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Big Star to Make Comeback at Royal Windsor Horse Show

Nick Skelton’s London 2012 team gold medal winning horse, Big Star, will make his comeback return to competition from injury at Royal Windsor Horse Show, which takes place on 14-18 May 2014.

The 11-year-old has been out of action since sustaining an injury last August as he was preparing for the Spruce Meadows Masters. He was halfway through an incredible campaign last year, notching up a hat trick of big wins: the CSIO Rome Grand Prix in May, CHIO Aachen Grand Prix in June, and the FEI Nations Cup in Dublin in August. Skelton was also on target to claim the €1 million Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping after winning the Rolex Grand Prix at CHIO Aachen with Big Star last June.

London 2012 team gold medallist Nick Skelton said: “Big Star had a suspensory injury in August last year, I took him to Florida for the winter to recuperate and he jumped some small classes. I’m hopefully trying to get him ready for the World Equestrian Games. That would be his aim. Before that I’d like to get him to the Hamburg Global Champions Tour at the end of May so bringing Big Star to Windsor would be a good preparation for him but I will only do so if he is 100% fit. I’m looking forward to getting back in action with him; the last nine months have been a bit quiet to say the least!”

The international Show Jumping, which includes the £53,000 CSI3* Kings Cup on Saturday 17 May and the £35,000 CSI3* Alltech Grand Prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy on Sunday 18 May, has received entries from 10 different nations as well as eight out of the top 10 riders in the UK rankings.

Among the confirmed entries for the CSI3* Show Jumping is Skelton’s London 2012 teammate Peter Charles, as well as reigning World Champion, Philippe Le Jeune (BEL) and Saudi Arabia’s Abdulla Al Sharbatly, famous for winning silver at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and team bronze at London 2012. Other international riders include Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez, who has based himself in Europe this year ahead of the World Equestrian Games in August and USA team mates Lauren Hough and Laura Kraut. Italy’s Emanuele Guadiano, 27th in the FEI World Rankings, who won last year’s Paris Masters and recently won the Madrid leg of the Global Champions Tour travels over with three horses to compete.

In addition, World No. 1, Charlotte Dujardin, fresh from smashing yet another world record at the Dressage World Cup Final in Lyon, will be showcasing her talents in the CDI3* FEI Dressage which takes place during the evening performances on Thursday 15 May and Friday 16 May.

Tickets can be purchased on the door, online or by telephone. visitors should go to www.rwhs.co.uk or telephone the box office on 0844 581 4960 from the UK and +44 (0) 121 767 4660 internationally.

For more information or image requests please contact Hannah Grissell at Revolution Sports + Entertainment E: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk T: 0207 592 1207

Royal Windsor Horse Show takes place on 14-18 May 2014. Over 40,000 visitors are expected to attend the 71st year of the Royal Windsor Horse Show which offers its audience astounding displays in the main Castle Arena, such as The Musical Ride from the Household Calvary and The King’s Troop Musical Drive, the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. As well as the equestrian competitions and activities, there are over 200 shops in the Shopping Village, with a wide range of goods for sale, from jewellery and fashion, to food and drink found in the Food Glorious Food Hall.

A new ticket pricing strategy has been introduced this year, with free admission to all visitors on ‘Windsor Wednesday’ – the 14th May. Children are admitted free of charge on Thursday 15th May and Friday 16th May. On Thursday 15th May the admission fee for adults will be £16 and on Friday 16th May it will be £19. On Saturday 17th May and Sunday 18th May showground entry will be £25 for adults and £10 for children. There are discounts for group bookings and family value tickets for two adults and three children for £60 on either Saturday or Sunday.

Once again the show receives loyal and important support from The Kingdom of Bahrain and sponsors Jaguar Land Rover, Laurent Perrier, DAKS, Hermes and Alltech.

Royal Windsor Horse Show is organised by HPower Group, also organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show – www.hpower.co.uk.

Exceptional Entries for First International Royal Windsor Horse Show

Boyd Exell. Photo Credits – Kit Houghton/HPower.

