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Royal Windsor Horse Show is the UK’s largest outdoor premier Show and takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. The Show hosts 5* International Show Jumping (which is the highest level possible) as well as 4* International dressage and 4* International Carriage Driving. There are also national classes in jumping and Windsor is one of the UK’s premier Showing events.
There are numerous exciting displays which take place at the Show including The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, The Musical Drive of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National.
The site itself includes an extensive shopping village which hosts over 250 stands and there are many different places to sit and eat. It is the only time of year the public can access the private ground of the Castle.
There are 5 different arenas, access to which is included in a general entry ticket. The main Castle arena has grandstand seating which can be reserved for the day and evening (separately) depending on the ticket type.
A day ticket includes admission during the day and an unreserved seat in the evening, so visitors may be disappointed. An evening ticket reserved a seat for the evening show.
General Entry tickets gives unreserved access to all arenas, shopping village and food courts. It does not include access to the Windsor or Members Enclosure.
New for 2017, The Windsor Enclosure, offers audiences an option positioned between general entry and membership. The offer includes a reserved seat for either the daytime or evening performance at the Castle Arena and access to the Windsor Enclosure which has a deli food offer, champagne bar and lawn area.
Royal Windsor Horse Show membership is the Show’s premier ticket offer. Membership allows access to the Members Enclosure and terrace as well as dedicated members seating which is located in The Queen’s Stand, adjacent to The Royal Enclosure. In The Members Enclosure there is a restaurant which serves sit down, waitress served meals as well as a deli option and a bar
The programme and times may change and visitors are advised to check the programme on the Royal Windsor Horse Show's website before travelling to the show.
Windsor has 5 different arenas which all host different classes across the week: The Castle Arena (main arena), Frogmore (primarily for jumping) and the Copper Horse and Adelaide (both primarily for showing) and a driving arena. A detailed timetable of classes will be online www.rwhs.co.uk. Highlights are listed below:
Wednesday 10th May – National Show Jumping and Dressage
Thursday 11th Daytime – Amateur Show Jumping, Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry
Thursday 11th Evening – 4* International Grand Prix Dressage, Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery
Friday 12th Daytime – 5* Showjumping, Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games
Friday 12th Evening – 4* International Freestyle Dressage, Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery
Saturday 13th Daytime – 5* Showjumping, 4* Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix: Marathon Stage, Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games
Saturday 13th Evening – 5* Showjumping, Arena Carriage Driving, Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery
Sunday 14th Daytime – 5* Showjumping, Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, The Rolex Grand Prix
Showjumping – this is the first year Windsor hosts 5* show jumping which is the highest level. Large prize fund which should attract top end riders. The biggest class of the week is the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon
Dressage – a sport combined of skill, elegance and power. On Thursday evening all competitors will ride a set series of movements. The top competitors go through to Friday’s freestyle where they ride their own test to their choice of music. This is a 4* competition for 2017 which is high level.
Driving – The Land Rover International Grand Prix takes place over 4 days and teams of horses and drivers compete in different areas. On Thursday and Friday driven dressage takes place, Saturday is the marathon (a real highlight where obstacles around the park are tackled), and finishes on Sunday with the obstacle driving (through pairs of cones against the clock).
Showing – Windsor is one of the UK’s premier events for Showing and there are many different championships which take place across the week.
The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment – A display which is renowned worldwide. Most people would recognise them from Horse Guards Parade in London where horse and rider stand in ceremonial dress. The Musical Ride consists of high speed, precise moves set to beautiful music.
The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery – an adrenaline filled, fast paced display where teams of horses fly around the arena pulling traditional wheeled guns at full tilt.
DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games - Five teams representing England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland take place in qualifiers throughout the week with the final taking place in the afternoon of Sun 15th.
The Shetland Pony Grand National – this involves the ponies racing over miniature Grand National style fences.
Tent Pegging - A military competition where the horseman rides at a gallop and uses a sword, lance or revolver to pierce, pick up and carry small ground targets. Tent Pegging takes place on Thurs 11th May.