Thursday, April 4, 2013

Equestrian events - What can we look forward to this year?

Article written by Holly Powell - Guest Poster
The last year was a fantastic time for horse riding. The Olympic Games introduced a whole new group of people to equestrian sport, thanks in no small part to the fact that the Great Britain team topped the medal table with three golds, one silver and one bronze. The team and individual dressage and jumping events wowed the crowds at the showground, and billions around the world. Seeing horses dance and clear the high bars amazed everyone and brought equestrian events truly into the mainstream.

But now that the Games are over what else do we have to look forward to and how can we keep the enthusiasm going?

Peter Leone's Show Jumping Clinic: Success Strategies for Equestrian CompetitorsFortunately there are many regular events and meetings up and down the country that can inspire and energise new fans of horse riding and maintain the momentum. You can find out about all sorts of horse riding events at sites such as www.ridingdiary.co.uk and www.equiportal.co.uk.

But the highlight of 2013 is surely going to be the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Taking place from May 8th to 12th at Windsor Castle, this is the show that everyone in the equestrian world spends their winter preparing for.

The show was first held in 1943 as a way to raise money for the war effort, so this year it celebrates its 70th anniversary. There will be a mix of events and attractions, including international carriage driving, showing, displays and jumping. There are categories for grass-roots competitors’ right through to international riders, and all set in the beautiful grounds of Windsor Castle. The show is patronised by Her Majesty The Queen and The Duke of Edinburgh is Show President and takes an active part in the event.

Arena displays and activities for this year will include:
·         DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games – Taking place throughout the week with the trophy presentations on Sunday, the mounted games will be held in the main Castle Arena. They promise fun for all the family, with teams from England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland competing against each other. The Pony Club also runs Tetrathlon and jumping competitions.
·         Skill at Arms and Tent Pegging – The military equestrian competitions date back to the 1700s so today the Army continues the demonstration of horsemanship, accuracy and determination.
·         Best Turned Out Trooper – The Troopers of the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment are judged on their appearance for the prestigious The Best Turned Out Trooper title.

There are all sorts of other competitions and displays taking place throughout the week too. Some of the classes include The Horse & Hound Foxhunter, Land Rover Grades B & C Handicap Jumping, Hunter Championship, The Walwyn Novice Jumping Championship and RWHS BRC Championships Dressage.

The Royal Windsor Horse Show is a must-visit for anyone who loves horse riding and is a great introduction to equestrian sports and shows for those who have never been before. Visitors are bound to return home with renewed enthusiasm for riding and plenty of inspiration for their next competition.

This guest post was contributed by Holly Powell on behalf of Edgemere equestrian supplies shop, to visit their website click here.

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