World’s best drivers head for Windsor

  • Land Rover supports international horse driving trials at the Royal Windsor Horse Show

    This year’s prestigious International Driving Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor Horse Show (15-19 May) will be sponsored by Land Rover.

    The “Badminton” of horse driving trials, the International Driving Grand Prix, draws the cream of driving competitors from around the globe to compete in the three-phase event.

    British hopes in the horse team event will be led by 11-times winner George Bowman and his black Cumberland cobs, along with the current national champion, Barry Capstick and leading female driver Karen Bassett.

    A strong challenge is expected from former World Champion Felix Brasseur from Belgium, driving his team of grey Lippizaner horses and rising star on the world stage, Boyd Exell, who will be representing Australia.

    The Duke of Edinburgh will face a strong contingent of British drivers in the highly-competitive pony teams class, while Holland’s Art van der Kamp, winner at Windsor in 1995, will lead the foreign challenge.

    Europe’s top drivers will be thoroughlytested by this year’s 22k marathon, which runs through Home Park on Saturday, 18 May, with eight new obstacles designed by leading international course-builder, Richard Nicholl of the USA.

    The massive, solidly-constructed obstacles, which includes a spectacular water hazard, have been remodelled and customised to reflect Land Rover’s involvement.

    For information about Royal Windsor visit www.royal-windsor-horse-show.co.uk or for tickets call (tel: 0870 121 5370).

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