No fewer than five Olympic gold medallists will be competing in the international show jumping classes at Royal Windsor Horse Show (11 – 15 May) to kick start a summer where all eyes look ahead to the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

Jeroen Dubbeldam (NED), reigning World and European Champion, heads a stellar line up, which also sees fellow Olympic individual gold medallist Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) go head-to-head with the likes of Peter Charles (GBR), Beezie Madden (USA) and Laura Kraut (USA) all of whom have been part of victorious Olympic teams. Kent Farrington (USA), currently ranked number six in the world, will also be representing a strong USA contingent, which includes three of the top 30 riders in the world.

The competition is set to be fierce as over 37 world class riders look to impress the Olympic selectors on the final stretch of the road to Rio. Home favourites, including John and Robert Whitaker, William Funnel and Laura Renwick are sure to set the crowd alight as they compete in six international 4* classes over three days of competition, which starts on Friday 13th May and culminates with the Grand Prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy on Sunday 15th May.

The calibre of entries reflects the new augmented status of the show jumping at Royal Windsor Horse Show, as for the first time, the jumping in the private grounds of Windsor Castle will be of CSI 4* quality. Competitors are travelling in from far and wide, with representatives from 13 countries competing for over £220,000 total prize money during the three days.

Similarly, the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix has also been upgraded to a CAIO4* World Cup Qualifier meaning that drivers who gain World Cup points, can earn five bonus points towards the hotly contested FEI World Cup™ Driving Qualification for the 2016-2017 indoor World Cup season.

This added incentive has lured the world’s top four-in-hand drivers from eight nations, who will each showcase their skills in the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix. A CAIO4* and World Cup Qualifier, it is one of the year’s earliest, but undoubtedly the most prestigious, of the international competitions. Among the 29 competitors from eight nations are the reigning world outdoor gold, silver and bronze medallists - Boyd Exell (AUS), Chester Weber (USA) and Theo Timmerman (NED). All return to Royal Windsor in a bid to claim or reclaim this coveted title.

All the members of WEG 2014’s gold medal winning team from the Netherlands – current World Champion, Ijsbrand Chardon, and Koos de Ronde, also feature in the line-up. Six times Royal Windsor winner, Chardon remains fiercely competitive, combining almost unrivalled experience with cutting edge driving precision. From Germany comes a member of the silver medal winning team at WEG, Christoph Sandmann whose daughter, Anna - a groom for her father at WEG - will make her international debut driving a horse four-in-hand here.

A strong home team includes the legendary George Bowman senior - a serial Royal Windsor winner - and one of his sons, Barnaby. Among others, they are joined by the Bassett sisters, Karen and Pippa and leading light of the Devil’s Horsemen Stunt Team, Daniel Naprous, who represented GB at the World Cup Qualifier at the London International Horse Show at Olympia last Christmas.


Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Show will take place from 11-15 May 2016. Over 50,000 visitors are expected to attend the 74th year of Royal Windsor Horse Show which offers its audience astounding displays in the main Castle Arena, such as the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National. As well as the equestrian competitions and activities, there are over 220 shops in the Shopping Village, with a wide range of goods for sale, from jewellery and fashion, to food and drink. Her Majesty The Queen has attended every year since the Show started in 1943 and it is the only time of the year that the private grounds of Windsor Castle are open to the public. Royal Windsor Horse Show is organised by Windsor Equestrian Promotions Ltd, a part of HPower Group, also organisers of Olympia, The London International Horse Showwww.hpower.co.uk

The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration

Due to The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration taking place in the evenings following the Horse Show, there will be no evening performances at Royal Windsor Horse Show this year. These will return for 2017. The Horse Show will be ending at about 6pm each day and the Stirrup Cup Hospitality will only open for the daytime performance from 10am until the end of the afternoon performance.

Royal Windsor Horse Show tickets do not include access to The Queen’s Birthday Celebration and there will be nowhere to watch the performance without The Celebration ticket.

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