The private grounds of Windsor Castle have been selected by the FEI as the venue for the 2009 European Jumping and Dressage Championships.

UK Sport is providing substantial backing for the Championships which are scheduled to take place in the late summer. The event will be the first senior combined continental championships to be held.

Windsor was selected to host the Championships ahead of Copenhagen, the other bid city. “We are delighted that this country was selected and that we are able to support this event with up to £948,000 from our National Lottery funded World Class Events Programme,” said John Scott, UK Sport’s International Director.

It was the British Equestrian Federation (BEF) who initiated the plan for both jumping and dressage to combine together in one venue. “Now starts the long and hard road to make this the best Championships this country has ever seen,” said BEF President Hugh Thomas.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show, which up until now has been the only event to take place in the castle grounds, will occupy its normal dates in May and the European Jumping and Dressage Championships will take place in late summer.