Ain’t no party like a Windsor Castle party!
Because when The Queen hosts a horse show, the whole world shows up. North American contingent included.
The Royal Windsor Horse Show (RWHS), the 76th in history, plays host to 5* show jumping, 4* dressage, 4* four-in-hand driving, 3* pony four-in-hand driving and 3* pairs driving competition this week at the royal residence of Windsor Castle in the United Kingdom. This year, American competitors will contest four of the five international divisions.
In show jumping, Canadian Olympians Eric Lamaze and Tiffany Foster together with US fan favorites Kent Farrington, Laura Kraut and Jessica Springsteen will take on 34 of the world’s top riders. Among them, current World No. 1 and 2019 FEI Jumping World Cup™ Final champion Steve Guerdat (SUI), who will defend his Rolex Grand Prix title; Sweden’s Peder Fredricson (world #2); Swiss rider Martin Fuchs (world #5); and Germany’s Daniel Deusser (world #6). Plus and whole slew of Olympians, world champions and wunderkinds from 12 nations.
In dressage, USA’s Katherine Bateson Chandler and Alcazar are among the 14 athlete/8 nation start list that includes the pride of Britain: Charlotte Dujardin and Carl Hester.
Team USA’s 2018 World Equestrian Games team gold medalists Chester Weber and Misdee Wrigley-Miller will compete in four-in-hand driving against living legend Boyd Excell, plus an 11-flag/28-driver field, while James Miller and Steve Wilson will represent the red, white and blue in Pairs Driving.
It’s a veritable who’s who of international sport. Here’s the full international list for show jumping to illustrate just how. (Links to the other international divisions above.)
AL ALAWI, Sayed Adnan
AL KHALIFA, H.h. Sh. Isa Bin Salman Bin Mohammed
AL KHATRI, Khalid Hilal
BOST, Roger Yves
DE LUCA, Lorenzo
VON ECKERMANN, Henrik
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