TICKETS FOR 5* CHI ROYAL WINDSOR HORSE SHOW 2019 GO ON SALE THIS WEEK
Thursday 29 November 2018
Tickets for the 2019 edition of CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show go on sale on Friday 30th November. The annual Show takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle from 8th to 12th May, the only time of year Her Majesty The Queen opens the gardens to the public. The event, now in its 76th year, is a five-day celebration of horses and the very best of equestrian sport, including CSI5* Showjumping, CDI4* Dressage, The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix and CEI2* Endurance.
The CSI5* Showjumping showcases the highest level within the sport, as globally recognised competitors from around the world travel to compete in front of the stunning backdrop of Windsor Castle. The highlight of the competition will undoubtedly be Sunday’s CSI5* Rolex Grand Prix, which in 2018 was claimed by current World No. 2, Steve Guerdat, who came away with the €75,000 prize.
The CDI4* FEI Dressage competition will return to the Castle Arena for the third time, with the Al Shira’aa Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music taking place on Thursday 9th and Friday 10th May respectively. Last year’s winner, Charlotte Dujardin, CBE, said “Royal Windsor Horse Show is such a unique Show – the setting is like no other, and the atmosphere is always incredible. The level of competition gets better and better every year, and it was amazing competing there with Mount St John Freestyle, let alone winning.”
The CAIO4* Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix is one of the most noteworthy Driving events in Great Britain and will add to the thrilling line-up of competitive action taking place at the Show. The Driving competition, in which The Duke of Edinburgh used to compete, takes place over four days of the Show and consists of three-phases; Driven-Dressage, the Marathon and Cone Driving, with 4* competitors contending to qualify for the FEI World Cup™.
The strength of the horse and rider partnership will be tested during Royal Windsor Endurance, which takes place in Windsor Great Park on Friday 10th May. CEI2* competitors will ride a 120km course across beautiful countryside, taking in parts of Windsor Great Park and Ascot Racecourse. There will also be a CEI1* 80 km and Endurance GB 40km course, with all three rides conducted under FEI rules.
In addition to the four FEI disciplines, there will also be over 120 Showing classes, with the event being a pinnacle of the national Showing calendar. Competitors will be attempting to follow in the footsteps of Her Majesty The Queen, who in 2017 won the Royal Windsor Supreme Ridden Showing Championship, taking the title with her homebred former racehorse, Barbers Shop.
Iconic British displays and international acts will feature alongside the world class competition. Audiences can enjoy action from The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, as well as fan-favourites, The Land Rover Shetland Pony Grand National and DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games.
There is plenty for the 55,000-strong audience to enjoy around the Showground with a luxury shopping village containing over 200 fashion, lifestyle and equestrian boutiques and delicious food stalls. There are a variety children’s activities on offer as well as opportunities to meet the horses.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director said: “Royal Windsor Horse Show is the most prestigious Show in the UK. It features elite-level competition across four FEI disciplines and the 2019 edition promises to bring top-class sport, along with stunning equestrian entertainment. In 2018 we had six of the world’s top ten show jumpers compete here. We believe we are one of the best international horse shows in the world”.
In 2019 Royal Windsor Horse Show will host ‘The Pageant’ in the main Castle Arena on the evenings of Thursday 9th, Friday 10th and Saturday 11th of May. The 90-minute spectacular celebrates 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria and will be presented by a cast of artists, dancers and performers, together with 500 participants, over 400 horses and 30 carriages. It will celebrate the Victorian era in a theatrical tableau beneath the floodlit Windsor Castle. Tickets for The Pageant are available separately (see notes).
Tickets for the Horse Show are available from just £10 and allow general access to the Showground, including unreserved seating for the daytime performances in the Castle Arena, with reserved seating available for Dressage performances, and weekend tickets.
Enhanced ticket packages include the Windsor Enclosure, offering access to a dedicated bistro, bar, and pre-booked seating with excellent views of the Castle Arena. Or visitors can choose to become a Member of the Royal Windsor Horse Show Club. At the Show, Club Members and their guests enjoy the very best views of all the sporting action and entertainment in the Castle Arena with seats alongside The Royal Box and use of the Club Restaurant, Bar and outside Lawn.
To find out more about the Royal Windsor Horse Show, or to book tickets visit www.rwhs.co.uk. Tickets can also be purchased by calling the box office on 0844 581 0755 from the UK and +44 (0)121 7966290 internationally. Windsor residents should call the Windsor Information Centre on 01753 743589. More information on The Pageant at Royal Windsor Horse Show can be found at www.windsorpageant.co.uk.
Royal Windsor Horse Show
The Show takes place from 8 – 12 May 2019. Over 55,000 visitors are expected to attend Royal Windsor Horse Show which offers its audience an extensive programme of first class equestrian competition and performances in five arenas. The displays in the main Castle Arena include The Musical Ride of The Household Calvary Mounted Regiment, The Musical Drive of the King’s Troop RHA, The DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Land Rover Shetland Pony Grand National. As well as the equestrian competitions and activities, there are over 220 shops in the Shopping Village, with a wide range of goods for sale, from jewellery and fashion, to food and drink. Her Majesty The Queen has attended every year since the Show started in 1943 and it is the only time of the year that the private grounds of Windsor Castle are open to the public. Royal Windsor Horse Show is organised by Windsor Equestrian Promotions Ltd, as part of HPower Group, also organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show www.hpower.co.uk.
The 2019 Pageant at Royal Windsor Horse Show will be taking place on the evenings of 9 – 11 May 2019. This joins The Pageant Series at Royal Windsor, which over the years has included All The Queen’s Horses (2002), Windsor Castle Royal Tattoo (2008 to 2011), The Diamond Jubilee Pageant (2012) and The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations (2016). The 2019 Show marks 200 years since the birth of Queen Victoria and portrays memorable events from the Victorian Era, using 500 participants and over 400 horses. The Pageant is a not-for-profit event, any surplus will be donated to charitable causes. The event, which takes place in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, is organised by Windsor Equestrian Promotions Ltd, as part of HPower Group, also organisers of Royal Windsor Horse Show and Olympia, The London International Horse Show www.hpower.co.uk.