Royal Windsor Horse Show draws stars and crowds from far afield

PUBLISHED: 11:38 08 August 2014

Having driven down from the castle, Her Majesty makes her way across the showground

Having driven down from the castle, Her Majesty makes her way across the showground

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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.

It’s a race against the clock and this horse and rider are flyingIt’s a race against the clock and this horse and rider are flying

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.

See more images from the event in the gallery at the top right of this page.

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