Showjumper gets set for Royal Windsor Horse Show

Showjumper gets set for Royal Windsor Horse Show

Lucy Elder

Showjumper gets set for Royal Windsor Horse Show

The Royal Windsor Horse Show draws talented riders from across the world to compete under the backdrop of Windsor Castle.

The prestigious show attracts thousands of entries and the dressage, show jumping and showing classes are held across three arenas.

Showjumper Clare Reynolds has several horses entered to jump in the atmospheric Castle Arena .

Clare, whose yard is based just minutes from the showground in nearby Binfield, is a regular face at the iconic event and has a mix of both talented young and more experienced horses entered.

“It is a great show to enter and be a part of,” said the 35-year-old.

“I’m really looking forward to it.”

With one month to go, she is now planning which shows to take her horses to and is working to keep them sound in the run-up to the big event.

On the first day of the event, ‘Windsor Wednesday’, Clare has the seven-year-old mare Lana Del Ray entered in the Horse & Hound Foxhunter class.

The colourful knock-down fences for this class start at 1.20m in the first round.

Entered in the CSI1* jumping competition is Tanamo Bay, known to his friends as ‘Worm’, who Clare bought as a seven-year-old.

Now 15, the American thoroughbred, who started out in life as a show horse, is returning to competition following an injury.

“He is quite small, he is a little bit unorthodox,” she said of the bay gelding.

“What he lacks in being orthodox, he makes up for in heart.

“I think he would jump the moon if I asked him.”

However the combination will have to wait until May 1 to hear whether they have been selected to compete in this international class.

Originally from Liverpool, Clare has lived in Berkshire for the past nine years.

As well as competing, she brings on young horses and also teaches riders across the area.

“It is a whole different ball game jumping at normal shows to jumping in that big arena [at Windsor],” she said.

“There is a lot to take in for young horses.

“It is sink or swim.”

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