30 April 2014 – An exciting international line up of riders from over 24 nations will descend on Royal Windsor Horse Show on 14-18 May 2014, in the same year that the prestigious show boosts prize money to £255,000 and upgrades to a CHI for the first time.

The international Show Jumping, which includes the £53,000 CSI3* Kings Cup on Saturday 17 May and the £35,000 CSI3* Alltech Grand Prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy on Sunday 18 May, has received entries from 10 different nations as well as 8 out of the top 10 riders in the UK rankings. In addition, World No. 1, Charlotte Dujardin, fresh from smashing yet another world record at the Dressage World Cup Final in Lyon, will be showcasing her talents in the CDI3* FEI Dressage.

Driving
International Driving has been a highlight of the Royal Windsor Horse Show since HRH The Duke of Edinburgh introduced it to the schedule in 1971, and this year sees an exceptionally high quality set of entries in the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix with takes place on 15-18 May. Competitors include current FEI World Cup Driving champion Boyd Exell (AUS), but hot competition is expected from four times World Champion IJsbrand Chardon (NED).

Jumping
The confirmed entries for the CSI3* Show Jumping include two members of the London 2012 gold medal winning team, Nick Skelton and Peter Charles, as well as reigning World Champion, Philippe Le Jeune (BEL), and Saudi Arabia’s Abdullah Al Sharbatly, famous for winning silver at the World Equestrian Games in 2010 and team bronze at London 2012. Other international riders include Venezuela’s Andres Rodriguez, who has based himself in Europe this year ahead of the World Equestrian Games in August and USA team mates Lauren Hough and Laura Kraut. Italy’s Emanuele Guadiano, 27th in the FEI World Rankings, who won last year’s Paris Masters travels over with three horses to compete.

Tina Fletcher
Tina Fletcher

Nick Skelton, who has been competing at Royal Windsor since the 1970s when he rode for The Edgar Family, said: “I always look forward to competing at Royal Windsor Horse Show. It is set in a stunning location and always has a brilliant atmosphere. The organisers have done a great job by securing increased prize money and the show really deserves the upgrade to CHI.”

Dressage
Competitors from seven different nations will compete in the CDI3* FEI Dressage with the Grand Prix taking place in the evening of Thursday 15 May, and the Freestyle taking place 24 hours later on Friday 16 May. The headline act will undoubtedly be Dressage sensation, Charlotte Dujardin and stallion Uthopia. Seven-time national champion Carl Hester will be competing Fine Time, the horse which he rides for Gemma Appleton, whilst international riders include six-time Australian national champion Mary Hanna, long standing member of the Portuguese equestrian team Daniel Pinto, and South Africa’s Denise Hallion.

To see a full list of entries, please click here.

For the first time, the organisers of the Show are offering free admission to all visitors on the opening day, dubbed ‘Windsor Wednesday’. Tickets for all the other days can be purchased on the door, online or by telephone. For pre-purchase, visitors should go to www.rwhs.co.uk or telephone the box office on 0844 581 4960 from the UK and +44 (0) 121 767 4660 internationally.

Charlotte Dujardin
Charlotte Dujardin

For more information, please contact Hannah Grissell at Revolutions Sports + Entertainment E: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk T: 0207 592 1207

Royal Windsor Horse Show takes place on 14-18 May 2014. Over 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the 71st year of the Royal Windsor Horse Show which offers its audience astounding displays in the main Castle Arena, such as The Musical Ride from the Household Calvary and The King’s Troop Musical Drive, the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. As well as the equestrian competitions and activities, there are over 200 shops in the Shopping Village, with a wide range of goods for sale, from jewellery and fashion, to food and drink found in the Food Festival, all unseen on the High Street.

A new ticket pricing strategy has been introduced this year, with free admission to all visitors on ‘Windsor Wednesday’ the 14th May for the first time and children are also free of charge on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday 15th May the admission fee for adults will be £16 and on Friday 16th May it will be £19. On Saturday 17th May and Sunday 18th May showground entry will be £25 for adults and £10 for children. There are discounts for group bookings and family value tickets for two adults and three children for £60 on either Saturday or Sunday.

