Fifteen of Europe’s best dressage riders are to be invited to the new international-status competition at this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The show also marks the return after four years of top-level dressage, with five riders from Britain and 10 from abroad in the CDI3* FEI Dressage Grand Prix on the evening of Thursday 15 May and the CDI3* FEI Dressage Freestyle on the evening of Friday 16 May. It is expected that there will be six nations competing in total.
And another 12 riders will be invited for an inaugural Advanced Medium Freestyle Dressage Championship, with top finishers from the NAF Five Star Dressage Winter Championships at Hartpury College and the Advanced Medium Freestyle Final in April joining two wild cards to be offered at the discretion of the Organising Committee. The Royal Windsor Freestyle Challenge will be staged on the afternoon of ‘Windsor Wednesday’ (14 May) when Windsor will throw open its gates to all visitors offering free of charge entry for the day.
The addition of the International Dressage competition allows Windsor to reintroduce its popular evening programmes, which will also include equestrian displays from The Household Cavalry and The King’s Troop, as well as The Pony Club Mounted Games, The Shetland Pony Grand National and an Arab Horse Display from Bahrain.
As well as international dressage, Royal Windsor Horse Show 2014 introduces CSI3* show jumping to its already established international driving and endurance competitions.
The 71st running of the Royal Windsor Horse Show takes place on 14-18 May in the grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.