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If you’ve never been to a Horse Show, here’s a bit of information to make your day at the Royal Horse Show that much more fun! The Royal boasts a huge variety of equestrian based competition open to all ages and many different breeds of horses.

One of the many highlights are our competitions for International Show Jumpers which take place November 11th – 15th. Jumpers are judged solely on objective performance so it's easy to follow along. Horses and riders compete over a course of very high, colourful jumps and are assessed penalties for knocking a jump down, refusing to jump a jump, jumping obstacles in the wrong order or for surpassing the time allowed by the course designer. International riders from six countries will compete at this year's show so pick your favorite rider and don’t be afraid to cheer loudly when they have a fault free performance!

In addition to spectacular Show Jumping, The Royal also hosts the Canadian Championships for Hunters. Hunters are considered to be the supermodels of the sport and are judged on their style and technique of jumping, manners and overall presentation as well as the smoothness of their jumping round. Hunter jumps resemble obstacles that rider and horse would have come across during their gallop across the country side while fox hunting. Fence rails, gates, shrubs and walls are very common elements in today’s modern show ring for hunters. Will you fall in love with the beautiful black horse with the white star? You will also be amazed at all of the breeds of horses shown that pull carts, wagons and big hitches. In addition to the movement, manners and turnout of the horses, the judge may also take into consideration what type of wagon or cart horses are pulling. Cheer for your favorite high stepping hackney, shout when the announcer calls “drive on!” in the road horse classes or clap and whoop it up when the judges approaches your favorite heavy horse hitch for inspection!

Come to The Royal Horse Show and decide who your favorite is. Our competitors appreciate their fans!

  • Book lunch or dinner at your favourite Royal Restaurant. Be sure to reserve early, as peak dining times before Horse Show matinees and evening performances always fill up quickly. Reservation lines open September 15th, 2013.
  • Thank you to all of our Exhibitors who made this year's Royal Horse Show a great success!
  • Take a stroll around the historical horse palace for a behind the scenes look at the effort and hours of preparation required for the horses to go under the lights in the Ricoh Coliseum.
  • The Royal Agricultural Winter Fair and Horse Show is proud to be at the forefront of today’s equestrian sporting events. Each year staff and volunteers work diligently to support all disciplines of horse sport and a wide variety of horse breeds...
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  • The Royal Horse Show is internationally recognized as providing some of the most exciting competitions and highly regarded classes in equestrian sport. Over 900 entries will compete in their respective divisions to be crowned a "Royal Champion".  ...
  • The venerable Royal Horse Show is a must see part of the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair. With ten feature performances and a wide range of seating options, as guests you can choose to experience the Show in your own way in casual jeans, business...

Upcoming Events

Date: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 - 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Location: Horse Palace
Type: Horse Show
Take a visit to the horse palace to enjoy the free breeding horse show where you can watch our beautiful blonde Belgian horses and their handlers compete for the Grand Champion award.  
Date: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 - 08:30 AM to 03:00 PM
Location: Horse Palace
Type: Horse Show
Take a visit to the horse palace to enjoy watching the beautiful black Percheron horses and their handlers compete for the Grand Champion award. This show is free with the purchase of a General Admission ticket.
Date: Fri, Nov 7, 2014 - 12:30 PM to 05:30 PM
Location: Ricoh Coliseum
Type: Horse Show
Enjoy our talented Junior and Amateur Hunter Riders from across Canada as they compete for a chance to be crowned a 'Royal National Champion'. 
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