The Royal Windsor Show

This show is held annually every May except this year due to COVID19. The Royal Windsor Show sees Windsor Castle, Berkshire, open its private grounds to host the UK’s largest outdoor premier equestrian event, the Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The show hosts world class International Show Jumping, International dressage, International Carriage Driving, Showing as well as exciting and impressive displays such as The Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment, The Musical Drive of the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games, the Shetland Pony Grand National and the evening Pageant and so much more.

There is also an extensive shopping village which hosts over 250 stands (for those of us with any money left after Badminton Horse Trials!) and plenty of food and drink venues.

The Show is held in the Queens back garden, so the HRH the Queen is a regular visitor at this event as she often has several horses of her own entered in the showing classes. We have seen her on several occasions at the show and even know her special viewing spot. She is sometimes also seen in the grandstand with other members of the Royal family.


What to see at the Royal Windsor Horse Show?

Show jumping
The Royal Windsor Show hosts show jumping. It has a large prize fund which attracts the world’s best riders. There are four days of 5* Show Jumping with some of the biggest Show jumping stars competing here including the likes of Scott Brash (UK) Eric Lamaze (Canada), Bertram Allen (Ireland), Beezie Madden (US), Jessica Springsteen (US) and the Whittakers (UK) and many more.

The Show hosts 4* Dressage, attracting riders from across the world to compete against our some of the best British riders Carl Hester and Charlotte Dujardin. The Grand Prix, in which all the competitors ride a set test and are scored for each movement, takes place on Thursday afternoon of the Show. The top riders then progress through to the Grand Prix Special, which is set to music.  This is the test that will be used in the Tokyo Olympics for which medals are presented and will be an excellent try out for our Olympic hopefuls.

There are a host of Showing classes at Royal Windsor Horse Show and it has become the event that starts the season of Showing, with potential champions out for the first time of the year. A high point of the week is the Supreme Ridden Show Champion. Other highlights include the Mountain and Moorland Supreme Championship and the Hunter, Cob and Hack Championships.

The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix is one of the most important driving events in the UK, and is also a FEI World Cup qualifier. There are three stages to the competition. The Driven Dressage involves the team driving a set series of movements and takes place on the Thursday and Friday of the Show. The Marathon Stage takes place on the Saturday; this challenging stage requires the competitors to drive at speed around eight obstacles and is one of our most popular parts of the competition. The final stage is the Cone Driving on Sunday, where teams drive through narrowly spaced pairs of cones in a set time.

The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment
A display which is renowned worldwide.  Most people would recognise them from Horse Guards Parade in London where horse and rider stand in ceremonial dress.  The Musical Ride consists of high speed, precise moves set to beautiful music.

The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery
An adrenaline filled, fast-paced display where teams of horses fly around the arena pulling traditional wheeled guns at full tilt. Few displays can match the drama and thrill of The King’s Troop. Watch their powerful horses pull their field guns in high speed cross overs and prepare yourself for their deafening gun salute. It is a display not to be missed.

DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games
Thrilling top level “gymkhana” racing on ponies! Five teams representing England, Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland take place in qualifiers throughout the week with the final taking place in the afternoon of Sunday.

The Shetland Pony Grand National
In the unlikely event that you’ve never seen or heard of this before, it is exactly what it sounds like it is – Shetland Ponies racing over miniature Grand National style fences! Always great fun to see!

Horse Endurance
Taking place on the Friday of the Show, the Endurance event sees competitors ride a set course around 120km of beautiful countryside taking in parts of Windsor Great Park and Ascot Racecourse. It is a test of skill and stamina for both horse and rider. A CEI1* 80k endurance ride also takes place.


Highlights of the Royal Windsor Show

With such a variety of equestrian activities, there’s something for every horse lover to enjoy at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. With around 250 shopping stands, both equestrian and non-equestrian, so plenty to see and do for non-horsey friends and family with a chance to enjoy the private grounds of Royal Windsor Castle.


Other things to do nearby

If you haven’t visited the Windsor Castle before this is well worth a visit, wander through the town, or enjoy a nice pub lunch at the Boatman pub on the river just a 10-minute walk from the grounds behind the Windsor and Eton railway station.


Tips on attending the Royal Windsor Show

Best way to get there. Travel to Royal Windsor Horse Show
If you are staying in London take the train from Paddington station to Windsor
Tickets for the event go on sale in October for the following year’s event in May
Map of the event
Ticket prices alter dependant on which day you wish to visit with options to book seating, access to hospitality enclosures, evening dressage from 4 pm and the Pageant show events.

General admission includes
Access to Royal Windsor Showground which includes all five arenas as well as the Windsor Shopping which hosts more than 200 shops.  Limited unreserved grandstand or bench seating at all five arenas.


Snaffle Travel can help with all your travel arrangements to the Royal Windsor Horse Show including tickets, accommodation, flights and all your travel arrangements.

We also offer the Badminton Horse Trials and Royal Windsor Show group tour every May.  Our next tour in is May 2021.

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