The Queen's favourite horse show hosts International Jumping, Dressage, Showing and the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix.
What to expect at Royal Windsor Horse Show
The Royal Windsor Horse Show runs from Wednesday through to Sunday and there are different equestrian competitions taking place on each day. Highlights for the showjumping include the Rolex Grand Prix which takes place on Sunday afternoon and the Kings Cup which takes place on Saturday evening. The major showjumping classes are held in the Castle Arena. Parts of the Landrover International Grand Prix for driving take place every day from Thursday. Meanwhile, there is top level dressage on Thursday and Friday, with the Freestyle to Music a highlight on the latter day as riders perform a set routine to music of their choice. There are also lots of displays to see throughout the event, as well as various showing classes.
The shopping village is split into zones and includes a Horse and Rider area, as well as sections that focus on Country Living, Fashion and Jewellery. The Royal Warrant Holders Association Pavilion is also popular and it is reserved exclusively for those companies that hold a Royal Warrant.
Look out for members of the Royal Family (The Queen normally attends), as well as TV personalities such as Martin Clunes. Olympic showjumpers are also out in force and the current British Olympic Gold Medalist, Nick Skelton will be there this year.
Event hotspots and hospitality
The Windsor Enclosure is an exclusive new area for Royal Windsor 2017 and the perfect choice for a relaxed but special day out. Tickets must be booked in advance to access this area and there is seating available. It has a ringside lawn area where a champagne bar and deli can be found. The Enclosure is located on the East of the arena and the dedicated seating is adjacent to the Royal Enclosure.
The Members Enclosure terrace has first class views onto the Castle Arena and is the perfect place to watch the excitement of the competition. Royal Windsor Horse Show Membership is one of the longstanding institutions of the Horse Show and you need to apply for membership before booking tickets for this area. The relaxed yet traditional Enclosure includes a restaurant, where you can enjoy a two or three course meal, and a deli which offers light bites such as sandwiches and pastries. Dedicated Members seating is also available from where you can watch all the excitement.
The Stirrup Cup presents a relaxed social environment and is ideal for entertaining guests. It is positioned at the South of the Castle Arena and has ringside viewing and convenient access to the Showground and Warm Up arena.
Did you know
Royal Windsor Horse Show is the only show in the UK to host international competitions in Showjumping, Dressage, Driving and Endurance.
in 2016, the Royal Windsor Horse Show hosted one of the main celebrations for Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday.
While dogs are welcomed at many major country shows, this is not the case at Windsor. Dogs have not been allowed into the showground since 1944. This is because a lurcher stole a piece of chicken from King George V’s lunch plate at the first show in 1943. The Committee found this so mortifying that they have banned dogs from the showground ever since.
Royal Windsor Horse Show supports ABF The Soldiers’ Charity. The ABF give a lifetime of support to soldiers and veterans from the British Army, and their immediate families, when they are in need.
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If you are going with a general admission ticket, then comfort is the name of the game. Also, you should be mindful of unpredictable weather – part of the show was cancelled in 2016 due to heavy rain. Patrons of the Windsor Enclosure should be dressed smart/casual. Blue denim, jeans and trainers are discouraged. The dress code is a recommendation and is not enforced.
Private Grounds of Windsor Castle, Windsor, SL4 1NJ, UK
Windsor & Eton Central Station is approximately a 10-15 minute walk from the show and is served by First Great Western trains allowing travel via Slough from London Paddington in the east and from Reading in the west. Windsor & Eton Riverside Station is approximately a 5 minute walk and served by South West Trains allowing travel from London Waterloo in the east and many towns in the south and west via Staines. The nearest motorways are the M4, M25 and M3. AA signage will direct you to available car parks outside the showground. View location.