Following the success of Virtual Windsor this May, Royal Windsor Horse Show organisers have announced the return of the online show as a new series, with virtual events set to take place in Autumn and Winter this year.
Streaming live from 25th – 27th September 2020, the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series will provide riders from all over the world with an online competition platform, showcasing riders in three disciplines as they perform from their own homes. Featuring 22 Showing classes, including new classes for International Pony Club Dressage, Riding for the Disabled Association, and Equitation Jumping, the event will allow free entry to all.
As with May’s event, virtual visitors to the Autumn Series will be able to browse new products and offers in the popular shopping section, and will also be treated to an array of bonus features, including yards tours and online masterclasses with first-class riders. The Autumn Series will also see the launch of a new, specially designed jumping discipline – Equitation Jumping.
Designed to provide an online competition platform for showjumpers across the globe, Equitation Jumping is based on Prix Caprilli, and will involve competitors filming a short test and submitting the footage. The test must include three fences of any kind and at any height, with one stride between each. Judged by professional judge, showjumper and event rider Julian White, riders will be awarded points for their position, use of aids and straightness, as well as for the technique, shape and impulsion of their horse. Open to all, the Equitation Jumping Championship will be taking place on Sunday 27th September.
This event will also mark the anticipated return of Virtual Windsor’s Showing Series. In May’s event, we saw over 4,000 entries from riders around the world, including riders as far away as South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Amateur and professional riders competed, and we even saw an entry from Her Majesty The Queen! September’s event will feature 26 Showing classes covering a huge range, from Hunters and Riding Horses to Show Ponies and Side Saddle, and the Winter Series will include classes dedicated to showcasing international horse breeds, all of which will be free for all to enter.
Entries for the Virtual Windsor Autumn Series are set to open in August 2020. Schedules and a full breakdown of the rules for each class can be found on the Virtual Windsor website.