Cotswold Horse Riding, Eventing and Trials


A great place to trek or take part in horse trials and eventing

Sabrina Way

The long distance riding route the Sabrina way runs through the Cotswolds, from Gotherington, north of Cheltenham to  Great Barrington near Burford where it joins with another riding route, the Claude Duval, named after a notorious highwayman who used to frequent Hopcrofts Holt near Steeple Aston. The route links the Swan Way at Quainton (Buckinghamshire) with the Sabrina Way just across the Oxfordshire / Gloucestershire border.

The Cotswolds on Horseback

Published by the British Horse Society (BHS), it was the first publication in the “….on Horseback” series of trail guides to feature additional information on the BHS’s EMAGIN (Equine Mapping and Geological Information Network) website.  EMAGIN displays the latest additions to the National Bridleroute Network for the UK and Ireland, benefiting not only equestrians but also walkers and cyclists. The National Bridleroute Network includes the Sabrina Way, opened in 2002, which runs from the Claude Duval Bridleroute at Great Barrington in Gloucestershire through five counties to Derbyshire, and, together with the Claude Duval 2 extension, provides a link between the Ridgeway and the Pennine Bridleway.

The BHS’s publication is no longer in print but the routes covered in the book and many more are available to download from the BHS Ride Maps UK website. The routes enable riders to enjoy the rolling hills, rich history and stunning countryside of the Cotswolds using bridleways, restricted byways, and quiet lanes, and cross arable and livestock farmland, woods, commons and country estates.

Carriage driving routes maps are also available from the BHS including

Horse riding tour providers in the Cotswolds

Horse eventing and trials

The Cotswolds hosts some of the most famous Horse Eventing and Trials including Show Jumping and Cross Country competitions in the UK and the World.

Trials and Eventing
Point to Points
    • The British Horse Logging Championships
      A weekend of trials for British horse loggers. This is a private event but there may be the possibility of spectators on the Saturday.
    • FFF&B Ploughing Championships and Country Show
      An opportunity to see horses ploughing fields, pulling carts and carriages, alongside their steam and fuel driven counterparts.
    • Stow Horse Fair (Stow on the Wold)
      This is a traditional fair for Gypsies and Traveller people to meet up and trade and it dates back literally hundreds of years, the Charter being granted in 1476. It began as a sheep fair, the Cotswolds being prime country for the wool trade, but has evolved into a horse fair with lots of equines, horse-drawn caravans and sightseers keen to soak up the atmosphere and buy from the many stalls. Travellers will be there for a few days around the Fair date, usually beginning to arrive on the preceding Monday, and will return again in October for the second of the bi-annual fairs (the May fair is the bigger of the two).

Livery yards and equine B&Bs

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