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Monday, 07 May 2018
CSI5* Royal Windsor Horse Show 2018

Photo (c) CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show Kent Farrington returns to Royal Windsor Horse Show after winning the Grand Prix at the 2017-edition. Photo (c) CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show.

This week, it is time for the historic CHI Royal Windsor Horse Show. On the final day, Sunday 13 May, the horse and rider pairs will vie for the event's greatest award, the highly coveted Rolex Grand Prix.

Some 55,000 spectators will enter the private grounds of Windsor Castle to witness the action, an opportunity available to the public just once a year at this majestic show. The eyes of the equestrian world will focus primarily on defending champion Kent Farrington, a Rolex Testimonee, who returns to Royal Windsor eager to continue his success at the show and retain the Rolex Grand Prix title for a second consecutive year.

The 2018 edition is special in that it marks 75 years since the show’s inception. The show will feature a series of displays and exhibitions to commemorate the diamond anniversary. Royal Windsor’s long and distinguished history aligns well with Rolex, who, for more than 60 years has been cultivating an enduring legacy at the pinnacle of equestrianism, as partner to the finest riders, competitions and institutions.

An eager 8,000 equestrian spectators will enter through the imperial gates on Sunday 13 May, keen to witness the most distinguished showjumping pairings tackle the highly anticipated Rolex Grand Prix.

The course designer, Bob Ellis, is the mastermind behind many world-class tracks, including at the 2012 London Olympic Games, ensuring the optimal test for horse and rider. “Every year I look forward to returning to such a prestigious show to set the course for the world’s best,” he says. “This year will be a testing challenge for all who enter the famed Castle Arena.”

British hero Scott Brash will compete in the Rolex Grand Prix at Royal Windsor Horse Show, in front of a patriotic home crowd. Brash made history in 2015 by becoming the first and only rider to date to win the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping.

"Royal Windsor Horse Show is such a special place to compete," Brash says. "Not just because it is in front of the British public, but the atmosphere and setting give it the edge over many other events. The British public love show jumping and it's an honour to ride there."

Joining Scott Brash at Royal Windsor will be one of the best showjumpers in the world and defending champion Kent Farrington, from the United States. "Windsor is one of my favourite shows," says Farrington. "The atmosphere is magic and the spectators are especially knowledgeable and appreciative of horses. Now, with Rolex helping to make this a five-star event, it sits among the finest on the international circuit."

Accomplished Canadian rider Eric Lamaze will join in the action alongside fellow Testimonees Bertram Allen, from Ireland, and Swiss champion Steve Guerdat, who was voted Switzerland’s Rider of the Year in 2017.

The crowd will also welcome 2016 Olympic team gold medallist and 2017 winner of the Rolex IJRC Top 10 Final, France’s Kevin Staut. Rolex’s longest-standing equestrian testimonee from Brazil, Rodrigo Pessoa, will complete the Rolex family set to contend this 2018 competition.


Source: Press release from Royal Windsor Horse Show // Picture © Royal Windsor Horse Show

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