Once again the show receives loyal and important support from The Kingdom of Bahrain and sponsors Jaguar Land Rover, Laurent Perrier, DAKS, Hermes and Alltech.

Royal Windsor Horse Show is organised by HPower Group, also organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show – www.hpower.co.uk.

Record Number of Entries for Royal Windsor Horse Show

11 April 2014 – A record number of entries have been received for this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show which takes place on Wednesday 14 – Sunday 18 May 2014, in the private grounds of Windsor Castle.

As the first major outdoor equine show of the season and the largest of its kind in the UK, it has once again seen exceptional support with a record breaking 2,300 entries in total for the National Show Jumping and Showing classes. This new record comes in the same year that the Show becomes a CHI (Concours Hippique International) for the first time, when it introduces new international 3 star Show Jumping and Dressage competitions.

Nominated entries for the CSI3* Jumping, CDI3* Dressage and CAI3* Driving competitions will be made available on 18th April.

Simon Brooks-Ward, Managing Director of HPower and Event Director, said: “We have had really encouraging entries this year, breaking all records. The competitors have given the thumbs up to Windsor and we will do our utmost to make them all welcome.”

He continued: “If you add the international Dressage, Driving, Jumping and Endurance entries, the show this year will have a new competitive feel to it. With three evening performances and over 2,300 horses visiting the showground, it should be a bumper year for the 71 year old show.”

The show will be hosting 130 National Showing classes, which comprise of the majority of entries for this year. Within these entries, five of Her Majesty The Queen’s own horses will be competing, two of which will be ridden by top show producer, Katie Jerram, including ex-racehorse ‘Barber’s Shop,’ who will be competing in the popular Tattersalls and RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse class.

Amongst the National Show Jumping entries is the former Rolex Grand Slam of Eventing Winner Pippa Funnell. She will be battling it out alongside husband William Funnell in The Horse & Hound Foxhunter class, held on the first day of the show.

The exciting competitions as well as other dazzling scenes, can all be watched free of charge on the opening day of the show, dubbed ‘Windsor Wednesday’. For the first time in the history of the show, the organisers will allow all spectators free entry to the show ground, a great and inexpensive day out for the family.

Over 40,000 spectators are expected to attend the 71st year of the Royal Windsor Horse Show which offers its audience astounding displays in the main Castle Arena, such as The Musical Ride from the Household Calvary and The King’s Troop Musical Drive, the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. As well as the equestrian competitions and activities, there are over 200 shops in the Shopping Village, with a wide range of goods for sale, from jewellery and fashion, to food and drink found in the Food Festival, all unseen on the High Street.

For more information or image requests, please contact Hannah Grissell at Revolution Sports + Entertainment – E: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk, T: 0207 592 1207.

Ticket Pricing
Royal Windsor Horse Show is offering free admission to all visitors on Wednesday 14th May. Children also go free of charge on Thursday and Friday. Admission for adults on Thursday is just £16 and on Friday, £19. For weekend visitors, showground entry will be £25 for adults and £10 for children on both days. There are discounts for group bookings, and family value tickets of two adults and three children for £60 are available on either Saturday or Sunday. Tickets can be purchased on the door, online or by telephone. For pre-purchase, visitors should go to www.rwhs.co.uk or telephone the box office on 0844 581 4960 from the UK and +44 (0) 121 767 4660 internationally.  Royal Windsor Horse Show is organised by HPower Group, also organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show – www.hpower.co.uk.

Royal Windsor Horse Show Appoints Revolution Sports + Entertainment

The UK’s largest outdoor horse show, Royal Windsor Horse Show, has appointed Revolution Sports + Entertainment in the year that it introduces International 3 Star Show Jumping and Dressage to its schedule.

