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4 December Horse Festivals in England You Should Go To

The Ladbrokes Winter Festival

When: December 1-2, 2017

Where: Newbury

Watch horses races like there’s no tomorrow in Newbury! The Ladbrokes Gold Cup, which started in 1957, has always been the highlight of the town’s winter season.

The 3m 21/2f race has been the first main staying chase ever since. It also provides a pointer to the Cheltenham Gold Cup and Grand National later in the season.

The race is known for its exciting, and sometimes unexpected, happenings. The atmosphere won’t just excite you; it may even persuade you to join next season!

Tingle Creek Christmas Festival

When: December 8-9, 2017

Where: Sandown Park

If you’re interested in a fierce fight, you’ll enjoy Sandown’s two-mile Tingle Creek Chase. Competing in this prestigious race is also considered a significant advantage if you want to compete in Queen Mother Champion Chase at the famous Cheltenham Festival.

Sandown offers one of the most contemporary and attractive racecourses in England, and it always accommodates huge crowds. So if you’re going to visit, better be way ahead of everybody and bring a spotting scope with you! It’ll help you look at the details of the racetrack as well as who’s leading! To get you started, there’s a scope for spotting found here.

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32Red Christmas Festival

When: December 26-27, 2017

Where: Kempton Park

Watch and be part of the King George VI Chase this year! It’s the race to see if you want to see top chasers go head to head with one another!

This day is also filled with a lot of entertainment that lures an exceptionally large crowd.

This event began in 1937 as a sign of reverence to the new monarch, King George.

You can also enjoy the Christmas Hurdle (2m) and the Feltham Novices’ Chase (3m). Similar to the King George, these two Grade 1 races are also ranked as prestigious races of their type.

Coral Welsh Grand National

When: December 27, 2017

Where: Chepstow

One of the huge attractions of high-class jump racing after Christmas is the Welsh National in Chepstow.

It’s not difficult to love the place because it can be easily accessed from the chief cities of South Wales and from across the Severn river.

In this event, you’ll notice your heart beating fast as the contenders attempt to surpass the course with harsh undulations.

The Welsh National features the 3m5f handicap chase, the Grade 1 Finale Junior Hurdle, and the Grade 2 Championship Bumper.

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Best Places to Visit if You Love Horses

Finding a vacation spot where you can be around horses should not be difficult. After all, there are several destinations where you can probably find at least one horse riding facility. Many tour operators offer horseback riding as one of their outdoor adventures. Still, there is probably nothing quite like the experience of a horse-centered travel. Imagine going to places where you can get up close and interact with the finest horses or enjoy horseback riding in the most scenic trails. Here are some of the best destinations that horse lovers should add to their list of must-see places.

Cappadocia, Turkey

Cappadocia

Cappadocia is known not only for its scenic sights. It is also a popular horseback riding destination that continues to draw people from different parts of the world. The Land of Beautiful Horses was once known for its hot blooded breed of horses called the Akhal-Tekes. Visitors who choose to explore Cappadocia on horses can expect to travel around with fit, reliable, and sure-footed rides. Horse riding in the midst of spectacular scenery passing along ancient villages and natural wonders has all the makings of an unforgettable trip.

Kentucky, USA

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Kentucky may not be the birthplace of horse racing. But it is certainly a world renowned destination not only for avid horse racers but also for horse lovers in general. The Kentucky Derby draws crowds to watch the races and enjoy the festivities surrounding the event. Horse enthusiasts are also drawn to Lexington which is home to the Kentucky Horse Park. The park covers over 1000 acres with attractions that include competition facilities, the Hall of Champions, horseback trail and pony rides, museums, walking tours, and more. It is a massive horse-themed park that offers plenty of things to see and do for the curious and the self-professed horse lovers.

Siena, Italy

Siena Italy

Siena is a Tuscan town that offers more than stunning scenery. It is also home to a famous horse race known as Palio di Siena. Two times each year the town square becomes the epicenter of the famous bareback race that has been held since the medieval times. The rules vary from the traditional horse racing seen in race courses throughout the world. Horses and riders have to navigate a challenging course that includes treacherous inclines and turns. A great way to enjoy the festive vibe is to watch the horse race trials a few days leading to the main event.

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