3 Stars for Royal Windsor Show

3 Stars for Royal Windsor Show

The UK’s largest outdoor equestrian show, Royal Windsor Horse Show, will become a CHI (Concours Hippique International) for the first time this year, when it introduces new international 3 star Show Jumping and Dressage competitions.

Taking place on 14th–18th May 2014, the prestigious five-day show, which has over 3,500 competitors, is the only event in the UK which stages international competitions in four different equine disciplines; Show Jumping, Dressage, Driving and Endurance. This year the total prize money has received a welcome boost bringing it to over £250,000 – a substantial increase from 2013 when it was £87,000.

The popular evening performances will once again make a return on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the show, starting at 6:30pm on each evening. The CDI3* FEI Dressage Grand Prix takes place on Thursday 15th May in the evening, with the CDI3* FEI Dressage Kur taking place 24 hours later on Friday 16th May. Spectators on Saturday evening will be treated to the CSI3* King’s Cup, which is worth an impressive £53,000. The highlight of the Sunday afternoon performance is the CSI3* Alltech Grand Prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy which will see the winner take home £35,000. Five out of eight of the show jumping classes during Royal Windsor, qualify for FEI rider rankings.

Driving has been a key feature of the show since 1971, when HRH The Duke of Edinburgh persuaded show organisers to introduce an international carriage driving competition under FEI rules. It continues to be a highlight of the show, with competitions taking place in the Driven Dressage Arena, Home Park from Thursday to Sunday and the Marathon taking place around the beautiful private grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday 17th May.

As well as the international competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping, Driving and Endurance, there will be over 130 showing classes during the five days. Royal Windsor is a highlight of the British showing calendar and regarded as the start to the summer season. There will also be classic equestrian displays including the The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, as well as the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games, the Shetland Pony Grand National and an Arab Horse Display from Bahrain.

The layout of the show has significantly evolved over the last 70 years and this year it develops once again to allow for the new 3 star competitions, including a temporary warm up ring and improved facilities for owners and competitors. There will be over 220 trade stands selling a huge variety of goods ranging from all things equestrian to homeware and fashion, and in addition there is a Food Festival Area, celebrating the very best of British produce.

A new ticket pricing strategy has been introduced this year, with free admission to all visitors on ‘Windsor Wednesday’ – the 14th May for the first time and children are also free of charge on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday 15th May the admission fee for adults will be £16 and on Friday 16th May it will be £19. On Saturday 17th May and Sunday 18th May showground entry will be £25 for adults and £10 for children. There are discounts for group bookings and family value tickets for two adults and three children for £60 on either Saturday or Sunday.

Once again the show receives loyal and important support from The Kingdom of Bahrain and sponsors Jaguar Land Rover, Laurent Perrier, DAKS, Hermes and Alltech.

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