Royal Ascot is held over four days and is the highlight of the racing year not only because of the social scene, due to the fact that the Royal Family attend every day but also because their are around 7 group 1 races held over the four days of Royal Ascot, such races include the Gold Cup and the Coronation Stakes. The Royal Enclosure is the most exclusive place to be and has very strict dress codes. One of the most popular days of Royal Ascot is Ladies Day which is held on the Thursday and is the day that elegance, fashion and fantastic hats really shine.
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Badminton Horse Trials
Badminton horse trials is a three day event at the highest 4* level. It comprises of Dressage, show jumping and cross country and is one of eventings most sought after trophy's. Badminton along with the horse trials at Kentucky and Burghley form the Rolex Grand Slam where riders can win $250,000 on top of their winnings.
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Burghley Horse Trials
Burghley Horse Trials is a 4* three day event that is held in the grounds of Burghley House. The competition involves dressage, cross country and on the last day the show jumping. Burghley is also part of the Rolex Grand Slam which has only been won only once so far by Pippa Funnel.
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Cheltenham racecourse is open throughout the year and holds National Hunt Races. Cheltenham holds the Cheltenham Festival which sees 4 days of Grade 1 races take place.
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The Cheltenham Gold Cup is a National Hunt Grade 1 race, that is held on the last day of the Cheltenham festival. With a prize fund of £450,000 the Gold Cup is one of the top races of the year.
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The Hickstead Derby is one of the top show jumping competitions of the year with only the very best show jumpers taking part, the venue is at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead in West Sussex. The Derby itself is very well known its technical difficulty and with jumps like the Devils Dyke and the Derby Bank it really is an amazing test for horse and rider.
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Horse Of The Year Show
HOYS holds International show jumping competitions such as the Grand Prix, as well as top class showing. The event is held indoors and offers excellent viewing of the competitions.
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Olympia Horse Show
Olympia is a top class indoor event that offers International show jumping such as the Puissance and Grand Prix as well as Dressage, showing and displays.
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The Olympic Games are held every 4 years with Dressage, Show Jumping and Eventing included. The Olympics are steeped with history and only the very top riders and horses compete.
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Kentucky Horse Trials
Kentucky horse trials are a 4* three day event held at the Horse Park in Kentucky. Together with Badminton and Burghley, Kentucky forms the Grand Slam of eventing.
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Rio de Janeiro Olympic Games
The 2016 Olympics will take place in the vibrant city of Rio de Janeiro with the equestrian events being held at the Olympic Equestrian Centre within Deodoro.
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Royal International Horse Show
RIHS is an International show jumping and showing event. The classes are of the highest standards with top horse and riders competing. The event is held at the All England Jumping Course at Hickstead, which is located in Sussex.
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The Royal Windsor Horse Show is held at Windsor Castle and includes Showing, Driving and Show Jumping classes as well as displays and shopping all within a fantastic setting.
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World Equestrian Games
The WEG are an International event that are held every four years, two years before the Olympics and includes eight equestrian disciplines. The venue changes with each Games.
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