Watch the Sport of Eventing - Become a Spectator
If you don't ride or have a horse, Eventing is a sport where you can still be close to the action. Events at all levels welcome spectators and offer the opportunity to see the world's top riders in action and it's often free to get in!
Plus, the riders are extremely accessible and always happy to sign an autograph or pose for a picture.
Questions on becoming a British Eventing Spectator
How do I know when and where the events are on?
What if the weather is bad, how do I know the event is still running?
What can I expect to find at each event?
What clothing should I wear?
Will there be somewhere to park?
How much will it cost?
This website has a full fixtures list of over 190 events with their details. The list is in date order but you can refine your search by county, level or date to help you pinpoint your local events. Also, you might consider joining British Eventing as a Non-Competing Member. As part of your membership fee you will receive a year's subscription to the British Eventing Life Magazine which contains full schedules for all events, BE rule book and a car pass which gains entry into all one day fixtures (not CIC** and above international events).
Many events are at some of the country's most beautiful locations, unique farmland settings and stately homes, often not open to the public at any other time. All events will have catering facilities of some description and most have a range of trade stands.
You can of course bring your own picnic and set up wherever takes your fancy - provided you're not in the middle of the competition! All spectators can walk the cross country course and get extremely close to the action. Dogs are generally very welcome but must be kept on leads at all times. Most events still offer you the opportunity to purchase a programme with details about the event and all the competitors and horses taking part but some events these days may offer instead a mobile app with fully up to date information of the competition. But there will be an area, usually at the Secretaries tent, where you'll find the scoreboards so you can keep up with the scores.
Obviously you have to dress for the weather - but as we live in a country with the most unpredictable weather - you're advised to pack everything from a water-proof jacket to sun tan lotion! If you forget your jacket, there's bound to be a trade stand to buy one! Sensible footwear is an essential - you will do a lot of walking and probably all on grass so good sturdy soled shoes/boots are vital.
All events have a public car park.
Entry to each event varies. The lower levels may be free but as the level of competition gets higher, so does the entrance fee. Check with each event for details.
If you have any further questions, do not hesitate to email us using the form below.