Royal Windsor Horse Show tickets for next year’s show (13-17 May), which is held in the private grounds of Windsor Castle, are now on sale.

There will be free admission for all on the opening day and children have free entry on Thursday and Friday.

Lower price tickets (from £8) are available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday after 4pm when evening events are held.

The organisers have decided to keep the format of the show the same as this year’s, but have introduced a one-star showjumping competition.

“We felt the new format for this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show contributed directly to the event’s success,” said show director Simon Brooks-Ward.

“We are going to maintain this format for 2015 — with free admission for all on ‘Windsor Wednesday,’ the popular Thursday and Friday evening CD13* dressage and will continue with the revamped layout of the shops and arenas,” he added.

Over the five days there are international competitions in showjumping, dressage and endurance as well as the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix and 130 national showing classes.

In the main ring there are displays from the King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Household Cavalry, DAKS Pony Club mounted games and Shetland pony Grand National.

In the shopping village the Royal Warrant Holders pavilion launched this year is back with an expanded area.

Royal Windsor Horse Show was set up in 1944 by King George VI to raise funds for the war effort and it continues to donate thousands of pounds to veterans and serving soldiers in need through its official charity, ABF The Soldiers Charity.

The show’s patron, The Queen, has attended every year since it began.

For tickets visit www.rwhs.co.uk or tel the box office on 0844 5814960.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (20 November 2014).