The World comes to Royal Windsor Horse Show for 2012
25th January 2012
Tickets now on sale for a once-in-a-lifetime equestrian festival held at Her Majesty The Queen’s private grounds
9 – 13 May 2012 at Windsor Castle
Celebrating nearly 70 years, this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show will host a glittering array of red carpet stars and their horses in celebration of Her Majesty The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee. For the first time in history, visitors to Royal Windsor Horse Show will be privy to the global stars of the equestrian world, who will be at Windsor Castle for The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrations. From Italy’s Carosello de Carabiniere, Canada’s Royal Canadian Mounted Police and Oman’s Royal Cavalry Activity Ride, to Russia’s display from the Kremlin Equestrian School, India’s Marwarhi Dancing Horses, and Australia’s New South Wales Police Force Activity Ride, this year’s show promises to be a truly historic and memorable event.
As the first major outdoor show of the season, and the only annual event that allows visitors access to Her Majesty The Queen’s private grounds at Windsor, this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show is set to be bigger and better than ever before. Over 3,000 horses and ponies, including Her Majesty’s own, will take part in over 170 classes; from firm favourites such as The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix, top class Show Jumping, 150 Showing classes, to the ever popular displays including , The Pony Club Mounted Games, Tent Pegging and The Best Turned Out Trooper.
Simon Brooks Ward, Managing Director of H Power and Event Director said: “We are enormously excited by the international stars that will be joining us at this year’s line-up for Royal Windsor Horse Show. And it’s wonderful to be able to bring a flavour of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant celebrations to our loyal horse show visitors. As a passionate horsewoman, The Royal Windsor Horse Show is close to The Queen’s heart, and every year she attends to watch her horses and ponies compete.”
This year’s five-day equestrian extravaganza kicks off with Hunter Showing classes and the Horse & Hound Foxhunter jumping competition on Wednesday 9th May and culminates in The Alltech Grand Prix on Sunday 13th May.
Royal Windsor Horse Show attracts riders of all ages and disciplines, from team GBR competitors to grass roots riders who have qualified through the AmTrust Equine Royal Windsor Horse Show British Riding Clubs Championships, supported by PONY and Horse & Rider Magazines.
Home to more than 200 shops, where you can find everything from all types of equestrian goodies, to jewellery, clothing, homeware and arts and crafts. The event also boasts a fantastic food and drink festival, as well as a 4 x 4 course and a generous selection of bars, restaurants and cafes for visitors to enjoy.
The annual event attracts over 40,000 horse-loving enthusiasts from around the UK with a broad range of attendees.
Tickets for The Royal Windsor Horse Show go on sale at 10am on Wednesday 25th January and are priced between £10 and £20 with various discounts available for groups, seniors and children. Tickets are available from Windsor Information Centre which is located in The Old Booking Hall, Windsor Royal Shopping, tel 01753 743909 or call the box office on 0844 581 4960. For further information and a confirmed programme of events please visit www.rwhs.co.uk.