by bringing olympians to the south west
by raising standards within the sport of equestrianism
by providing a platform for future stars

Bicton Arena is widely regarded as the finest equestrian facility in the South West, offering a thrilling cross country course through the undulating terrain of stunning Grade 1 listed parkland.

Situated in the majestic setting of rolling Devon parkland, its close proximity to Junction 30 of the M5 means it is easily accessible and attracts competitors and spectators from across the South West and beyond.

what we do and why

The Arena attracts in the region of 10,000 competing horses each year, with many more non-competing riders taking part in camps and training days.

Competitions are held throughout the year that are affiliated to the governing bodies of British Eventing, British Showjumping and British Dressage. There are also numerous unaffiliated competitions across each discipline, along with many residential camps and clinics taken by leading trainers and riders.

We pride ourselves on hosting efficient and professionally run competitions, clinics and schooling hire to all levels of riders.

For further information and for details of events, schooling and clinics, please visit the Bicton Arena website: bicton arena website

Bicton arena

Bicton Arena is widely regarded as the leading equestrian venue in the South West of England and was recently voted number one Show Centre in the UK by Horse & Hound readers. The venue boasts superb facilities, including a fantastic cross country course located in the grade one listed parkland, two superb all weather competition arenas along with its iconic TopSpec Main Arena. Two further grass competition arenas compliment the extensive facilities available.

The established infra-structure includes 116 permanent stables, with an additional 200 temporary stables on-site, as well as a purpose built toilet/shower block, marquee clubhouse, café and bar.


Bicton Arena run British Dressage competitions once a month with levels varying from Prelim – Inter II. We will also be hosting the Petplan Area Festival Semi Finals for from 2017 to 2019.

Unaffiliated Dressage is held once a month throughout the year and we also add weekday evening dressage in the summer months, with additional horse trials tests in the early spring.

For details of any of our dressage events, please visit our Events Calendar for further information.

events calendar

horse trials

Bicton Arena hosts two International Horse Trials per season along with its smaller British Eventing Affiliated Horse Trials aimed more at Grass Roots riders. National classes are run from BE80 level up to Intermediate level with CIC1* & CIC2* classes taking place at the two International competitions.

The venue regularly welcomes Olympic and World-Class riders to Bicton Horse Trials as well as providing a platform for young talent to realise their potential. All three events are open to the public, with the main draw being the April and August International competitions.

events calendar

show jumping

Bicton Arena runs both affiliated show jumping (BS) and unaffiliated show jumping throughout the year. We host numerous multi-day BS Shows through the summer months, our busiest one being the May Spectacular where we run Horse of the Year Show (HOYS) Qualifiers and stable in excess of 650 horses on site.

These shows make use of all our arenas, both all-weather and grass, with the showcase classes being held in the iconic TopSpec Main Arena.

Whilst the multi-day shows only run through the summer months, we also run single days of BS in October, February and March on the Everys all-weather arena.

Unaffiliated showjumping runs all year round, normally making use of the Everys all-weather arena.

For details of any of our showjumping shows, please visit our Events Calendar for further information.

events calendar