A look ahead to the best equestrian events in Yorkshire

The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate

The Great Yorkshire Show in Harrogate - Credit: Archant

Whether you’re horse crazy or just along for the ride, equine events are an important part of the social calendar

19th April

Easterland Raceday, Beverly Racecourse

Brand new for 2017, the Easterland Raceday commences the first race meeting of the year and combines a family fun interactive Easter Egg Hunt and some spectacular racing. Celebrate the Easter holidays and the return of racing on the Westwood.


17th-19th May

Dante Festival, York Racecourse

The beautiful York racecourse dates all the way back to 1731 and is a venue steeped in history and some incredible horseracing. The Dante Festival spans across three days and is always a highlight of racing season so make sure you don’t miss out any of the action and buy your tickets now.


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8th – 11th June

Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials

The Equi-Trek International Horse Trials held at Braham Park are not only one of the leading equestrian sporting events of the year, but also a social event that is not to be missed. The trials attract leading names in the sport and royalty and are three days packed full of excitement right in the heart of Yorkshire.


22nd June

Ladies Day, Ripon Racecourse

Ladies Day has become one of the highlights of Ripon Races and is up there with the social events of the summer in the Harrogate District. The day is a mixture of exciting and world class sporting actions and of course some fabulous fashion and glamour. For tickets prices and more information visit www.ripon-races.co.uk.

11th- 13th July

Great Yorkshire Show

The Great Yorkshire Show is one of England’s most premier agricultural events of the year, featuring the countries best farming and rural life. The show attracts more than 130,000 visitors every year to its Harrogate showground and it’s easy to see why as there is so much to do and see for the entire family.


22nd – 29th July

Go Racing in Yorkshire Summer Festival

The Go Racing in Yorkshire Festival is now its 10th year and celebrates some of the best flat horseracing in the White Rose County. The week long event takes place at some of Yorkshire’s finest racecourse including Ripon, Redcar, Beverly, Catterick, Doncaster, Thirsk, York and Pontefract. The summer festival showcases a week of Yorkshire racing events along with plenty of family entertainment and live music. goracing.co.uk/horse-racing-events/summer-festival

5th August

Emley Show

The Emley Show is one of the best attended and anticipated agricultural ays out in Yorkshire and is held directly beneath Emley Moor Mast, with spectacular Yorkshire Countryside views. This yea, Emley will be celebrating their 100th show so you can expect even bigger and better attractions and entertainments. Enjoy a wide range of activities, agricultural events, crafts and family entertainment for everyone.


23rd-26th August

Ebor Festival

The Ebor Festival at York Racecourse is one of the oldest, richest, fastest and the most famous of racing festivals at one of the country’s leading racecourses. The opening day of the festival is the prestigious Group One Juddmonte International which was ranked as the best race in Great Britain in 2015. Put on your best frocks for ladies day on the Thursday, enjoy the excitement of the fastest race of the season on Friday at the Coolmore Nunthorpe and finish the festival on the Saturday with the Betfred Ebor Day.


13th- 16th September

St Leger Festival

This is one of the most historic classic horseracing events in the calendar at Doncaster Racecourse and this year is its 241st anniversary. Experience a four-day extravaganza packed full of interesting history, fabulous live entertainment and of course top class horseracing.


21st – 22nd October

Countryside Live

Held at the Great Yorkshire Showground, Countryside Live is one one of the most highly anticipated agricultural events of the year. There are so many hands-on activities for all ages to explore and so much to see including animals galore, fabulous food and some special VIP guests. A couple of the shows highlights for all horse lovers are the showjumping competition and the equine classes on offer.