Royal Windsor Horse Show has been upgraded to a four-star showjumping competition for 2016.
The show, which runs from 11-15 May, hosts six four-star classes including the grand prix for the Kingdom of Bahrain Trophy.
The prize money for the CSI4* in 2016 is up to €285,000 — in line with other CSI4* competitions.
“We believe that the enhanced four-star status and therefore increased prize money will encourage top riders from the UK and abroad to head to Windsor to compete, especially those who may now use the show as a place to kick off their summer outdoor season before competing in Rio later on in the summer,” Jo Peck of organisers HPower told H&H.
Also this year the driving grand prix is to be upgraded to a CAI04* world cup qualifier — a Nations Cup team competition for carriage driving.
The four-star status now means that drivers who gain world cup points, can earn five bonus points towards FEI world cup driving qualification for the 2016-2017 indoor world cup season.
In dressage, top British riders will be invited to take part in a class on Wednesday 11 May.
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Windsor will also be introducing CSIAm-A classes to this year’s event, open to national and international riders, where five classes will be held over the course of the show.
A celebration for The Queen’s 90th Birthday will take place on the last four evenings of the show and will feature the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Oman Royal Cavalry, Chilean Huasos, the New Zealand Army Band and the South Australian Police Band.
For more information visit: www.rwhs.co.uk