At the end of last week, following the announcement of the roadmap out of the lockdown, the organisers of the Royal Windsor Horse Show have confirmed that this year’s show will go ahead and take place from Thursday 1st to Sunday 4th July 2021.
The Show normally takes place in May with over 55,000 visitors attending the events, but it is likely that less people than normal will be able to attend this year due to COVID-19 restrictions.
Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward commented:
“We are looking forward to running a near as normal Show at Windsor in July. The start of this year has been difficult for all live events, but recent government announcements have given us the confidence to go full steam ahead with the organising of Royal Windsor, which includes planning for an audience.”
Naturally, all competitions will be run with the competitors’ safety being a priority and the adherence to COVID-19 guidelines that may be required in July by the local authority, health authorities, veterinary and equestrian associations and the government.
The Windsor Pageant, which was scheduled to take place in the evenings, will not take place this year, but the Show will include many of the scheduled elements in a special edition of equestrian displays, acts and music, taking advantage of the longer and lighter summer evenings when hopefully the weather will be as good as last year.
You will be able to go onto the website and see the schedule and day-by-day programme shortly, and it is hoped that the Show will run as close to its traditional format as possible, including International Jumping, Dressage, the Land Rover International Carriage Driving Grand Prix, International Endurance and Showing.
“We are very grateful for the tremendous backing of our supporters, which has allowed us to plan with confidence,”
“They include Rolex, Bahrain Endurance, Hermès, Coworth Park, DAKS, Al Shira’aa, Champagne Laurent-Perrier and, in particular, our Principal Partner, Jaguar Land Rover.
“We are determined to produce one of our best events for the horse world to enjoy, with a competitive and upbeat edition of this 78-year-old horse show.”
Tickets for Show visitors will be available soon, with Royal Windsor Horse Show Club members getting priority. However, should government guidelines change, and visitors not be allowed to attend on the dates of the Show then all purchased tickets will be refunded. Taking this into consideration, the organisers have committed to increasing the number of hours of live streaming and broadcasting from the Show this year, so that you will be able to enjoy the Royal Windsor Horse Show online even if you are not able to attend the Show in person.
For more information on this year’s Show schedule, please visit https://rwhs.co.uk
Simon Burrell is Editor of Our Man On The Ground, a member of The British Guild of Travel Writers and professional photographer.
Images courtesy of Royal Windsor Horse Show