Royal Windsor hosts World Cup qualifier

  • The Royal Windsor Horse Show will host its first qualifier for the FEI Driving World Cup winter indoor series on 13-16 May. The qualifier has attracted entries from 31 of the best four-in-hand drivers in the world, including Ijsbrand Chardon from the Netherlands and Felix Brasseur from Belgium.

    The Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix has long been a highlight of the international driving calendar, attracting drivers from around the world. The event also enjoys royal participation through keen carriage driver, the Duke of Edinburgh, who will be competing in the pony teams class with the Queen’s team of Fell ponies.

    A total of 91 competitors from 21 countries will be competing across the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix’s eight classes. Each driver will compete in three phases — dressage, marathon and cones — in this driven equivalent of ridden three-day eventing.

    Competitors and spectators alike can look forward to two brand new obstacles in the final section of the marathon course, which runs through the stunning public and private grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.

    As well as the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix, the Royal Windsor Horse Show also hosts private driving, RDA driving for the disabled and heavy horse classes, which will be held in Home Park Private for the first time this year, in the new Home Park Ring.

    Advance tickets for the Royal Windsor Horse Show are available from the box office (tel: 0870 121 5370) and cost from £10 with concession prices from £7, with free ringside seating available on a first come, first served basis. Membership packages are also available (tel: 01753 860633).

    For more information about the Royal Windsor Horse Show visit: |www.rwhs.co.uk

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