This year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show excelled in all its classes: from the traditional horse and pony rings and new 4 star show jumping, to the exceptional HM Queen Elizabeth 90th Birthday Celebrations, it’s horse regiments, marching and mounted bands, international horsemanship displays and the uplifting bonhomie of every performance. Our congratulations go out to Simon Brooks Ward for the superbly choreographed HMQ90 and to his well respected operations team for their hard work in pulling this unique annual event together in testing circumstances. At Woodhouse we are proud to be a member of their team of longstanding suppliers, in fact we worked our 1st RWHS in 1952.
This year we started in early April to install all 1100 temporary stables ready to accommodate the early arriving Omani Cavalry in our London 2012 Barn Stables, which were also used for the FEI 4 star show jumpers. The Household Cavalry, The King’s Troop and The Royal Canadian Mounted Police were stabled alongside each other in our Traditional Temporary Stables while the International Driving horses were stabled in our Quickstables on the public parkland. Our installation teams, led by Manager Jack Tarr, ensured the back of house stable village was handed over to the RWHS Team in great condition to welcome the equestrian artistes.
Meanwhile, front of house, Woodhouse also installed 6000 sqm of brilliant white trade stands for the gathering of prestigious vendors to display and sell their goods. These avenues of tempting shopping were separated by temporary roadways to ensure firm footing and used colourful banners to display the vendors’ names. Huge effort went into ensuring the Clearspan© trade stands looked their best for this most important of RWHS occasions.
Unfortunately the British weather was not kind and half a month’s worth of rain fell overnight on Tuesday and the Project Director was forced to make the difficult decision to abandon day 1 in the hope this would preserve the Windsor Castle grounds for the remainder of the show. This allowed the RWHS operations team to mobilise all hands on deck to dewater the carparks and the stabling areas, to spread tons of wood chippings followed by straw to dry up the stable village footing (see our stable photo gallery) and keep the show on the road. Fortunately the weather cleared up on Thursday and 50,000 people attended over the 4 RWHS show days and 30,000 attended or viewed the HMQ90 Celebrations at the venue.