"Convoys" of horse boxes are set to be seen heading to Windsor Great Park this Spring as a popular equestrian event has sold out just 36 hours after opening its entries.

The Royal Windsor Fun Ride will see an estimated 600 riders and their horses in attendence from all over the country.

Previously attendees have incldued BBC presenter Fiona Bruce and stunt rider teams called the Devil’s Horsemen who are well-known for their thrilling riding in films such as The Game of Thrones

Originally started as a fundraiser by Henley resident Amanda Stewart, in 2016, the event has grown each year and now has thousands of loyal followers.

Tickets for entry to this years event were released on Thursday evening and after high volumes of entries, ticket sales came to a close on Saturday morning.

Amanda said: "I first had the idea to run the event whilst borrowing a friend’s horse called Rose whilst appearing as an extra as a side-saddle rider in the hit period drama Downton Abbey.

"I have been running events similar to this for over 20 years and although they’re hard work, they give so much to the equestrian community as well as having the added brilliant benefit of being good fundraisers too."

This year all money raised will be going to Thames Valley Air Ambulance and The British Horse Society.

“The comments and thanks that we receive after the event, especially from people who have made the event a major expedition just make it all so worthwhile," Amanda added.

"Some riders have travelled previously from Derby and convoys of horse boxes have left Essex in order to take part as well as one group taking the 4.00am ferry from the Isle of Wight."

A feature castle-jump will also be a main attraction, sitting strategically with Windsor Castle as the backdrop.

Coronation-themed rosettes will be up for grabs for particates.

The equestrian event will take place on May 20 to 21 invites riders to take part between 9.30am and 3pm.