International equestrian acts took centre stage at the 2019 Victorian Pageant at Royal Windsor Horse Show.
Held on the Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights of the Show, the Pageant welcomed acts from across the globe, including representatives from Hungary, Azerbaijan, Oman and Dubai, who performed alongside The Household Cavalry, King’s Troop Royal Artillery, and British dressage riders.
From the Hortobágy National Park in Hungary, the Csikós herdsmen performed their famous ‘puszta-five’, a display of horsemanship and skill that involves a rider standing on the backs of two horses, driving a further three ahead.
The Azerbaijan display, Kelaghayi and Karabakh Horses of Azerbaijan, presented by Land of Fire Azerbaijan, delighted the crowds with a dazzling display of beauty and skill, which told the story of the Kelaghayi, a symbolic headscarf steeped in culture and tradition.
Elsewhere, Oman’s Royal Cavalry and Mounted Band filled the arena with music played by 32 musicians, accompanied by traditional pipers and drum horses, while an appearance from Dubai’s Mounted Police was accompanied by a drum display with light-up instruments which wowed the crowd as night fell over the arena.
The Pageant 2020 will take place on the 14th, 15th and 16th May. Tickets now on sale.