The 80th edition of Royal Windsor Horse Show (11-14 May) looks set to delight equestrians, with the return of the CDI4* dressage adding to the exciting schedule.

The top level dressage, which was last held at the Show in 2019, will host some of the world’s best riders as they look to impress ahead of the European Dressage Championships selections later in the summer followed by the Paris Olympic Games in 2024. The Grand Prix will take place in front of a limited audience on Wednesday 10 May, with the Freestyle to Music set to be in front of packed crowds on Thursday 11 May.

As with previous years, the competition schedule also includes international showjumping, driving and endurance, with the addition of numerous extra showing sections. This year’s event will host 140 showing classes, with the new schedule now including a range of Amateur Mountain and Moorland classes, from Leading Rein and First Ridden, to Small and Large Breeds, plus a new Amateur Mountain and Moorland Championship. Also new to the show will be an Amateur Show Pony class, Amateur Show Hunter Pony, Amateur Intermediate and an Amateur Championship.

Further entertainment will come from the Equestrian Federation of Azerbaijan (pictured above), with their performance ‘Land of Fire – Azerbaijan’. The performance, choreographed specifically for Royal Windsor Horse Show, demonstrates the strength and bravery of the Karabakh horse – the native horse of southwestern Azerbaijan – and the heritage of the Azerbaijan people. More traditional performances from the ever-popular Musical Ride of the Household Cavalry Regiment and The Musical Drive of The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery, who will also be taking place at the show.

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