CSI5* Show Jumping
In 2017, Royal Windsor was thrilled to be hosting 5* international Show jumping where you could see some of the world’s very best equestrians battling it out in the Castle Arena. Highlights included the Rolex Grand Prix which took place on Sunday afternoon and the Kings Cup which took place on Saturday evening.
CDI4* Dressage supported by Horse & Hound
The level of dressage competition at Windsor was higher than ever with a 4* class taking place in 2017. The Grand Prix, in which all the competitors rode a set test and were scored for each movement, took place on the evening of Thursday 11th. The top riders then progressed through to the Freestyle to music which took place on the evening of Friday 12th. In the Freestyle, riders created their own set of movements to music of their choice.
CAIO4* Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix
Royal Windsor 2017 hosted one of the most important driving events in the UK, and one which was also a FEI World CupTM qualifier. There were three stages to the competition. The driven dressage involved the team driving a set series of movements and took place on the Thursday and Friday of the Show. The marathon stage took place on the Saturday. This challenging stage included eight obstacles which were driven round at speed and is one of our most popular events. The final stage was the cone driving on Sunday where teams must drive through narrowly spaced pairs of cones in a set time.
Taking place on the Friday of the Show, competitors rode a set course around 120km of beautiful countryside taking in parts of Windsor Great Park and Ascot. It was a test of skill and stamina for both horse and rider. A CEI1* 80k and a National 40k endurance ride also took place on the Friday 12th alongside the CEI2* ride.
There are a host of Showing classes which took place across the Show. For Windsor 2017, and a real Showing highlight, was the Supreme Show Champion. Other highlights included the Land Rover Mountain and Moorland Supreme Championship as well as Hunter, Cob and Hack championships and many more.
The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
Witness the incredible skill and precision which is required of the Household Cavalry riders and horses as they perform difficult manoeuvres and cross overs. Make sure that you don’t miss their iconic flag charge home!
The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery
Few displays can match the drama and thrill of The King’s Troop. Watch their powerful horses pull their field guns in high speed cross overs and prepare yourself for their deafening gun salute. It is a display not to be missed.
DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games
Taking place throughout the Show week, the final of the Games takes place on Sunday. Teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland compete against each other in a variety of challenging but hugely entertaining races – fun for all the family!
The Shetland Pony Grand National supported by Sandra and Martin Wood
The highly competitive Jockeys (and ponies!) will be battling it out for a win in the Castle Arena every day. Watch these brave little ponies speed around the course and cheer them on as they head for the finish.