Riders over the border have access to fantastic horse shows in Scotland, catering to all disciplines and all levels of experience.
Horse shows in Scotland
If you’re looking for horse shows to enter in Scotland then why not see what these Equo centres have to offer:
Ian Stark Equestrian Centre, Borders
Based by Ladybank, Fife, Highfield at Howe boasts three indoor showing rings, two outdoor showing rings, a large hardcore car park, overnight and day stables, showjumps, working hunter jumps and on-site toilet facilities.
The venue can cater for horse shows and events, dog shows and agility, fly ball, car boot sales, business meetings, craft fairs and private parties.
If showing is your thing, then one of the horse shows in Scotland you definitely need to visit is The Scottish Horse Show. Held during the month of July at The Royal Highland Showground in Edinburgh, competitors can choose from more than 100 classes, including several Horse Of The Year Show qualifiers – for instance, Top Spec Show Hunter and Cuddy Working Hunters, Intermediate Show Hunter, Underwood Working Hunter Ponies, and a lot more. The show attracts more than 1,000 entries and exhibitors from all over the UK.
Blair Castle International Horse Trials is Scotland’s biggest equestrian event, running over four days in August, attracting some of the biggest international names in eventing, and hosting over 40,000 visitors each year. Olympic athletes compete alongside amateurs in the four international event class, while British Showjumping and showing classes offer both grassroots and professional riders the chance to compete on this hallowed turf.
One of the biggest horse venues in Scotland is the Scottish National Equestrian Centre, a state-of-the-art venue for all equestrian sports and activities, situated in West Lothian. Just 15 minutes from Edinburgh, this Scottish horse venue has great facilities including an international arena with viewing area, warm-up area and outdoor grass arena, all available for hire as well as for shows. There are overnight facilities for both riders and horses. The venue hosts national and international competitions as well as grass roots events, Pony Club and riding club activities.
Another key venue to check out for horse shows in Scotland is Ian Stark Equestrian Centre. Run by ex-Olympian four-star eventer Ian Stark, the Scottish equestrian venue in the heart of the Scottish borders has a 60×27 indoor school, 60×244 outdoor school, meeting room and cafe, with a full set of affiliated standard show jumps available for hire, plus a selection of rustic fences. Every year, it hosts a full calendar of clinics and affiliated and unaffiliated competitions, including British Dressage, clear round jumping, endurance, and British Showjumping.
Morris Equestrian Centre, in Fenwick, Ayrshire, just 30 minutes drive from Glasgow, boasts the only Olympic-sized arena in the UK, making it a very popular horse show centre in Scotland. With two all-weather outdoor arenas, it also has a restaurant serving up tasty, hearty fare, which has been awarded three stars from Visit Scotland. Many prestigious equestrian competitions are held here, including the Scottish Dressage Championships, RHS qualifiers, affiliated and unaffiliated dressage and showjumping, and fun shows and events.
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