Horse Lovers' Sussex

 

Every horse lover knows that the best place to see anywhere is from the back of a horse - and Sussex is no exception!  With stunning scenery and lots of horse know-how about, there's plenty to see an do.

Show jumping  
Sussex is the home of the famous Hickstead,  home to show jumping and polo.  Not far away you'll find the South of England Agricultural Societyhome to many events including dogs shows & pony club events.   

Horse riding 
There are a number of riding schools in Sussex, and the British Horse Society (BHS) has a list of approved riding schools.  Please don't forget to be honest about your weight & experience, so that the riding school can give you the most appropriate horse

Horse racing 
Sussex boasts a number of racing courses, including Goodwood (horses battle it out below), Fontwell Park & Plumpton.  

Heavy Horse Experience Days & Courses 
The Weald & Downland Museum has Heavy Horse Courses & Experiences, including Care & Management of Heavy Horses, Ploughing, Horse Logging and Driving Heavy Horse

Retired Racehorses
Sussex has the Moorcroft Racehorse Welfare Centre which is an amazing place taking in racehorses whose racing career is over and retraining them for various second careers, which may include roles as companion horses. 

Polo
There are a number of Polo matches at Cowdray Park, but also at Hickstead.  If you know someone who's always wanted to have a polo experience, then head to Red Letter Days who have four polo experiences to choose from in Surrey.   There's an Introduction to Polo for 2 and a half hours, giving you the chance to learn the basic rules and theory of polo by expert instructors. Then have lots of time to practice polo riding, ball hitting, hooking, and riding off. After training change into proper polo gear and mount your horse, and then it's time to put what has been learnt into practice by playing an instructional chukka.  If you want this for two people,
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