05:28PM, Thursday 14 May 2015
Visitors braved the rain to watch the action at the Royal Windsor Horse Show today.
The all-weather Castle Arena and covered seating meant that classes continued as normal and show goers could get out of the downpour.
The Queen’s granddaughter, Olympic silver medal-winning event rider Zara Phillips, was spotted at the show in Home Park today.
Competition and displays run until 9.45pm tonight and include the CDI3* Grand Prix dressage, Pony Club mounted games and military displays.
Marketing manager Jo Peck said yesterday's Windsor Wednesday went ‘really well’ and the car park was fuller than last year.
She added they expect entry was up by 15 percent and that it was a ‘beautiful sunny day’.
According to the Met Office forecast, the weather for the horse show is set to be a mix of sunshine and cloud for tomorrow and the weekend.
The Queen enjoyed success in two classes on the first day of the show.
Her Majesty, who has not missed a show since it began in 1943, came to watch several of her horses compete.
Her five-year-old novice heavyweight hunter Tower Bridge, bred by the Queen, finished third in his class.
Her ex-racehorse, Barbers Shop, came second in the Alan Ross Ladies Hunter class, ridden sidesaddle by Katie Jerram, who also rode Tower Bridge.
Meanwhile, advanced medium dressage freestyle winner Alice Oppenheimer was brought down to earth with a bump after her chestnut stallion Tantoni Sir Socrates bucked her off during their lap of honour.
Ireland’s Trevor Breen, who is based just up the road in Gerrards Cross, had a particularly good day to take the top spot in two hotly contested showjumping competitions – the Horse and Hound Foxhunter and the Land Rover Grades A and B class.
The show runs until Sunday. Visit www.rwhs.co.uk for more information.
Log on to the website tomorrow (Friday) for more pictures from the show.
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