LONDON, 25TH APRIL 2012:
Showjumping sensation Tim Gredley today announced that he is planning his long awaited comeback at this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show (9 – 13 May 2012), with his sights set high on Olympic team selection. Following a two-year period out, which he spent immersing himself in the family business, Gredley will be competing in this year’s Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix, on his brand new horse, Kimber Lain Z, and potentially the Land Rover Six Bar.
Fresh from the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida, Gredley is looking forward to competing in front of a home crowd at top level. Joining him will also be Nottinghamshire’s showjumping star, Michael Whitaker, who will compete in the Land Rover Six Bar on Doobally, as well as The Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix on Wild Rose, as well as Tim Stockdale, who returns to competitive jumping after breaking his neck in a riding accident late last year. Tim has made an amazing recovery and will compete in 3 jumping classes including the The Alltech Royal Windsor Grand Prix alongside Ellen Whitaker, who has also entered riding Arena UK Lando on Sunday 13th May.
Tim Gredley said: “I’ve been competing at Royal Windsor Horse Show since I was 15 years old, so it’s a really special event for me. I’ve really enjoyed working and expanding the family real estate business, but I’ve missed show jumping so much. The Grand Prix is the biggest competition for Show Jumping at Windsor – it’s great fun to watch and it’s a huge crowd pleaser. I can’t wait to get back to doing what I love most.”
With just under two weeks until Royal Windsor Horse Show (9 – 13 May 2012), the countdown has officially commenced and organisers have been overwhelmed with a record number of entries for the 170 classes, which include the eleven horses and ponies entered by Her Majesty The Queen.
Over 3000 entries were received for this year’s Show in Windsor – among the most popular are the Pre-Veteran Horse class on the opening day and The Tattersalls and RoR Thoroughbred Ridden Show Horse class on Friday morning.
As the first major outdoor show of the season, and the only annual event that allows visitors access to Her Majesty The Queen’s private grounds at Windsor, this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show is set to be bigger and better than ever before. As well as a packed programme of top class show jumping, 150 showing classes and thrilling driving action with the Land Rover International Driving Grand Prix, Royal Windsor promises entertainment and displays galore including the DAKS Pony Club Mounted Games, Land Rover Tent Pegging and The Household Cavalry Best turned Out Trooper supported by Alltech. The Show will also be enhanced by the inclusion of some outstanding international equestrian displays, there by courtesy of The Diamond Jubilee Pageant which takes place in the same showgrounds during the evenings.
Simon Brooks Ward, Managing Director of HPower and Event Director said: “With The Royal Windsor Horse Show playing host to the stars of The Diamond Jubilee Pageant, we are anticipating a record number of visitors and the level of this year’s entries is reflective of that. We all know The Queen herself is a passionate horsewoman and Royal Windsor Horse Show, which is set in her own private grounds, is extremely close to her heart. The Queen attends every year to watch her horses and ponies compete.”
Following on from an extremely successful debut at last year’s event, the Inter Schools Show Jumping competition is returning for its second year. Organisers have been forced to ballot the entries because of its huge popularity. 30 schools will compete at Royal Windsor on Saturday afternoon. Royal Windsor Horse Show is also a fantastic opportunity for riders aspiring to professional heights with the BRC Championships and the BHS Instructors Challenge classes, which organisers can report have been tremendously well received this year.
The equestrian global stars of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant, taking place at Windsor across four evenings of the Royal Windsor Horse Show include The New South Wales Mounted Police, the Magnificent Dancing Marwaris of India, The Karabakh Horses from Azerbaijan, The Chilean Huasos Equestrian Team, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, the Kremlin Equestrian Riding School, Carosello dell’Arma dei Carabinieri and the Passion for Tradition by the Royal Cavalry of Oman all of whom will be performing throughout the five days of the event.
Home to more than 200 shops, where you can find everything from all types of equestrian goodies, to jewellery, clothing, homeware and arts and crafts, the event also boasts a fantastic food and drink festival, as well as a 4 x 4 course and a generous selection of bars, restaurants and cafes for visitors to enjoy. The annual event attracts over 40,000 horse-loving enthusiasts from around the UK with a broad range of attendees.
Tickets are on sale now and are priced between £10 and £20 with various discounts available for groups, seniors and children. For further information and a confirmed programme of events please visit www.rwhs.co.uk. For tickets, call the box office on 0844 581 4960.
Editor: I expressed concern regarding the current wet weather. However, this fantastic event is blessed with all-weather surfaces so should not be indanger of cancellation, as many events are at present.