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Royal Windsor Horse Show

With over 130 showing classes, the Royal Windsor Horse Show is Great Britain's largest outdoor equestrian show and the only one to host international competitions in dressage, carriage driving, show jumping and endurance riding.

This year's event takes place from 11th May to 14th May at Windsor Castle, where the newly-upgraded CSI5 show jumping will be a highlight of the programme, as the cream of international riders compete for prize money totalling £520,000.

The Concours de Saut International is a ranking system approved by the Fédération Équestre Internationale - the governing body for equestrian sport - and five is the top ranking. At the pinnacle of the competition will be the first Rolex Grand Prix on 14th May, with an unprecedented £258,000 prize money.

History

An annual event, the Royal Windsor Horse Show has been going strong since it began in 1943 at Windsor Home Park. The horse show was originally launched to help raise funds for the Second World War effort and it has continued to run every year since then.

A quirky fact, dogs have been banned from the event since 1944. This came about because at the 1943 show, King George V was tucking into his lunch when a lurcher sneaked up and stole a piece of chicken from his plate! The committee was so mortified that dogs have been banned ever since.

More recently, last year's Royal Windsor Horse Show was particularly important because it coincided with The Queen's 90th birthday celebrations and it marked her lifelong love of horses.

Competitors

Competitors from all over the world are attracted to the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Among this year's home-grown entrants are Team GB endurance rider, Anna Williams and her horse, Sam. The Williams family also competed in equestrian events on Sam's grandma and his mother in the past, so being the third generation makes him very special to Anna.

Nick Skelton and his horse, Big Star, have announced they will retire after the Royal Windsor Horse Show. The 2016 Olympic Individual Gold Medal duo will be taking their final ride at the event. It will be a poignant moment, as fans' favourite Nick came back from serious injury after he broke his neck in a fall in 2000 to reach the top of his profession again. His emotional gold medal podium moment was voted the pinnacle of the Games.

Timetable

Highlights include the Dressage Grand Prix on the evening of 11th May; the dressage freestyle on 12th May; the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix on 11th and 12th May; the endurance event around Windsor Great Park and Ascot on 12th May; the King's Cup on 13th May; and the Rolex Grand Prix on 14th May.

There will also be a multitude of showing classes throughout the four-day event, including the inaugural Supreme Show Champion event. Further information is available on the show's website, including the timetable.

A hassle-free journey for the horses and riders is imperative to ensure they are at their best for the show. Coruba offers a large range of horse and stable matting to cater for your every equine need.

Everyone at Coruba would like to wish Team GB the very best of luck!



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