Gatcombe Horse Trials!🐎

If you love Horses and Dogs then Gatcombe is the place for you! 

This Saturday I had the day off work (Hurray!!) to go spend the day at Gatcombe. 

Show Jumping!

This was my first time here but definitely won't be my last! 

Gatcombe is a good day trip as you can get most of it done in one day as it's not too big or crowded(On for the whole weekend!).

At the start of the day we sat down and watched the show jumping! 


If you fancy going to a quite place to sit down, why not go watch some dressage! I found it quite peaceful and quiet watching dressage(also very beautiful to watch).

The Main Event

Cross Country!!

Theres loads of different places to go watch the Cross Country (when it stops raining).

My favourite spot to watch it was by the Land Rover jump on the hill, as you can see most of the other jumps and see them canter off towards the finish line.

Unfortunately when we went to go watch the Cross Country it starting bucketing it down with rain, thunder and lighting so I had to buy a new coat as I found out mine wasn't very waterproof!

But luckily there are loads of clothing stands with SALES on (Bagged myself a warm coat for £10!!).


One of my favourite shows that we watched had to be the action horses (Used for tv&film like GOT!).

The bond they had with their horses were unbelievable, and the stunts they created were amazing!

It crazy how much trust they have on those horses to be able to do stuff like this.

Dogs Dogs Dogs!!

If your dog loves a long walk and can handle lots of rain and thunder, then they will love Gatcombe! so lovely seeing all the dogs there.


Lastly but not least, THE SHETLAND GRAND NATIONAL! What can i say about this?! Apart from how entertaining this is to watch!

It's such a fab idea! Seeing those little ponies getting an attitude racing each other, Absolutely hilarious.

My tips:

  • WEAR WELLIES!! And take umbrella!!
  • Take a picnic! Can be nice when watching the cross country.
  • Buy the brochure, theres so much going on, so don't miss out.
  • Take cash! Most places take card but when buying food and drink you need cash.
  • Move around! There is so much going on everywhere try not to miss out on anything.


  1. I’ve never been to Gatcombe, but would love to visit. I didn’t actually realise that the event also had so much other things going on, as well as the Event Riders Masters!! It will definitely be worth a visit now! Great post!

  2. Gosh, I love a good horse show day! I haven’t watched a competition in a long time but it’s always fun. Cross Country can be so gripping I’m always on the of my seat whenever watching it. How cute are the Shetlands!

    1. Same! It’s been a while for me too, but now I’ve been to Gatcombe i want to go to lots more!! It really can especially the water jumps that always has me out of my seat!
      Very cute and surprisingly very fast!!

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