Royal Windsor Horse Show draws stars and crowds from far afield
PUBLISHED: 11:38 08 August 2014
This year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show was undoubtedly the best for many years, with innovations and the return of old favourites such as International Dressage making it an occasion to remember.
The Dressage, for instance, attracted world number one Charlotte Dujardin, winner of both the Grand Prix and Freestyle, while ‘Windsor Wednesday’ resulted in new visitors keen to take advantage of a day without entry charges.
International show jumping led to some 24 countries being represented, with Saudi Olympic team bronze medallist Abdullah Al-Sharbatly proving to be a formidable opponent. Robert Whitaker produced a spectacular round on Catwalk to take the Alltech Grand Prix for The Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy. There was also the chance to see Nick Skelton on Olympic team gold medallist Big Star after the horse had recovered during an eight months break due to injury. He jumped clear every day but Nick decided not to put him against the clock in jump-offs.
The Royal Windsor Endurance competition saw brothers-in-law His Highness Sheikh Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa of Bahrain and His Highness Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Al Maktoum of The United Arab Emirates competing. his race began at Ascot racecourse, with the 44 riders taking on a course of loops through the Great Park.
For HM the Queen and HRH Prince Philip it was a chance to enjoy some of their favourite events so close to home, with the Duke helping with the carriage driving judging. Meanwhile, the crowds were able to take in the huge range of stalls and shopping facilities alongside displays by the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery and Household Cavalry.
More images from the event
HRH Prince Philip joined guests in the Royal Box, including our editor Jan Raycroft, far right
Phil McMichael presents Marc Stevenson of Stevenson Brothers with the Royal Windsor Horse Show Winner 2014 Trade Stands Competition award sponsored by Windsor District Chamber of Commerce
A day out at the show for Kiera and Jenny Flack and Ginny Jackson
Clare Heseltine, Lily Heseltine-Judge and Louenna Hood
Constable and Governor of Windsor Castle Air Marshal Ian Macfadyen CB OBE and wife Sally
Prepare for excitement when the ponies race
One of the beautiful horses competing in the Royal Windsor Endurance competition having a well earned break
Regimental Corporal Major Ireland with wife Dominique and children Georgina and Eloise
His Majesty King Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa King of the Kingdom of Bahrain discusses how it’s all going with HH SH Nasser Bin Hamad Al Khalifa
The start of the Royal Windsor Endurance Race in Windsor Great Park
Lucy Head and her mother Margaret-Anne Hodson MBE, who runs Riding for the Disabled in Warfield. Margaret-Anne has been attending the RWHS since the early 1950s
Royal presentation time: the CS13 Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the King's Cup
Musician Pete Noble, Lance Corporal Hazel Glide, Lance Corporal Stephanie Barry & Musician Paul Williams from the Scots Guard Band at Wellington Barracks
On his way to the carriage driving, the Duke of Edinburgh will not miss this competition
Her Majesty the Queen is a Windsor Horse Show expert – she’s been a keen attendee and exhibitor since childhood
See more images from the event in the gallery at the top right of this page.