Hickstead Royal International Horse Show & Hickstead CDIO - 26 - 29th July
The Hickstead Royal International Horse Show has something for everyone - Nations Cup show jumping, The Amlin Eventers Challenge, showing and it also run's alongside the Hickstead CDIO at the dressage facility on the other side of the venue.
There is non-stop action for all four days of the show, with a total of eight rings running throughout the event. But the main highlights of each day are as follows:
Wednesday 25 July
- 4.20pm The Champagne Cave Winter B & C Championship
Thursday 26 July
- 4.00pm The MS Amlin Eventers' Challenge
Friday 27 July
- 11:15am The Bunn Leisure International Stakes
- 2:15pm The Longines BHS King George V Gold Cup
Saturday 28 July
- 2:05pm The BHS Queen Elizabeth II Cup
- 4:15pm The British Speed Classic
Sunday 29 July
- 2:15pm The Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ of Great Britain
Make the most of the relaxed atmosphere at Hickstead and book Forward Parking for an extra £10 per car to park near the International arena and enjoy the action with a car side picnic. With more than 150 exhibitors in the Charles Owen shopping village there is the opportunity to 'shop until you drop' as well.
The dressage action is only a short walk away as well. Separate ticketing is in operation but it is possible to park in one location and walk between the 2 venues. Great Britain, France, Sweden and Portugal go head to head in the CDIO Nations Cup on Friday afternoon, with Sunday featuring the crowd's favourite Grand Prix Freestyle.
International Day (The Westchester Cup) - 28th July
The Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club is gearing up to host one of the most prestigious days in equestrian sport - The International.
The Club will host the world renowned annual polo spectacular, showcasing an England Test Match against the United States, playing for The Westchester Cup.
The International Day has always been one of the highest profile sporting events in the British summer calendar and as always, this world-class day will be one of the stand-out social events of the year.
The Westchester Cup was created in 1876 and is always played for by teams from the USA and England. It has only been played four times since the Second World War and is currently held by England who won in 2013.
In a slight change from the norm prior to the feature matches, Queen of British (and world) Dressage Charlotte Dujardin CBE will be presenting a through the levels masterclass, demonstrating her training techniques on a range of horses. The three times Olympic Gold Medalist, European and World Champion and World Record holder will take centre stage as the club looks to the future and looks to bring the different equestrian disciplines together.
International Day tickets are available to buy online.
Longines Global Champions Tour - 3 - 5th August
The spectacular setting of the Royal Hospital Chelsea in the heart of London, plays host to the 13th leg of the Global Champions Tour. The London leg plays a key stage in the 2018 tour as the battle for the top spot really starts to hot up.
At the moment Great Britain's Ben Maher holds the top spot in the individual rider rankings with the London Knights leading the way in the team league.
The top horses and riders in the world will be in action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday of the event, with the first round of the GCL London taking place on Friday. Saturday will see the GCL London final and the LGCT Grand Prix of London, and Sunday will see a final day of top sport with a thrilling jump off class to finish.
Each Longines Global Champions Tour and GCL event sees the top-ranked riders in the world compete for the highest prize money, over the biggest fences - up to 1.60m which is the highest in the sport. The GCL is the team competition, where riders unite like never before to compete for points in the overall Championship. All roads lead to the innovative new GC Prague Playoffs, which will see the top 16 teams compete in the ultimate showdown in December, so every point counts over the course of the Championship calendar.
Tickets are available via Ticketmaster