Royal Windsor Horse Show 2014 hailed as a success

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2014 hailed as a success

Francis Batt

Royal Windsor Horse Show 2014 hailed as a success

More than 50,000 visitors flooded through the gates of Royal Windsor Horse Show during its five day run last week.

The show was staged in the private area of Home Park from Wednesday, May 14 to Sunday, May 18.

The Queen made several visits, watching eight of her horses compete in showing classes and presenting prizes on Saturday and Sunday.

The Duke of Edinburgh helped judge the carriage driving event on Saturday, an event he competed in himself until he was well into his 80s.

There were international competitions in four disciplines; show jumping, dressage, driving and endurance. Spectacular displays from the Kings Troop Royal Horse Artillery, the Household Cavalry and the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games added to the excitement.

Show director Simon Brooks-Ward said: “It was the best Royal Windsor Horse Show we've had for a long time. 

“To have the likes of Charlotte Dujardin, Carl Hester and Nick Skelton with Big Star competing here was fabulous and the influx of overseas visitors coming over from as far as the USA and Saudi Arabia gave it a true international feel."

International Dressage returned for the first time since 2002 and world number one Charlotte Dujardin did not disappoint the packed crowds in the stands when she stole the show on Thursday and Friday evening, winning both the CDI3* Grand Prix and Freestyle.   

The introduction of International Three Star Show Jumping proved a hit, with an outstanding list of entries from 24 countries competing for the new injection of prize money at this year’s show.

See Friday's Express for more photos from the horse show.

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