Organisers of the Royal Windsor Horse Show from 8-11 May have announced that, along with the new Royal Windsor Tattoo (news 14, February), an extra “national show jumping competition day” will take place on Wednesday, 7 May.
Amateur and professional riders will compete in classes including the H&H Foxhunter, Tri-Zone Newcomers and Walwyn Novice Championship — which used to take place during the show itself. But no spectators will be allowed into the showground until Thursday, when Royal Windsor starts.
Simon Crippen, who won the H&H Foxhunter Jumping Competition, Section A, last year on Matilda M, said: “The H&H Foxhunter and the Walwyn are prestigious classes, and it’s nice for the horses to have some atmosphere.”
The amateur classes have been rescheduled to Wednesday to make room for the new international CSI*** show jumping class, as well as the Tattoo.
Organiser Simon Brooks-Ward said: “It has been an aspiration of Royal Windsor to have international show jumping. We didn’t want to penalise the national classes but, obviously there is less space so we created a specific extra day.”
He confirmed there will be no scurry driving.