The Royal Windsor Horse Show is certainly not a new event on the FEI calendar, running annually since 1943, the show is rich with history. Every year, Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of England opens her lush gardens at Windsor Castle to host her beloved horse show.
An avid equestrian and patron of horse sports herself, the Queen can often be found roaming the grounds, surveying all the participants in the multi-disciplined event. The show can be described most accurately as ‘enchanting’. Around every turn you find horses of every breed competing in classes dating back to the turn of the century. The thousands of spectators that the grounds welcome each day are treated to everything from pony club races to working hunter classes to 1.60m international show jumping. The RWHS is so rich in tradition, yet it continues to modernize more and more with every year.
This year was particularly special because the country is celebrating Her Majesty the Queen’s 90th birthday. Every evening the grounds would come alive with a spectacular performance chronicling the Queen’s life through horses and her service to the Commonwealth. Over the course of 90 minutes there were 900 horses and more than 1,500 participants that created an unforgettable tribute to the Queen. For the final night of the show, the Queen arrived in the Diamond Jubilee State Coach and was joined by almost the entire royal family to enjoy the live show. This was truly a historic event and such a pleasure to have the opportunity to witness this record-breaking monarch in all her glory.
The Queen is really part of what makes the show feel so special. Her majesty’s enthusiasm for horse sport is seen in every pristine detail around the grounds. This year the showjumping elements of the weekend were brought to a higher level due to the support of Rolex. By adding The Royal Windsor Horse Show to their intimate yet pristine list of shows, Rolex has helped take the event to the next level. We can look forward to seeing the event become a 5* show next year with the famous watchmakers’ support.
Long time supporter of the show Laura Kraut said, “I have been showing in Windsor for the last eight years and every year it is as exciting as the first. The atmosphere is fantastic, the competition is strong and there isn’t one detail left unattended. Besides, it is a thrill to see the Queen!”
We couldn’t agree more!
-By Alexa Pessoa