You are in for a treat as seven of the World's top 20 Show Jumpers, dressage favourite Carl Hester and World No. 1 driver Boyd Exell are all set to compete at this year's Royal Windsor Horse Show!
Heading the field in the CSI5* Show Jumping is World No. 2 Kent Farrington (USA), who will be looking to reclaim his title in the Rolex Grand Prix, which takes place on Sunday 14th May, with an increased prize fund of £258,000.
Scott Brash heads to Windsor with a top string of horses. He will be joined by his Olympic gold medal winning teammate Ben Maher, and home favourites Jessica Mendoza, Laura Renwick and John and Michael Whitaker.
Also looking to claim part of the unprecedented total prize fund of £520,000 will be the notoriously speedy Lorenzo de Luca (ITA), World No. 14 Bertram Allen (IRL), and Nicola Philippaerts (BEL), recent winner of the Grand Prix at the FEI World Cup™ Finals in Omaha.
Carl Hester will be returning to Windsor after his victory in 2015, this time with new ride, Barolo, to compete in the CDI4* Dressage on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th evenings. Find out what Carl has to say about competing at Windsor, and his views on dressage in our video below.
Four-time British Olympian, Richard Davison will be looking to steal Carl’s crown with homebred gelding Bubblingh, as will Lara Butler (neé Griffith) who will be contesting her first international of the year with Rubin Al Asad.
Strengthening the home team will be Hayley Watson-Greaves with Rubins Nite and former British team member Gareth Hughes aboard Don Carissimo.
The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix
With drivers from 14 nations participating, the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix promises to bring spectacular competition to Windsor from Thursday 11th to Sunday 14th May. Among the 25 competitors in the horse fours is Australia’s Boyd Exell, reigning World Champion and seven-time winner at Royal Windsor.
Boyd will be closely challenged by all three members of the Netherlands’ World Championship gold medal winning team, Ijsbrand Chardon, Koos de Ronde and Theo Timmerman, who collectively, have been unbeaten at a World Championship since 2008.
For more information visit www.rwhs.co.uk