I truly think the Brits do horse showing right. It’s a bonus not having to drive 2 days to get to most shows but it’s really the most common mode of transportation – the horsebox (also known as a lorry) – that has really captivated me. I know that we have trailers with living quarters in North America but you really can’t imagine the glamour and comfort of the European horsebox until you see one up close and personal. They come in many shapes and sizes, with various living and horse area configurations ranging from two horses to more than six.

A base-model price: luxury doesn't come cheap!

A base-model price: luxury doesn’t come cheap!

The living areas can be equipped for ‘day living’, not unlike the dressing rooms of our trailers. The most glamorous living areas can have ‘pop outs’, areas that expand out of the side of the horsebox when it’s parked, on the sides, top or both, making more room inside. At our yard, we have a ‘work lorry’, a lorry equipped for carrying several horses, without the fancy extras that allow you to stay in comfort at a stay away show such as shower and bed.

The 'work lorry': a very basic horsebox catering to transporting the horses rather than housing princesses

The ‘work lorry’: a very basic horsebox catering to transporting the horses rather than housing princesses

This horsebox has pop-outs on the side and top!!!

This horsebox has pop-outs on the side and top!!!

The pop-outs and wood grain interiors of many horseboxes may seem ostentatious to some, but these can be real necessities for housing riders and their support teams over extended shows, such as Badminton. Clark Montgomery stays in a very nice lorry, borrowed from Christian Landolt. On Friday, I was fortunate to get a tour of the living area, complete with bed in the ‘luton’ and pop-out.

Clark Montgomery gives us a tour of his lorry at Badminton. Thanks Clark!

Side pop-out on this super fancy horsebox

Side pop-out on this super fancy horsebox

This lorry pulling a camper van is for the times when you need a little 'space'

This lorry pulling a camper van is for the times when you need a little ‘space’

Luxury comes at a price, and many of these vehicles cost as much as a house. Some people opt to convert an existing chassis or commercial container into their own custom box. Any old horse box can be rejuvenated with a good coat of paint and a fresh design on the sides. The large areas on the sides also offer an added bonus to put all your sponsor’s logos. As you can tell, I would love a horsebox, if anyone wants to kindly donate one to my cause… 😉

Horse Junkies, please help, I think I have a bad case of horsebox envy!

Céleste
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