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Giddy up- Rutland’s Festival of the Horse Posted On 10 September 2021

Don’t miss a trip to Belvoir Castle this Weekend


This weekend Belvoir Castle will host the first ever Festival of the Horse, the fields and grounds of the castle will be host to over 40 horses and their riders.


The history of Belvoir Castle is entwined with horses. From the time that Robert De Todeni, Flag Bearer of William the Conqueror, built the first Belvoir Castle in 1067, there has been a continuous story of horses at Belvoir, from riding horses for pleasure, sport and war to those used for transport and agriculture. This new event will celebrate horses in all their glory at this picturesque location.

Visitors will witness the soldiers and horses of Her Majesty’s Household Cavalry – whose regiments have served the Crown for over 350 years – as they parade in full ceremonial dress. The magnificent Calvary will be joining the programme of equestrian led entertainment from the jousting Knights of Nottingham to the fierce Cossack warriors from the steppes of Russia.

Head of events Charlotte Whalley said: “With a late summer heatwave forecast, this is a great opportunity to enjoy a wonderful family outdoor event in a stunning setting. Whether you are a horse lover or not there is something for everyone! We’re so excited to present such a fantastic line up of world class acts which we’re sure will be a real crowd pleaser. There will be two main arenas with events throughout the day as follows:


Main Granby Arena

11.00 – Cavalier Horse Show

11.45 – Interval

12.30 – International Cossack Show

1.15 – Tentpegging Competition (The ancient sport of tent pegging – which originated in Asia – will see riders show their skills as they attempt to remove wooden pegs from the ground with a sharp lance while at a full gallop.)

2.00 – Polo Cross Demo followed by Meet the Polo ponies

2.45 – Interval

3.15 – Cavalier Horse Show

4.00 – International Cossack Show

4.45 – Finish –Grand Parade. All Performers


Knights Arena

11.45 – Jousting Show

12.45 – Household Cavalry Meet and Greet

1.15 – Interval

2.15 – Jousting Show

3.00 – Meet the Belvoir Hounds

3.30 – Household Cavalry Meet and Greet

4.00 – Finish


As well as an action-packed schedule at the arenas, there will be free pony rides and craft activities for children and artisan food and drink stands for all to enjoy.

Tickets are available at £25 per adult, £10 per child with under 8s going free. Gates open at 10am with the programme running each day from 11am until 5pm. Free parking for ticketholders is provided at the event and dogs are welcome on leads. To purchase tickets, visit:


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