The fences were massive. The field was stacked. The classes were blistering fast! Relive the highlights of the week that was at Royal Windsor Horse Show (RWHS) in the UK, brought to you by AIG Private Client Group: “We share your passions…and we’ll help you protect them.”
After a 12-year hiatus, the Puissance returned to the RWHS in 2021 with five rounds of thrilling jumping. Brits Guy Williams and Joseph Stockdale deservingly shared the Puissance title, each clearing the massive 2.1m wall. Williams tackled the challenge aboard proven Puissance winner, the 12-year-old Mr Blue Sky UK. It was 21-year-old Stockdale’s first ever Puissance and he did it aboard a horse he’d never competed before, Florida VDL.
Holly Smith found out that she had been named to Great Britain’s Olympic Show Jumping Team for the upcoming Tokyo Games on Friday—the first female named to the team in 45 years. She then promptly reaffirmed the British Olympic Association’s decision by topping a 12-horse jump off aboard the 11-year-old KWPN gelding, Fruselli in the CSI5* Pearl Stakes. Meanwhile American Lillie Keenan and Agana van het Gerendal Z captured the opening CSI5* event earlier in the day, topping the Manama Speed Stakes.
Smith and Fruselli logged their second speedy win of the week with the CSI5* Falcon Stakes, while Kent Farrington (USA) and Creedance dominated the jump-off of the CSI5* Kingdom of Bahrain Stakes for the King’s Cup.
Tokyo-bound Ben Maher (GBR) and Explosion W proved untouchable in the Rolex Grand Prix, laying down a blistering track in a thrilling 10-horse jump off against the world’s best to take the win. Earlier in the day countryman Scott Brash (GBR) and Hello Shelby topped the CSI5* Manama Rose Show Stakes.
Royal Windsor is a wrap. See you next year!
Royal Windsor Horse Show is brought to you by AIG Private Client Group: “We share your passions…and we’ll help you protect them.”