The Borders – celebrating all things equestrian

The Scottish Borders and Northumberland is one of the leading region’s for equestrian related activities in the UK.

With over 400km of horse trails to choose from, it is a popular destination for horse lovers all year round.

And to make life easier for visitors to the region there’s even a B&B service for horses and ponies in the Scottish Borders.

The five-star Horses Welcome initiative successfully established under the guiding hand of the British Horse Society (Borders) now offers 10 quality assured stops.

The Scottish Borders, too, lays claim to one of the region’s top annual festivals.

The Borders Festival of the Horse, unique in the UK, is a celebration of all things equestrian and features a programme of around 40 events spread over two weeks in May.

This year the event celebrates its 10th anniversary and Equestrian Borders at www.exploretheborders will be flagging up all events and news of the forthcoming festival as announcements are made.

In 2010 organisers welcomed over 10,000 people during the festival fortnight and are hoping more people will take up the invitation to take part and enjoy what’s on offer this year.
Floors Castle Horse Trials, which attracts top riders from all over the UK, guided rides, open days, competitions and demonstrations are all regular favourites.

The festival has grown year on year since its inception in 2001 when it was launched to help the region bounce back from the devastation caused by the foot and mouth epidemic.

The Borders Festival of the Horse attracts visitors from a wide area through Scotland and England and hope the Horses Welcome scheme will encourage more riders and families to bring their horses on holiday.

Ideas for the festival are always welcome and should be sent to British Horse Society development officer for Scotland Helene Mauchlen at

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