Spectacular displays planned for Royal Windsor Horse Show 2018

Crowd favourites returning to the private grounds of Windsor Castle this week for the Royal Windsor Horse Show

Following a hugely successful Badminton Horse Trials, the focus of Sloaney Season now turns to the Royal Windsor Horse Show. While all eyes will be on Windsor for the Royal wedding soon, the Horse Show will be pulling in the crowds this week.

Along with top class competition taking place across showing, showjumping, dressage and driving, there are also some outstanding displays. The Show has an exciting programme for its visitors throughout the week. Returning to Windsor, having previously performed at Her Majesty The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration in 2016, will be the Equestrian Federation of Azerbaijan, with their new performance ‘Land of Fire – Azerbaijan’.

The display celebrates the Karabakh horse, the native horse of southwestern Azerbaijan. Ten horse and rider combinations will be seen combining fast paced movements with tight turns and perfectly timed executions. They will be accompanied by the ‘Sarhadchi’ dance ensemble who will be performing traditional dances alongside two fire-jugglers performing a spectacular fire show. The performance, choreographed specifically for Royal Windsor Horse Show, demonstrates the strength and bravery of the Karabakh horse, and the courage and peacefulness of the Azerbaijan people.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Band will be adding to the line-up of equestrian displays. After being formed in 2014 by the union of The Band of The Life Guards with The Band of The Blues and Royals, the Mounted Band have held an important role in regimental life. The band today combines state trumpeters, mounted, marching and concert bands. They will appear in their gold State Dress and will be performing alongside the Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry.

Crowd favourites returning to the private grounds of Windsor Castle include The Land Rover Shetland Pony Grand National, where the mini jockeys and their Shetland Ponies fearlessly race head-to-head, as well as the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games, which will see teams  from the Republic of Ireland, England, Scotland and Wales compete in a series of fast and furious races set to get the crowd cheering. Spectators can also expect to see The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the return of the Coaching Marathon, the Best Turned Out Trooper competition and the Skill at Arms amongst many other fascinating competitions and displays that can only be found at Royal Windsor.

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