On Thursday 12th May No 6 Squadron took two children to compete in the Fancy Dress Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show. This class is sponsored by The Lions Club of Windsor. The theme this year was “Pantomime” and after a lot of deliberating we decided to enter as “Aladdin”. Grace Gibbs was Aladdin riding Redwood who was the Magic Carpet and Lorraine Harmes was the Genie riding Danny who was dressed as the Lamp. Although it was a very bright sunny day and the wind played havoc with our costumes we came a very creditable 5th.
Carol Service was it St Mary’s Church , Hampton due to the restoration of the pews in The Chapel Royal. We didn’t issue tickets as St Mary’s is a big church. We are very grateful to Derek Winterburn for officiating in his beautiful church and to the organist Christopher Booth for playing for us. Our Patron, HRH Princess Michael of Kent was able to attend this year. She was able to spend half an hour after the service chatting to Horse Rangers and some of the volunteers. I’m sure it is a moment they will all remember, and if the bits of conversation I overheard were typical, so will she.
Following the British victory at Trafalgar, a dispatch was sent by Admiral Collingwood 1000 miles from Cadiz to England. From Falmouth it was picked up by post chaise and brought 265 miles to the Admiralty. This journey was re enacted over a longer period last summer as part of the bicentenary celebrations.
Horse Rangers provided an escort to the Poste Chaise, on two of the days. The first was in Hammersmith on 7th September and the second in Kensington on the 8th. There were four beautifully turned out officers on four perfectly behaved horses on each occasion, drawing much admiring comment on each occasion.
The weekend was as usual a very busy one with all sorts of team and individual competitions. Thanks, as always go to the parents, friends and relations who worked so hard to make this a successful event