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Royal Windsor Horse Show

Type:Sporting Event

Windsor Castle, Windsor, Berkshire, SL4 1NJ

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Royal Windsor Horse Show

About

VIRTUAL WINDSOR 2020 is an enterprising initiative aiming to help fill the gap left by the cancellation of Royal Windsor Horse Show 2020 due to Covid-19. 

VIRTUAL WINDSOR 2020 will host exciting features, the Show’s 200 shops, virtual Showing competitions, training videos, social media feeds and the best of online content from previous Royal Windsor Horse Shows and from the equestrian world at the moment.

The shops that would normally have a physical presence at the Show will be displayed on the hub, giving users the opportunity to access some of equestrian’s best brands, including the latest technical equipment, country and lifestyle collections and clothing. One of the key drivers of the “Virtual RWHS Shopping Experience” are the deals some of which will be available exclusively on the platform. 

Those visiting VIRTUAL WINDSOR 2020 can also enter online equestrian competitions, including a variety of Showing classes adhering closely to the original Royal Windsor Horse Show schedule. Those wishing to compete will upload their entry in the form of a photo to put them in the running, with applicants able to enter via email or social media. A Royal Windsor Horse Show judge will then select 10 finalists, before announcing the winner. The winners of each class will then progress to the Championships being judged on Sunday 17 May 2020. 

To further help fill the void, VIRTUAL WINDSOR 2020 will give users access to features from the official Royal Windsor Horse Show programme, content from the archives,  guest bloggers, live Q&A sessions, and insights into Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021, which is already well into its planning stage. Giving equestrian fans a central hub to find training videos, light-hearted posts, the latest updates from top competitors, and tips from other riders, VIRTUAL WINDSOR 2020 will support trainers, coaches, physios and riders who may be struggling during this time.

Show Director Simon Brooks-Ward said: “This online platform is a way for the equestrian community to come together, it aims to support and entertain, keeping the spirit of Royal Windsor Horse Show alive during this difficult time. The platform involves everyone, from fans to riders, shops, competitors and officials.  We wanted to find a way that we could support the shops at the show and engage with our competitors and customers and I’m genuinely excited to see what we can accomplish. Our hope is that it will go part of the way towards recreating the magic in Windsor Castle’s iconic private grounds that we all expected to see in May.”

Ben Buxton, Events Manager of Fairfax and Favor said: “Virtual Windsor is an exciting real and online opportunity for Fairfax and Favor to have a presence at one of the leading horse shows of the year. Whilst we may not see customers (both new and existing) in person, we relish the opportunity to connect with anyone who would have seen us, and let them see our range, including the launch of our Spring Summer 2020 collection."
 


The organisers of Royal Windsor Horse Show will be planning a bumper equestrian event for 2021.  In the meantime, read on for a taste of what the Royal Windsor Horse Show is all about; we look forward to welcoming you in person for the return of the live event 12-16 May 2021!

Royal Windsor Horse Show is the UK’s largest outdoor premier Show and takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle. For 2020 the Show will host 3* and 4* International Show Jumping as well as 4* International Dressage and 4* International Carriage Driving. There are also National classes in Show jumping and Windsor is one of the UK’s premier Showing events.

There are numerous exciting displays which take place at the Show including The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, The Musical Band of the Household Cavalry, The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National.

The site itself includes an extensive shopping village which hosts over 250 stands and there are many different places to sit and eat. It is the only time of year the public can access the private grounds of the Castle.

HM The Queen is the Show's Patron and often visits to watch her horses compete and does so on an informal basis.

Sport

Showjumping – Windsor hosts 5* international show jumping which is the highest level. Large prize fund which should attract top end riders. The biggest class of the week is the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday afternoon. There are also lots of national show jumping classes.
Dressage – a sport which combines skill, elegance and power. On Thursday all competitors will ride a set series of movements. The top competitors go through to Friday’s freestyle where they ride their own test to their choice of music. This is a 4* competition which is high level.
Driving – The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix takes place over 4 days and teams of horses and drivers compete.  These may be made up of a pair of horses or ponies or a ‘team’ which is 4 horses or ponies. On Thursday and Friday driven dressage takes place in the Driving Arena, Saturday is the marathon (a real highlight where the horses travel around the park from one obstacle to the next), and finishes on Sunday with the obstacle driving (through pairs of cones against the clock) in the Driving Arena.
Showing – Windsor is one of the UK’s premier events for Showing and there are many different championships which take place across the week.  More than 1300 horses and ponies compete in the showing classes.

Displays

he Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery – an adrenaline filled, fast paced display where teams of horses fly around the arena pulling traditional wheeled guns at full tilt.
The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Mounted Band of the Household Cavalry – A display which is renowned worldwide.  Most people would recognise them from Horse Guards Parade in London where horse and rider stand in ceremonial dress.  The Musical Ride consists of high speed, precise moves set to beautiful music. 
DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games - Five teams representing England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and Republic of Ireland take place in qualifiers throughout the week with the final taking place in the afternoon of Sun 13th.
The Shetland Pony Grand National – this involves the ponies racing over miniature Grand National style fences.

What to see and do

There are five different arenas which are accessible by all ticket holders.

In addition there is a shopping village with a new design, look and feel with over 250 shops, both equestrian and non equestrian goods.

There is also a food festival, and a marquee featuring shops from The Royal Warrant Holders.

There are restaurants, bars, cafes and food stalls throughout the site, along with a funfair.

Tickets can be bought from Royal Windsor Information Centre 01753 743589 or buy tickets online.

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Opening Times

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021 (12 May 2021 - 16 May 2021)

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