I have it in the back of my mind that I’ll one day make it to every single CCI5* event there is. I’ve got quite a lot of work to do, as to date I’ve only managed to make it to the two North American events (Kentucky and Maryland).
Most recently, I had hoped to make my first trip to Burghley this year. In anticipation of this – and because I’m like any millennial girl and I like to plan trips I may or may not take and can probably not afford as a steady hobby – I started to pull up the logistical details about what a trip to England might look like.
Now, I’m a pretty seasoned traveler, but not internationally. Despite the security blanket that is EN’s UK and European editor, Tilly Berendt, I felt myself getting a bit overwhelmed at the idea of trekking to Burghley on my own.
Here’s where an idea like Eventing Breaks really fits the bill.
Let me back up just a bit. Building on the success of UK-based Racing Breaks, which has offered up all-inclusive travel packages to premier races such as Royal Ascot, The Kentucky Derby and Dubai World Cup to around 20,000 people each year, a subsidiary was born.
Eventing Breaks aims to offer the same type of hassle-free travel experience to eventing enthusiasts but with some unique add ons. Yes, they’ll organize all the basics like flights, airport transport, where to stay, or how to get tickets to a major event like Badminton, Burghley, or even the Olympics but they also provide some pretty cool add-ons. Like drinks with William Fox-Pitt at Badminton in his lakeside pavilion before a course-walk. At Burghley, the group enjoyed a post-xc drinks party at The English Pink Rose Co. Eventing Breaks wants to make the sport of eventing easier than ever to experience.
Back to my travel anxiety. To compare my stress levels planning a trip solo versus with the help of an Eventing Breaks experience, I did some digging into the details.
While each travel package offers slightly different experiences, here’s a look at what trips Eventing Breaks is offering in 2024 (can I sign up for all of them please?):
You can experience Kentucky like never before with an Eventing Breaks experience. Included in your package are everything from lodging, admission and reserved seating, a private course walk, daily transfers to and from the event, and much more. Your literal only job would be to shop as much as possible and take in the competition – sounds pretty ideal!
Same deal, different continent. You’ll get the high treatment as an Eventing Breaks guest at Badminton, and this is ideal for those who’ve not experienced this event before and/or who stress at the thought of international travel. They are also including a breakfast preview on Cross Country day so you can beat the traffic and get into the event early. Flights can be included so you don’t have to think about your travel plans from the moment you depart to the moment you arrive home.
Paris Olympic Games
Yes, that’s right – I said the Olympics! The hottest ticket is available through Eventing Breaks. You can secure guaranteed tickets and prime hotel lodging with the Paris 2024 package and with those in the bag you can Emily in Paris your way all the way from the Eiffel Tower to the Palace of Versailles.
You can also reserve spots in the trips heading to France for the WBFSH FEI World Young Horse Breeding Championships and to England for Burghley later in the year.
Eventing Breaks is always working on adding new experiences for their travelers. The idea of getting a better price than I can find myself one cost, logistics handled, and an insider’s view of a global event is appealing and makes the thought of making it to these special events feel that much more realistic.
But don’t take my word for it! Here are a few quotes from travelers who took part in the Eventing Breaks trip to Burghley at the end of August:
“Everything was great for our trip to Burghley. Our group got on really well and the dinner together on Saturday night was really fun. The grandstand tickets were very good. My daughter and I thoroughly enjoyed the trip and will book other excursions in the future.”
”Walking the course with Willian Fox-Pitt was amazing. Thanks for organizing everything, it was very helpful for a first time Badminton experience coming from abroad.”
“Well done team, it was a very challenging Badminton with the rain and mud and all aspects were dealt with very professionally, will definitely book again!”
Riders such as William Fox-Pitt, who led the Eventing Breaks course walk at Badminton Burghley, agree. “Eventing has been crying out for a more immersive experience for fans,” he said. “And Eventing Breaks are providing just that through their exciting packages. I thoroughly enjoyed getting to know some of Eventing Breaks’ guests at Badminton when hosting a course walk and hospitality at the Fox-Pitt Lakeside Pavilion. More opportunities for fans to meet the stars of the sport and to make events more accessible by providing the best value travel and accommodation options all in one place.”
Spots for 2024 experiences are booking now, so don’t wait! You can learn more about Eventing Breaks and start planning your next getaway here. Maybe I’ll see you there!