Windsor horse show entries top 4000

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A 120km endurance ride in the Great Park is being run as part of the Windsor Royal Horse show for the first time.
A 120km endurance ride in the Great Park is being run as part of the Windsor Royal Horse show for the first time.

Record entries have been received by Royal Windsor Horse Show organisers for this year’s 70th anniversary show early next month.

Some 4095 entries have been made for the 174 classes for the show, from May 8 to 12.  Over three years, entries have increased by 40%.

The show is also hosting its first international endurance ride in the Great Park. Supported by The Kingdom of Bahrain, the ride will attract competitors from the Middle East and Europe and will cover 120km of the outstanding landscape.

The showjumping entries for the event include entries from London 2012 Olympic Gold Medal winner, Peter Charles. He will be competing in The Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix alongside other household names, including Tim Stockdale, Tina Fletcher, Will Funnell, Trevor Breen and David McPherson.

With the Inter Schools Show Jumping competition now well established in its third year at the Show, Royal Windsor has introduced ‘The University Challenge’. Four university teams will be battling it out on Thursday, May 9, in the British Horse Society Arena. Royal Windsor hopes to establish this event as one of the key events for university teams across the country.

Alongside the competitive classes, which includes the increasingly popular Land Rover International Carriage Driving Grand Prix, visitors can also enjoy equestrian displays and fun competitions; the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games, The Musical Drive of the King’s Troop RHA, The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry, the Shetland Pony Grand National and The Bahrain Arab Horse Display.

The annual show attracts more than 40,000 equestrian enthusiasts from around the UK with a broad range of attendees.

“The level of entries for this year’s show is extremely encouraging,” said Show Director Simon Brooks Ward.

“We work hard to provide an interesting programme for our visitors and competitors and I am delighted that Royal Windsor continues to have a packed timetable. There is a lot going on in our 70th year and we all believe that this will be a truly vintage Horse Show.”

 

Tickets are priced between £10 and £20 with various discounts available for groups, seniors and children. For tickets, call the box office on 0844 581 4960. www.rwhs.co.uk

 

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