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International & National Dressage Returns to Royal Windsor

Maria Eilberg at European Dressage Championships in 2009
International and National Dressage Makes A Welcome Return to CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show

International and national Dressage will return to Royal Windsor Horse Show in 2014 after an absence of 4 years, as the UK’s largest outdoor show becomes a CHI (Concours Hippique Internationale) for the very first time.

The CDI3* FEI Dressage Grand Prix will take place on the evening of Thursday 15 May and the CDI3* FEI Dressage Freestyle on the evening of Friday 16 May. Fifteen competitors will be invited to take part; five from the UK and ten from overseas, and it is expected that there will be six nations competing in total. The addition of the International Dressage competition allows Windsor to reintroduce its popular evening programmes, which will also include equestrian displays from The Household Cavalry and The King’s Troop, as well as The Pony Club Mounted Games, The Shetland Pony Grand National and an Arab Horse Display from Bahrain.

Maria Eilberg at European Dressage Championships in 2009
Maria Eilberg competing at the European Dressage Championships in 2009 – the last International Dressage competition held at the Windsor Show Ground


In addition, a new Advanced Medium Freestyle Dressage Championship has been introduced to the programme. The Royal Windsor Freestyle Challenge will be staged on the afternoon of ‘Windsor Wednesday’ (14 May) when Windsor will throw open its gates to all visitors offering free of charge entry for the day.

A total of 12 competitors will be invited to take part in the Championships.  Eligibility to receive an invitation will be awarded to the five best placed horse/athlete combinations at the Charles Owen Advanced Medium Open Final at the NAF Five Star Dressage Winter Championships taking place at Hartpury College on Saturday 12 April, and the five best placed horse/athlete combinations in the Nupafeed Advanced Medium Freestyle Final at the same Championships on Sunday 13 April.  An additional two wild cards will be offered at the discretion of the Organising Committee*.

As well as International Dressage, Royal Windsor Horse Show 2014 introduces CSI3* Show Jumping to its already established international Driving and Endurance competitions.

The 71st running of the Royal Windsor Horse Show takes place on 14-18 May 2014 in the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle, Berkshire.


For a full programme of events visit: www.rwhs.co.uk

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