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Countdown to 70th Royal Windsor Horse Show

Countdown to 70th Royal Windsor Horse Show

Francis Batt

Countdown to 70th Royal Windsor Horse Show

Tickets have gone on sale for the 70th anniversary Royal Windsor Horse Show.

The show began as a fundraiser for the war effort in 1943 and has run every year since, except during the foot and mouth epidemic of 2001.

The first show attracted all the Royal Family including the then Princess Elizabeth, who has attended every year since - 60 of them as Queen.

The organisers are promising some special events this year to highlight the anniversary and these will be announced over the next few weeks.

Simon Brooks-Ward, event director, said: “It is going to be a very special year for the show and I am convinced that the programme we are delivering will create special memories for our equestrian audience.”

One highlight of this year's show that has been revealed will be the musical drive of the Kings Troop with its team of 68 horses pulling six one and a half ton World War One guns, performing the famous criss-cross.

In addition The Household Cavalry will perform their Musical Ride at the show, treating the Windsor audience to a display of speed and precision from the 26 horses and riders.

As well as the 170 jumping and showing classes this year with more than 3,000 entries, the Land Rover International Carriage Driving Grand Prix will once again be one of the most important events in the European Driving Calendar.

There will also be fun pony and junior rider competitions such as the Shetland Pony Grand National.

The event will be held in the private grounds of Windsor Castle between Wednesday, May 8 and Sunday, May 12.

Tickets are available from Windsor Information Centre, Windsor Royal Shopping Centre, from www.rwhs.co.uk or 0844 5814960.

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