearly event which has completed 10 years and is all set to complete its 11th year too. This event is scheduled to take place on the Bolesworth Estate Showground which has the famous Bolesworth Castle at its backdrop. The best part about this event is that it attracts few of the finest and the most competent equestrian sportspeople. As the event is held for 4 days, once you visit, you can be a part of world-class races, show jumping and feature classes which are more than just entertaining. This event welcomed 30,000 visitors in the year 2018 in Cheshire.
#5: Olympia Horse Show London
The London International Horse Show, Olympia is home to an entire routine of everything that’s equestrian and it welcomes more than 400 horses and 90,000 visitors every year. This Show is considered as one of the oldest, distinguished and renowned horse competitions. The London International Horse show mixes Dressage and driving, jumping and also family entertainment. This show was first launched in 2017, this fun and interactive space brags of famous faces, signs of riders and informative talks that one shouldn’t miss.
So, are you looking forward to doing something this week? If yes, check out the equestrian calendar of 2019 and buy your tickets to any one of them according to your convenience. Encourage such equestrian sports and make it one of the best sports of UK.