Royal Windsor Horse Show to open British summer show season in May

First day of horse show, which takes place 13-17 May, will be free to enter

Credit: Kit Houghton

One of the UK’s greatest outdoor equestrian celebrations, Royal Windsor Horse Show, kicks off the 2015 British summer show season from Wednesday 13 May to Sunday 17 May, with the first day of the event free to enter.

Over 3,000 horses and ponies will descend on Her Majesty The Queen’s private grounds at Windsor Castle to take part in the five-day show.

International competitions take place in show jumping, dressage, carriage driving and endurance racing, and there are 130 national showing classes. Other highlights include displays from The King’s Troop Royal Horse Artillery and The Household Cavalry, the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games and The Shetland Pony Grand National.

Family-friendly events include an old fashioned funfair and over 230 stands selling equestrian, homeware and fashion goods. Open to the public for the duration of the show only, the grounds of Windsor Castle will allow picnics and is the perfect spot to take in the events.

Now in its 72nd year, the horse show will offer a total prize money in excess of £250,000. Last year spectators saw Olympic Gold Medallist, Charlotte Dujardin, win the international dressage competition, while this year, the ever popular Thursday and Friday evening dressage competitions will be a key feature with evening tickets starting at just £8.

HM The Queen has attended the horse show every year since it began in 1943 and even competed in her younger days. Other members of the Royal Family, including HRH The Duke of Edinburgh and HRH The Princess Royal, have also taken part in the show’s competitions. In recent years, the Queen has enjoyed watching many of her own horses compete in the showing classes.

All tickets can be purchased on or telephone the box office on 0844 581 4960 from the UK and +44 (0) 121 767 4660 internationally. Tickets can also be bought over the counter from Royal Windsor Information Centre (01753 743589 or online at 

Entrance: ‘Windsor Wednesday’ is free for all visitors. Free admission for children on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 May. Adult tickets cost £16 on Thursday 14 May and £20 on Friday 15 May. On Saturday 16 May and Sunday 17 May showground entry will be £25 for adults and £10 for children. Evening tickets are available on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and start from £8. There are discounts for group bookings, and family value tickets for two adults and three children are £60 on either Saturday or Sunday.

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