Heavy rain has forced the organisers of Royal Windsor Horse Show to cancel 12 classes from tomorrow’s (Friday 11 May) programme.

The cancellations include the coaching marathon and several showing classes. Cob, hack, side saddle and show horse classes are all affected.

A spokesman for organisers HPower told H&H that the “difficult decision” was taken in order to keep the horsebox park running.

She said: “Visitors to the Horse Show on Friday will not be looking at empty arenas as the organisers will use the downtime in the arenas to good effect by running displays from the pageant.

“Competitors in the cancelled classes will be given free entry to the show on Friday on production of their competitors’ passes.”

The Diamond Jubilee Pageant will continue to take place on the evenings of Thursday 10 to Sunday 13 May on the same showground.

Ticket holders will have to make their way to the showground via public transport this evening, as the wet weather has forced the closure of the public car parks.

“The forecast for the next few days is more favourable and organisers are confident that the car parks will be back in use for the weekend with the full show programme running on Saturday and Sunday,” the spokesman added.