We’re just a few weeks away from the Royal Windsor Horse Show now and it’s safe to say that I’m getting very, very excited about it! Not only is Windsor the first event I will have attended with the Hayfield trade stand for around 18 months, it’s also one of my all-time favourite equestrian days out. If you haven’t been before, I can’t recommend it highly enough. Here are just some of the reasons why it’s so special to me.
The Royal Windsor Horse show is the largest outdoor equestrian event in the country and it’s the only show in the UK to host international competitions in four sports – dressage, driving, endurance and show jumping – at the same event. There’s usually a fabulous pageant in the evening too, celebrating all aspects of the horse, but sadly this isn’t taking place this year.
We’re lucky as equestrians that a lot of our events and competitions take place in beautiful countryside, simply because we need space for horses to do their thing. But Windsor is another kind of beauty entirely! The show takes place against the striking backdrop of the castle itself and the parkland and royal seal of approval gives it the most incredible atmosphere.
Her Royal Highness the Queen is a regular attendee of this celebration of all things equine, enjoying welcoming leading riders and drivers to what is essentially her back garden! She also enters her own homebred horses and ponies in various showing classes and even competed there herself when she was a girl. I’m hoping that this year, with the risks around Covid-19 and the Delta variant, will be no different and that we will see her majesty enjoying the show.
I was over the moon to be hand-selected alongside the other exhibitors to be part of the event this year. The quality of the companies which make up the shopping village is so high and it’s incredibly flattering to be chosen to be alongside them. I do have a ‘pinch me’ moment every now and then when I think about it.
My preparations for the show are well underway now. I’ve been working hard in the studio creating as many hats and feather pins as I possibly can so that the trade stand will be stocked to the rafters. We will also be stocking our new silk scrunchies and pillowcases, which means there will be so many different gorgeous goodies for people to buy. All we need now is some wonderfully sunny English weather and our first show since the pandemic disrupted our world so much will be underway. If you’re one of the lucky ones who did manage to get tickets for the show, make sure you come by to say hello.