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International Horse Trials and Racing in the Cotswolds

Committed race-goers, horse trial enthusiasts and newcomers to horse events alike have plenty of excitement on offer when visiting the Cotswolds.

World renowned racing festivals and international three day events bring thousands of visitors to the area each year. Come and see top jockeys and riders, many of whom are household names, in action through the season.

Manor Cottages offers self-catering accommodation throughout the Cotswolds, many properties being only a short drive away from the racecourses and estates playing host to some of the most spectacular performers and performances in their field.

Cheltenham Festival 10th-13th March 2015

Now only a few weeks away, the Cheltenham Festival is second to none for atmosphere and is certainly a highlight of the National Hunt racing calendar. The Festival runs from 10th -13th March and comprises Champion Day, Ladies Day, St Patrick┬Ès Thursday and Gold Cup Day.

The Cheltenham Gold Cup is the climax of the entire Jump racing season and is arguably the best day┬Ès racing of the year. Other highlights over the 4 day festival include the Stan James Champion Hurdle, the Queen Mother Champion Chase and the St Patrick┬Ès Derby, raising money for the Injured Jockeys Fund. For more information visit: Cheltenham Racecourse.

Self catering properties conveniently located for access to Cheltenham include:Calcot Peak Barn, sleeping 4 and Colt Horse Cottage sleeping 5, both in Crickley Barrow. Also The Little House in Compton Abdale.

Come and join in the ┬ôCheltenham Roar┬õ and see some of the bravest horses and jockeys, famous trainers and owners and a whole range of characters having the time of their lives!

Other racecourses nearby offering plenty of racing action include Bath, Stratford, Warwick, Salisbury and Worcester. Check out the racing calendar here: racing calendar.

Badminton Horse Trials 6th-10th May

Badminton Horse Trials is one of the toughest and most exciting three day event competitions. Horses and riders compete over the three days in different disciplines. The dressage phase tests obedience, discipline, accuracy and elegance. Fitness and athleticism are key to completing the 4 mile cross country course day and on the final day a course of show-jumps tests agility and accuracy at speed.

International Events are graded with stars according to their level of difficulty and Badminton is a 4 Star Event, the highest grade and one of only 6 such events in the world.

To come and see world class professionals in action and enjoy the whole Badminton experience, suggested holiday cottages nearby include: Somerford Cottage, sleeping 6 in Great Somerford, Wren┬Ès Cottage in Biddestone, sleeping 6 (+2) and Comedy Stables in Christian Malford, sleeping 2 (+2)

Other international horse trials include:

The Festival of British Eventing at Gatcombe Near Stroud

Visit Gatcombe, held courtesy of HRH The Princess Royal and running from 7th-9th August 2015 .

Properties nearby include: Gig Mill, sleeping 4 Gig and Batemans Cottage sleeping 5 Batemans.

The Blenheim international Horse Trials, Woodstock, 17th-20th September

are also firmly established in the eventing calendar. In addition to the three day action there are lots of other activities, including sponsored Pony Club and Riding Club Team Competitions and the Eventers High Jump Challenge.

As with all of these impressive horse trial events, there are many family friendly displays and a huge variety of shopping and food and drink outlets.

To book a holiday property to enjoy the Blenheim Horse Trials, search the Manor Cottages website: Manor Cottages and look for properties in Woodstock.

If you would like more information or to help with your holiday property choice then please call our friendly staff on 01993 824252 or visit our website Manor Cottages.