There are plenty of horse shows in Kent to keep riders of all ages and abilities busy. With a good selection of equestrian centres that run horse shows and clinics all year round from which to choose, whatever your discipline – dressage, eventing, show jumping, showing or endurance – there’s bound to be a choice of suitable horse shows in Kent for you.
Horse show venues in Kent
The Kent County Show has built up an excellent reputation in recent years as a Horse Of The Year Show qualifier. Taking place during July at the Kent Showground in Detling, there are nearly 130 classes during three days with almost 1,000 entries each year. Some of the highlights for spectators include hackneys in harness, single heavy horse turnout and parade, scurry driving and the Pony Club mounted games. The three-day show brings together equestrianism, farming, animals, food, fun and excitement and showcases what ‘the garden of England’ has to bring to the UK as a whole.
Set in the grounds of Chilham Castle, near Canterbury, Chilham Park has been established as a top cross-country venue since 2004. Set over 300 acres of parkland, fences range from 2’6” upwards, up to and including a British Eventing novice course designed by Scott Brickell. Events and competitions run throughout the summer, culminating in the BE affiliated Chilham Castle International Horse Trials in August, attended by some of the world’s leading riders. A successful programme of unaffiliated events has been running for seven years and provides local riders with a professional venue for eventing, combined training and hunter trials.
Saddlesdown Events, near Ashford, is used for a selection of events including affiliated and unaffiliated competitions in all disciplines, demonstrations, clinics and other training. Facilities include a 20×60 indoor arena, a 20×40 outdoor rubber arena, a full set of show jumps, a hard standing carpark, on-site tack shop and catering.
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