Windsor welcomes top names

By: Horse Deals


Windsor welcomes top names
Windsor welcomes top names
Some of the UK’s leading riders will be competing at Royal Windsor Horse Show (12-16 May) when the event opens its gates to more than 3,000 horses and ponies.

Horse Deals is the title sponsor of the Show Pony Championship which takes place at 5.20pm on Saturday 15 May in the Castle Arena and qualifying classes: Class 109 Show Pony, 128cm, Class 110 Show Pony, 138cm, Class 111 Show Pony, 148cm. Held from 2pm to 3.30pm in the BHS Frogmore Arena.

Jumping

Tim Stockdale, Geoff Luckett, Tim Gredley, Michael, John and William Whitaker are all making the trip to Berkshire while eventer Pippa Funnell will be bringing some of her young horses.

Other top British riders in attendance include Mark Armstrong; Daniel Neilson; Tina Fletcher; Geoff Lovegrove; Gemma Paternoster and Nicole Pavitt, among others, while John’s eldest daughter Louise Whitaker also makes her debut at Windsor.

Riders will be contesting the £12,500 prize-pot of the Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix, which takes place in the Castle Arena on Sunday afternoon.
Driving
The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix is set to welcome top competitors in horse and pony four-in-hands and horse pairs. Twelve nations - Argentina; Australia; Belgium; France; Germany; Ireland, Netherlands; Poland; Spain; Switzerland; USA and Uruguay - will compete against top British drivers in each class.

Among the horse four-in-hand competitors are Australia’s Boyd Exell, fresh from his recent win in the 2010 World Cup Series and Tucker Johnson from the USA.

Horse pairs has a strong home field who will pit their skills against a significant foreign entry, including France’s Francois Dutilloy and Holland’s Harry Verstappen, second and third here respectively last year.
The marathon and cones courses will be designed for the second year running by Hollands Johan Jacobs who set notable challenges for competitors last year.
Showing

Thirty-two new classes from Sport Horses to Veterans to Miniature Horses and Side-Saddle have been added this year, enhancing the Show’s reputation as a show for competitors and horse lovers. Royal Windsor Horse Show now boasts more than 150 classes, 117 of those in showing, with an additional 20 showing championships.
Simon Brooks-Ward, event director for Royal Windsor Horse Show said: "We’re gearing up for a really great horse show this year – bigger and better than ever with a feast of competition and entertainment to enjoy."

Ticket information
Tickets for Royal Windsor Horse Show 2010 are on sale now, priced at £13 (adults), £9 (concessions including Royal Windsor Advantage Card Holders) and £5 (children 5-16years) if booked in advance. Family tickets (two adults and two children) cost £30. Tickets are priced per day and include entry to all the day’s events. You can book online at www.rwhs.co.uk or by telephoning 0844 412 4631 (UK) or + 44 115 993 4119 (International).