There’s plenty going on for the aspiring grass roots rider looking for horse shows in Oxfordshire. The county is host to the Blenheim International Horse Trials, one of the biggest CCI3* events in the calendar – and there’s plenty going on the rest of the year, too. With excellent equestrian centres in Oxfordshire, you’re bound to find a competition for you, whatever your discipline or level of ability.
Horse show venues in Oxfordshire
If you’re looking to enter a horse show in Oxfordshire then why not see what Grove Farm Equestrian has to offer?
A family run centre six miles from Banbury, Oxfordshire, Swalcliffe Park Equestrian has plenty going on for the competitive rider. Best-known for its fantastic cross-country course, designed by CCI4* course builder Richard Taylor, Swalcliffe Park has infamous feature fences including caterpillars and Ariat ducks! This fantastically well-appointed equestrian centre runs events from Pony Club and Riding Club to British Eventing affiliated horse trials.
Attington Stud, between Aylesbury and Oxford, is a competition training centre and horse stud with an excellent new cross-country course that’s regularly hired out for events. The course was built by Dominic Moore and contains over 70 obstacles including ditches, banks, mounds and a water complex. The fantastic 60×40 all-weather outdoor arena with waxed surface is also regularly hired out for events.
Hambleden (Symm) Horse Trials, held annually in the spring, is treated by many riders as a warm-up for the big CCI3* and CCI4* events later in the season. Zara Philips has ridden here, as have many other big names and local grass roots riders alike. Riding Club and Pony Club events are also regularly held on the showground at Hambleden, in the beautiful Chiltern hills, as well as the Henley Festival and the Rewind music festival.
The Malthouse Centre has been an established venue for horse shows in Abingdon, Oxfordshire, for many years. Run by Moira Robertson, a range of events, shows and competitions are held throughout the year, including qualifiers. Facilities include a large indoor school with indoor show jumps, outdoor warm-up and novice cross-country course. Indoor dressage and indoor showjumping competitions take place on a regular basis, offering local horses the chance to get used to competitions at their own pace and in a relaxed environment. All the facilities are available for club, show or personal use.
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