Unmarred by last week’s rather wet and worrying start (resulting in Wednesday’s events being cancelled due to flooded car parks), from Thursday the Mucky Pheasant joined revelling royals and horsey-holics alike at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. Not only was the UK’s largest outdoor horse show held within the stunning grounds of HM The Queen’s Windsor residence (Windsor Castle if you were unsure) but the event was also made extra special by our beloved monarch turning 90 this year.
The event showcases all equine disciplines, including eventing, jumping and driving (nothing to do with Landies, all to do with carriages). Competitors from around the globe took to various arenas to strut, stomp and soar their stuff to victory. Winning rosettes and cups are one thing but winning the attention of The Queen (and subsequently the adoration of the 1000s of spectators) was what mattered most – probably.
The Mucky Pheasant opened its canvas doors to the well-preened punters watching the hundreds of showing classes all taking place in the Copper Horse Ring. Thanks to the royal setting, guests ranged from well-dressed country folk, lords, ladies (and their labradors) as well as camouflaged privates, officers and even a general or three. Sadly Her Majesty’s complimentary G&T was left untouched but we’re sure we got a Royal wink of approval. What’s the Pheasant’s next stop, you ask? The Royal Bath & West Show in Somerset.