What is Show Jumping?
Show Jumping tests the accuracy and athletic ability of both horse and rider. There are a number of different heights at which horse and rider compete at Royal Windsor, ranging from 70cm through to 1.60m. No matter what the height, the key to winning is all about jumping the fences in a particular sequence whilst leaving them all up. The horse and rider that goes clear in the fastest time is then the winner!
Royal Windsor is proud to host some of the best Jumping in the UK with International Show Jumping being the highlight of the Show, when visitors can enjoy watching the world’s best equestrians battling it out in the Castle Arena.
What is Dressage?
The Show hosts 4* Dressage, attracting riders from across the world to compete against our best British riders. The Grand Prix, in which all the competitors ride a set test and are scored for each movement, takes place on Thursday afternoon of the Show. The top riders then progress through to the Grand Prix Special to Music on Friday afternoon.
How Can I Watch?
The 4* Dressage Grand Prix (Thursday) and Grand Prix Special (Friday) take place in the Castle Arena. If you would like to watch, you will need to purchase a ticket when we go on sale. Showground-only tickets can be upgraded to reserve a seat in the Castle Arena Grandstand for the dressage competitions.
What is Driving?
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 Thursday and 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.
How Can I Watch?
All three stages of The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix take place within the Royal Windsor Horse Show Showground. If you would like to watch, you will need to purchase a ticket when we go on sale. General Entry tickets allow access to the Driving Arenas and Marathon course on the Showground.
Detailed information about each phase, including obstacle maps, cones maps and start lists, will be available in Spring. Please click here to see such information for 2019.
The Coaching Marathon is a separate event and starts and ends in the Castle Arena inside the Showground (which requires a ticket). The drive itself is carried out on The Long Walk which is open to the general public. We would recommend parking in Windsor and arriving on foot.
What is Showing?
There is a host of Showing classes at Royal Windsor Horse Show and it has become the event that heralds the start of the Showing season, with potential champions out for the first time of the year. Showing has classes for different breeds and types of horses. The judges are looking for the best example of a breed or type. If you think of it as Crufts for Horses you are thinking on the right lines. Highlight classes include the Mountain and Moorland Supreme Championship (Mountain and Moorlands are collectively our native breeds coming from, for example, Exmoor, Dartmoor, etc) and the Hunter, Cob and Hack Championships (Hunters, Cobs and Hacks are types of horses).
How Can I Watch?
Showing takes place in all four arenas at various times across the duration of the Show. To see when specific classes are scheduled, please see our Timetable. If you would like to watch, you will need to purchase a ticket when we go on sale. General Entry tickets allow access to all arenas on the Showground.
What is Endurance?
Endurance involves a ride, usually over open country, along a specified route for a set distance with specific speed requirements and checkpoints along the way. Competitors are issued with a map of the route a few days before the competition which they must study carefully and measure, in order to plan their ride pace and finish in time. Competitors are also required to present their horse or pony to be vetted before, after each loop and at the end of the ride.
Taking place on the Friday of the Show, CEI2* Endurance competitors ride a set course around 120km of beautiful countryside taking in parts of Windsor Great Park and Ascot Racecourse. It is a test of skill and stamina for both horse and rider. A CEI1* 80k endurance ride also takes place.
How Can I Watch?
You can watch Endurance along the route in the Great Park and you can park opposite Rangers Gate or by the Fox and Hounds at Bishops Gate. The two points which we would recommend watching the Endurance ride from would be the Long Walk / Copper Horse statue and the Jubilee statue. For the Jubilee statue you can park at Cranbourne car park and walk up.
The map of the 2020 course will be available in Spring, but you can download a map of the 2019 course here.
You do not need to purchase a ticket to Royal Windsor Horse Show to view the Endurance route in the Great Park. However, the central area including the vet gate is restricted to those who are participating in the competition.
The presentation for the CEI2* and CEI1* will take place at Royal Windsor Horse Show in the Castle Arena on Saturday 16th May. If you would like to watch the prize giving you will need to purchase a ticket for Royal Windsor Horse Show when we go on sale.