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.
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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.