All weather arena helped show to go on, says Peter Charles

The promotion to 4* showjumping status had a magnificent effect on this year’s Royal Windsor Horse Show and 2012 gold medallist, Peter Charles paid tribute to the equestrian surface supplied by Martin Collins:

"In the main arena, Martin Collins topped up the footing and the horses jumped amazingly well off it. ...With the wet weather at the start of the week, it was a relief that there was an all-weather arena.  Without that facility there probably wouldn’t have been a show at all,” commented Peter Charles in his regular column for Horse & Hound Magazine, 19 May 2016.”

The upgraded status of the show attracted some of the world’s top riders and the competition was fierce across all disciplines, providing a fantastic spectacle for the thousands of visitors attending over the four days.

Despite the cancellation of ‘Windsor Wednesday’ due to incessant rain and flooding, the resilient British public turned out in force for the remaining days and ticket sales were up by 20% day on day compared to previous years.

Spectators enjoyed world-class equestrian sport and fabulous international entertainment in the stunning grounds of Windsor Castle – the only time of the year that HM The Queen opens up the private grounds to the public.

There was a real international feel to the event this year, with international competitions in Show Jumping, Driving and Endurance as well as spectacular displays from acts from around the world including the Canadian Mounted Police, The Chilean Huasos and the Dancers and Karabakh horses and dancers from Azerbaijan, all of which were taking part in The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration, which took place on each evening of the event.

Show Director, Simon Brooks-Ward said: “This year’s event was very special. Not only did we have the upgraded status of the show to 4* level, thus attracting some of the world’s top equestrian athletes, but there was a celebratory feel to the whole event with The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebrations in the evening.”

The Martin Collins Riding arenas at Windsor

Martin Collins Enterprises were responsible for renovating the 6,500m₂ main arena which has a purpose built drainage system and is surfaced with ECOTRACK, a specialist equestrian surface combining silica sand, synthetic fibres and a wax coating.  This, along with other Martin Collins works kept the show on the road across a total of 4.5 acres of riding arenas at Windsor.  

Nicholas Collins added: “We are proud to have a long association with Royal Windsor Horse Show and it is a great privilege to work at such a unique venue. This year's show was extremely special and we were honoured to have been involved.”

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To read a full round-up of the 2016 Royal Windsor Horse Show, click here.

To view the equestrian surfaces in action, watch a selection of videos from the event here.