At Thornton Lodge Equestrian we hold a series of competitions throughout the year covering all disciplines, cross country, show jumping and dressage and Mini One Day Events. Please follow the links on the events page to find detailed information on each event.
In spring we start the season with our first hunter trial towards the end of May. This is a very popular event with entries starting to arrive as soon as the date is published on the website. With a huge range of classes available, including the nanny and novice, there is something to suit everyone from the minimus rider on the smaller 1'6" fences to the serious competitor tackling the challenging open course.
A second hunter trial is held in September and a third at the end of October to round off the competition season and has an obvious Halloween theme to coincide with the date! Prizes are awarded for the best costume in each class and the fences have a suitably ghoulish appearance with many a witch’s hat and black cat being scattered around the course. Again always popular early entries are recommended leaving plenty of time to decide whether to come in costume or to stick with the more conventional cross country outfit! Please have a look at our upcoming events page for further details.
OUR HUNTER TRIALS ARE NOW QUALIFIERS FOR THE HORSEWARE CHAMPIONSHIP FINALS HELD AT ELAND LODGE IN OCTOBER. THE FIRST 3 PLACES IN THE JUNIOR NOVICE, SENIOR NOVICE, PAIRS AND OPEN CLASSES WILL QUALIFY.
On Friday evenings during April, May and June dressage and show jumping and Mini One Day Event competitions are held. At Thornton Lodge we firmly place the emphasis on enjoyable competition in a warm, friendly and supportive atmosphere and these Friday night events are the perfect place to bring a young horse or for the rider to take the first tentative steps back into the competition scene. Attracting a huge variety of ages and abilities along with horses and ponies of all shapes and sizes no one ever feels left out and many people have arrived full of nerves and worry only to leave with a huge smile and a rosette! A clear round competition is held to get the evening underway and the show jumping starts with a 65cm course working up to a 95cm one, while the dressage has a prelim and a novice test. You may enter as many classes as you like but we ask you to book the dressage in advance although the show jumping can be booked on the night.