Hotly anticipated visiting riders include two-time Olympic team gold medalist McLain Ward of Brewster, NY; Olympic team gold medalist Laura Kraut ( Wellington, FL); and exciting young talent including Belgium's Jos Verlooy (18), New York, NY's Katie Dinan (20), Brianne Goutal (25, Palm Beach, FL) and Belgian twin brothers Nicola and Olivier Philippaerts (25). Kent Farrington (33, Greenwich, CT) returns to defend his 2012 title in the Ricoh Big Ben Challenge.
The evening performance on Thursday, November 7 th offers an exciting double-bill of international show jumping with the $32,000 MNP International Top Score and the $20,000 Royal Dressage Invitational Freestyle to Music.
The Royal Horse Show is not limited to competition however, with family-friendly features including the exciting Jack Russell Terrier races and Sylvia Zerbini, former star of Cavalia, performing in the horse show this week.
The show continues through Sunday, November 10 th, with closing day's competition free with general admission to the Royal.For complete list of international entries, full horse show timetable and to purchase tickets online please visit royalfair.org. About the Royal Horse Show and 91 st Royal Agricultural Winter Fair ~ A family tradition since 1922, the Royal Horse Show brings world-class horses and riders from Canada, the U.S. and overseas, including Olympic and World champions, to Toronto each November to compete for almost $800,000 in prize money and prestigious titles. Over 850 horses of all shapes and sizes participate in show jumping, dressage, indoor eventing, driving, coaching and so much more, over the ten-days of competition. Special features such as the President's Choice Animal Theatre, the aMAZEing Food Journey, AG-tivity Central, Trade-Fair shopping & educational events round out a day at The Royal. The Royal remains a highlight of the Toronto fall social calendar, visited by Royalty, politicians and horse-enthusiasts for generations. For competition schedules, LIVE webcasting, results and to purchase tickets, please visit www.royalfair.org. Join the Conversation! facebook.com/royalfair twitter.com/royalhorseshow youtube.com/royalhorseshow PHOTOS AVAILABLE IN HIGH RESOLUTION