Royal Windsor Horse Show

Equestrian

Royal Windsor Horse Show ~ Thursday 12 to Sunday 15 May

πŸ‡ All equestrian roads lead to Berkshire over the next four days for the 2022 Royal Windsor Horse Show held in the private grounds of Windsor Castle.  Tickets on sale here.

Attracting visitors from around the world the Royal Windsor Horse Show is a highlight on the social sporting calendar and a favourite destination for the Queen.  The 2022 Show promises to be particularly special with the addition of Her Majesty The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Celebration taking place each evening after the Show.  Equestrian treats include the following events:

International Show Jumping

Royal Windsor is proud to host some of the highest level Show Jumping in the UK, with 5* jumping on three days of the Show culminating in the prestigious Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday (Ben Maher and Explosion W – who won individual gold at the Tokyo Olympics – are pictured below in last year’s Grand Prix at Royal Windsor).  No less than seven of the top 10 ranked riders in the world are set to compete in the CSI5* event.  A stellar list of entries can be viewed in full here which includes a host of GB stars such as Lilly Attwood, Scott Brash, Ben Maher and Jack Whitaker, together with the world No.1 and 2 riders from Sweden, Peder Fredricson and Henrick Von Eckermann.

Alongside top-level jumping taking place in the Castle Arena, the show also hosts young rider and National classes, making Windsor the place to see the best in jumping talent – both International and up-and-coming. For 2022, the Puissance (high jump) will be making a return on the Thursday.

Royal Windsor Horse Show
Photo: Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix

The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix is one of the most important driving events in the UK, and is also a FEI World CupTM qualifier.  There are three stages to the competition.  The Driven Dressage involves the team driving a set series of movements and takes place on the Friday of the Show.  The Marathon Stage takes place on the Saturday; this challenging stage requires the competitors to drive at speed around eight obstacles and is one of our most popular parts of the competition.  The final stage is the Cone Driving on Sunday, where teams drive through narrowly spaced pairs of cones in a set time.

International Endurance

Taking place on the Friday of the Show, the International Endurance 3*, 2*, 1* and YJ1* competitors ride on tracks that test the horse and rider across different terrains all in the beautiful Windsor Great Park.  Whether competing at 160km, 120km or 80km, the rides are is a test of skill and stamina for both horse and rider.

Showing

There are a host of Showing classes at Royal Windsor Horse Show and it has become the event that starts the season of Showing, with potential champions out for the first time of the year.  Highlights include the Mountain and Moorland Supreme Championship and the Hunter, Cob and Hack Championships.

Alongside the equestrian action there’s the famous Shopping Village to enjoy.  Divided into four area, the Horse & Rider zone includes a wide range of products from stabling and bedding to tack as well as all your clothing essentials.  Home furnishings can be found in Country Lifestyle and Living while the Jewellery & Fashion Quarter contains many classic designs.  Those areas are complemented by the Royal Warrant Holders Association – companies are united by a commitment to the highest standards of service – which has an area dedicated to it at the Show.

🎟️ Tickets are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.

πŸ—οΈ The Showground opens half an hour before the start of the first class on each day and will close at circa 8.30pm.

πŸ•’ 🐴 A full programme of daily events can be viewed on the Royal Windor Horse Show timetable page.

πŸšŠπŸš— Travel tips: The Royal Windsor Horse Show is located in the Private Grounds of Windsor Castle.  By train: Windsor & Eton Riverside Station is approximately a 5 minute walk from the entrance to the Show and served by South West Trains allowing travel from London Waterloo in the east and many towns in the south and west via Staines.  Train times and connections can be checked on the National Rail website.  By car: The nearest motorways to the showground are the M4, M25 and M3.  AA signage will direct you to available car parks outside the showground.

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