The CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show has announced it's to offer a record-breaking prize fund for its 2019 edition, becoming the UK’s richest equestrian show.
History will be made at the country’s largest horse show this year following news that the Grand Prix prize fund has been increased from €300,000 to a €500,000.
The prize boost brings the total cash prize on offer at the show to €875,000.
The annual event, which this year takes place between 8th -12th May, remains the only UK show to host first-class international competitions across four of the eight FEI disciplines: Dressage, Carriage Driving, Endurance and Show Jumping.
As a result, the show has attracted some of the biggest names in equestrian sport, including Olympic, World and European champions.
Last year’s event attracted six of the world’s top 10 riders from equestrian sport, including the winner of the Rolex Grand Prix and the current world number one ranked show jumper, Steve Guerdat.
This year’s CS15* Show Jumping is to be held on 10-12th May and will culminate in the Rolex Grand Prix on Sunday 12th May.
Commenting on this year’s event, Scott Brash, Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping champion, said: “Royal Windsor is like no other show, it’s set in one of the most spectacular outdoor settings, and attracts an incredibly knowledgeable and informed show jumping crowd.
“Having such a strong line-up of world-class competitors each year really reflects the Show’s growth and importance. I believe spectators will be in for something special this year and I really look forward to competing.”
Among the returning events taking centre stage during the week will be the Al Shira’aa CD14* Dressage Grand Prix and Freestyle to Music, with the Castle Arena expected to host the likes of Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester on the evenings of 9th and 10th May.
New to the show this year are the Pony Club Dressage Championships, as well as the Under 25 Show Jumping competition, set to take place on Friday 10th May and Sunday 12th May respectively.
Organisers have also confirmed that this year’s edition of the Royal Windsor Horse Show will host The Pageant 2019, a 90-minute show of music and entertainment held on the 9th 10th and 11th May, to help celebrate the 200th anniversary of the birth of Queen Victoria.