Running from Wednesday 14th to Sunday 18th May, Royal Windsor Horse Show, which has been attended by HM The Queen every year since it started in 1943, will become a CHI (Concours Hippique International) for the first time this year. Revolution Sports + Entertainment have been selected to build the event’s profile in the consumer and lifestyle media, whilst maintaining the close relationship the show has with its core equestrian and sports media.

The prestigious five-day show, which has over 3,500 competitors, is now the only event in the UK which stages international competitions in four different equine disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, Driving and Endurance. This year the total prize money has received a welcome boost bringing it to over £250,000 – a substantial increase from 2013 when it was £87,000.

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward, said: “Revolution possess the unique combination of in depth knowledge of all equestrian sports as well as having consumer and lifestyle media specialties. We are delighted to have them on board in what will be a very important year for the show.”

Rod Kohler, Managing Director at Revolution, said: “Royal Windsor Horse Show is one of the most prestigious horse events in the British calendar and we are thrilled to be working on it. It’s a particularly exciting time for all British equestrian sports right now and this is the perfect event to showcase sports that would not normally get a lot of media attention to a wider consumer audience.”

The Royal Family has had a long association with the show, with King George VI being Patron for the opening show in 1943, which was started to raise money for the war effort. Today, HM The Queen is Patron of the show and she often has a number of horses and ponies competing at the show. Other members of the Royal Family, including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Princess Royal, have actually taken part in the show’s competitions.

Once again the show receives loyal and important support from The Kingdom of Bahrain and sponsors Land Rover, Laurent Perrier, DAKS, Hermes, Alltech and Coworth Park.

For further information please contact:
Rod Kohler
Revolution Sports + Entertainment
Tel: 0207 592 1207
Email: rod@revolutionsports.co.uk

International and National Dressage Makes Welcome Return to CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show

17 February 2014 – International and national Dressage will return to Royal Windsor Horse Show this year after an absence of 4 years, as the UK’s largest outdoor show becomes a CHI (Concours Hippique Internationale) for the very first time.

The CDI3* FEI Dressage Grand Prix will take place on the evening of Thursday 15 May and the CDI3* FEI Dressage Freestyle on the evening of Friday 16 May. Fifteen competitors will be invited to take part, five from the UK and ten from overseas, and it is expected that there will be six nations competing in total. The addition of the International Dressage competition allows Windsor to reintroduce its popular evening programmes, which will also include equestrian displays from The Household Cavalry and The King’s Troop, as well as The Pony Club Mounted Games, The Shetland Pony Grand National, and an Arab Horse Display from Bahrain.

In addition, a new Advanced Medium Freestyle Dressage Championship has been introduced to the programme. The Royal Windsor Freestyle Challenge will be staged on the afternoon of ‘Windsor Wednesday’ (14 May) when Windsor will throw open its gates to all visitors offering free of charge entry for the day.

A total of 12 competitors will be invited to take part in the Championships.  Eligibility to receive an invitation will be awarded to the five best placed horse/athlete combinations at the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Open Final at the NAF Five Star Dressage Winter Championships taking place at Hartpury College on Saturday 12 April, and the five best placed horse/athlete combinations in the Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Final at the same Championships on Sunday 13 April.  An additional two wild cards will be offered at the discretion of the Organising Committee*.

As well as International Dressage, Royal Windsor Horse Show 2014 introduces CSI3* Show Jumping to its already established international Driving and Endurance competitions.

The 71st running of the Royal Windsor Horse Show takes place on 14-18 May 2014 in the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire. For a full programme of events, visit www.rwhs.co.uk.

* In the event of any horse/athlete combination being placed in the first five places of both competitions at the NAF Five Star Dressage Winter Championships, eligibility to receive an invitation will pass to (i) in the first instance, the next best placed horse/athlete combination in the Advanced Medium Open at the NAF Five Star Dressage Winter Championships, (ii) in the second instance, the next best placed horse/athlete combination in the Advanced Medium Freestyle at that same show, (iii) in any number of subsequent instances the next best placed horse/athlete combination in each of the two competitions mentioned above on an alternating basis.

