The Royal Windsor Horse Show has been given CHI (Concours Hippique International) status this year with the introduction of new international three-star showjumping and dressage competitions.
The UK’s largest outdoor equestrian show, the Royal Windsor Horse Show takes place this year over five days in May from the 14th to the 18th. With more than 3500 competitors, it is the only event in the UK which stages international competitions in four equestrian disciplines: showjumping, 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. CDI3* FEI Dressage Grand Prix and Kur events take place on Thursday and Friday night, and Saturday night features the £53,000 CSI3* King’s Cup, which is followed by the £35,000 CSI3* Alltech Grand Prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy on Sunday afternoon.
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 private grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday, May 17.
There will also be more than 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.
Admission is free to all visitors on ‘Windsor Wednesday’ May 14, and there is also free entry for children on Thursday and Friday.