A record number of entries have been received for this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show which takes place on Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 May 2014, in the private grounds of Windsor Castle.
As the first major outdoor equine show of the season and the largest of its kind in the UK, it has once again seen exceptional support with a record breaking 2,300 entries in total for the National Show Jumping and Showing classes. This new record comes in the same year that the Show becomes a CHI (Concours Hippique International) for the first time, when it introduces new international 3 star Show Jumping and Dressage competitions.
Nominated entries for the CSI3* Jumping, CDI3* Dressage and CAI3* Driving competitions will be made available on 18th April.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Managing Director of HPower and Event Director said: “We have had really encouraging entries this year, breaking all records. The competitors have given the thumbs up to Windsor and we will do our utmost to make them all welcome.”
He continued: “If you add the international Dressage, Driving, Jumping and Endurance entries, the show this year will have a new competitive feel to it. With three evening performances and over 2,300 horses visiting the showground, it should be a bumper year for the 71 year old show.”
The show will be hosting 130 National Showing classes, which comprise of the majority of entries for this year. Within these entries, five of Her Majesty The Queen’s own horses will be competing, two of which will be ridden by top show producer, Katie Jerram, including ex-racehorse ‘Barber’s Shop,’ who will be competing in the popular Tattersalls and RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse class.
Amongst the National Show Jumping entries, is the former Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Winner Pippa Funnell. She will be battling it out alongside husband William Funnell in The Horse & Hound Foxhunter class, held on the first day of the show.
The exciting competitions as well as other dazzling scenes, can all be watched free of charge on the opening day of the show, dubbed ‘Windsor Wednesday’. For the first time in the history of the show, the organisers will allow all spectators free entry to the show ground; a great and inexpensive day out for the family.
Over 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the 71st year of the Royal Windsor Horse Show which offers its audience astounding displays in the main Castle Arena, such as The Musical Ride from the Household Calvary and The King’s Troop Musical Drive, the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. As well as the equestrian competitions and activities, there are over 200 shops in the Shopping Village, with a wide range of goods for sale, from jewellery and fashion, to food and drink found in the Food Festival, all unseen on the High Street.