For more information or image requests, please contact Hannah Grissell at Revolution Sports + Entertainment – E: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk, T: 0207 592 1207.

Tickets can be purchased on the door, online or by telephone. For pre-purchase, visitors should go to www.rwhs.co.uk or telephone the box office on 0844 581 4960 from the UK and +44 (0) 121 767 4660 internationally.  Royal Windsor Horse Show is organised by HPower Group, also organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show – www.hpower.co.uk.

Three Stars for Royal Windsor Horse Show

12 February 2014 – The UK’s largest outdoor equestrian show, Royal Windsor Horse Show, will become a CHI (Concours Hippique International) for the first time this year, when it introduces new international 3 star Show Jumping and Dressage competitions.

Taking place on 14-18 May 2014, the prestigious five-day show, which has over 3,500 competitors, is the only event in the UK which stages international competitions in four different equine disciplines: Show Jumping, Dressage, Driving and Endurance. This year the total prize money has received a welcome boost bringing it to over £250,000 – a substantial increase from 2013 when it was £87,000.

The popular evening performances will once again make a return on Thursday, Friday and Saturday of the show, starting at 6:30pm on each evening. The CDI3* FEI Dressage Grand Prix takes place on Thursday 15th May in the evening, with the CDI3* FEI Dressage Kur taking place 24 hours later on Friday 16th May. Spectators on Saturday evening will be treated to the CSI3* King’s Cup, which is worth an impressive £53,000. The highlight of the Sunday afternoon performance is the CSI3* Alltech Grand Prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy which will see the winner take home £35,000. Five out of eight of the show jumping classes during Royal Windsor, qualify for FEI rider rankings.

Driving has been a key feature of the show since 1971, when HRH The Duke of Edinburgh persuaded show organisers to introduce an international carriage driving competition under FEI rules. It continues to be a highlight of the show, with competitions taking place in the Driven Dressage Arena, Home Park from Thursday to Sunday and the Marathon taking place around the beautiful private grounds of Windsor Castle on Saturday 17th May.

As well as the international competitions in Dressage, Show Jumping, Driving and Endurance, there will be over 130 showing classes during the five days. Royal Windsor is a highlight of the British showing calendar and regarded as the start to the summer season. There will also be classic equestrian displays including the The Musical Ride of The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, as well as the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games, the Shetland Pony Grand National and an Arab Horse Display from Bahrain.

FletcherTThe layout of the show has significantly evolved over the last 70 years and this year it develops once again to allow for the new 3 star competitions, including a temporary warm up ring and improved facilities for owners and competitors. There will be over 220 trade stands selling a huge variety of goods ranging from all things equestrian to homeware and fashion, and in addition there is a Food Festival Area, celebrating the very best of British produce.

A new ticket pricing strategy has been introduced this year, with free admission to all visitors on ‘Windsor Wednesday’, the 14th May for the first time and children are also free of charge on Thursday and Friday. On Thursday 15th May the admission fee for adults will be £16 and on Friday 16th May it will be £19. On Saturday 17th May and Sunday 18th May, showground entry will be £25 for adults and £10 for children. There are discounts for group bookings and family value tickets for two adults and three children for £60 on either Saturday or Sunday.

Once again the show receives loyal and important support from The Kingdom of Bahrain and sponsors Jaguar Land Rover, Laurent Perrier, DAKS, Hermes and Alltech.

All tickets can be purchased on RWHS’s brand new website, www.rwhs.co.uk, which launches today.

For more information, please contact Hannah Grissell at Revolution Sports + Entertainment E: hannah@revolutionsports.co.uk, T: 0207 592 1207

Tickets can be purchased on the door, online or by telephone. For pre-purchase, visitors should go to www.rwhs.co.uk or telephone the box office on 0844 581 4960 from the UK and +44 (0) 121 767 4660 internationally.  Royal Windsor Horse Show is organised by HPower Group, also organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Show – www.hpower.co.uk.