THE HORSE WORLD REMEMBERS HRH The Duke of Edinburgh KG KT – An Equestrian Tribute
To all Members of our Equestrian Family
As we are all aware, His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh sadly passed away on 9th April, at the age of 99. He was a huge force for good in the equestrian world and his contributions, commitment and legacies have been widely reported in the media since his death.
The Horse World Remembers - A Tribute to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh is being coordinated by the Royal Windsor Horse Show, of which he was the active President for 30 years. During a time when we may not be able to pay tribute in person, The Horse World Remembers online Book of Condolence will provide a way to celebrate and commemorate the life of a remarkable man - available to all online who wish to pay their respects.
Amongst his other manifold achievements, His Royal Highness was a great equestrian. Combining the best qualities of both horsemanship and sportsmanship, the Duke competed at the highest level in Polo and Carriage Driving and was one of the driving forces behind the instigation of the latter on the world stage. He administered and led the International Equestrian Federation in one of the sport’s most successful phases, starting and supporting new equestrian disciplines, and even utilising his engineering interest to develop state of the art carriages for competition. His design for the bendy pole is still used today. Elsewhere, his genuine and engaged patronage of the Pony Club encouraged youth involvement in the sport at the grassroots level.
Messages from organisations and individuals, professionals and amateurs alike are all welcome. Please feel free to write whatever comes to your mind. It could be personal, it could be reflective, it could be joyous or it could be a message to His Royal Highness to thank him for his contribution to the horse world. Your message could be anonymous or not, it is up to you – photographs, stories, condolences and thoughts are all welcome. We also encourage you to share this opportunity with your society members and friends in the equestrian community. The Book of Condolence can be found at www.horseworldremembers.com
The entries to The Horse World Remembers Book of Condolence will be bound into a book for presentation to Her Majesty The Queen. During the 2021 Royal Windsor Horse Show (1st to 4th July) the entries will also be on display, making up a Wall which will be wrapped in the contributions. The Wall will become a central feature for people to remember The Duke of Edinburgh, and his amazing equestrian achievements.
The online Book of Condolence will stay active for four weeks from today and we are sure your contribution will mean so much to the family.
It was with great sadness that The Organising Committee of Royal Windsor Horse Show learned today of the death of its President, HRH The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh KG KT.
The Duke has been integral to the development of the Show since he became President in 1991 and he particularly showed a keen interest in growing the sport of competitive carriage driving at the event.
He started driving competitively in 1972, which was the beginning of many years of competitive driving. In 1973 he competed as an individual for Britain in the European Driving Championships which were hosted by the Show. In 1982 he won the Horse Teams Class in the International Driving Grand Prix with HM The Queen’s team of Bays and again, in 1989 he won the Pony Teams Class.
At the Horse Show he never missed the Pony Club Games Final. He created The Prince Philip Pony Club Games and the nations competition at Windsor was a highlight and demonstrated his interest in youth development.
He was a much respected figure in the driving community and in the wider equestrian world. His was a familiar face around the Showground where, in later years, he spent many hours watching the sport he loved and meeting old friends from the equestrian community.
He had a watchful eye and would often make suggestions to the Committee on ways to improve the show and its competition. His were wise words and his contribution to the Show cannot be underestimated. He will be a great loss.
Simon Brooks-Ward, Show Director, said: “HRH The Duke of Edinburgh’s contribution to the equestrian community cannot be underestimated. He was President of the FEI, wrote the International Carriage Driving rules, was a brilliant polo player and was a force for good at Royal Windsor.
He was a huge support to the show and encouraged initiative and creativity at every juncture. We will miss His Royal Highness’s visits to the office, watching him driving his fell ponies on a regular basis and for his down-to-earth, practical advice in the management of the show.
Many will not realise that also he wrote and typed up the foreword himself for every souvenir programme while he was President. They are his words and demonstrate that His Royal Highness knew and took a very personal interest in the show.
We all learn something more each day about this amazing man. He didn’t sit still for long & everything he did brought good to someone else. Who would have thought, the breadth of his knowledge just knew no bounds. He will be greatly missed by so many. Rest in peace after a life well spent - thank you xxxx
He did so much for equestrian sport. He will be sadly missed.
My Daughter had the honour of parading in the main ring in front of the Queen and Duke of Edinburgh when representing Scotland in the tetrathlon competition a special experience she will have to treasure
That’s wonderful he wrote his own foreword. Incredible man that will be truly missed by many ❤️
We will all miss him and his huge contribution to the show as well his wider contribution to carriage driving, polo and all his others interests and charities. Rest in peace Sir
Love the show. Saw him carriage driving there many years ago.
Oh yes , what a man. Nice to look at too.
Such a brilliant man and a wonderful photo that captures his spirit. A full and well spent life, who could ask for more 🎩
Royal Windsor Horse Show 2016
Joseph von Eichendorff
Es war, als hätt' der Himmel
Die Erde still geküsst,
Dass sie im Blütenschimmer
Von ihm nun träumen müsst.
Die Luft ging durch die Felder
Die Ähren wogten sacht
Es rauschten leis die Wälder
So sternklar war die Nacht.
Und meine Seele spannte
Weit ihre Flügel aus,
Flog durch die stillen Lande,
Als flöge sie nach Haus.
Herzliches Beileid an die gesamte Familie und ein letztes Horrido für einen herausragenden Waidmann.
Prince Philip had such a great smile. And how he loved driving his team of horses. He was truly a fine man and so engaged in living life. He will be very much missed.
I didn't appreciate how much he had done until I read his book. 'On and off the box seat.' What an amazing man. Will be missed.
One of my favourite photos I took at Royal Windsor some years ago ❤️
Fabulous show rip prince Philip
We visited in 2017 and saw Prince Philip go and talk to every junior rider in the mounted games following their event. I am sure those ying riders would have been thrilled.
News and Updates: Judges Announced, Timetables and More!
We are delighted to welcome our Judges for the 2021 Show! The List of Judges is now available on the Competitors page of our website or at the link here: bit.ly/2OxeLhc
A provisional timetable is also available on the website. We have had a few queries regarding the Entry Dates and final Schedule, which we can confirm are due to be released shortly. Entries will be made via My Riding Life & My Show Secretary as in previous years, so if you wish to enter get ahead now and make sure your account is created and your details are up to date. Should you have any queries please do check the Competitors page of our website or email us.
We are currently aiming to go on sale with tickets in late April - early May, according to ticket type. Audience capacity will be limited according to Covid guidelines, with the first tickets going on sale to Members (both Previous Members and those who would like to purchase a new Membership for 2021). More info on Tickets can be found here: rwhs.co.uk/windsor-horse-show-club-and-general-entry-tickets/
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Absolutely marvellous news. Just the tonic. Hotel booked YEE HAH XXX
Great news can’t wait !
Sandra Gummery whoop whoop...
Andy Springett 😁
Hoping to come as have been vaccinated.🐎
So happy that this can go ahead
So instead of being my daughter's birthday treat it will be my birthday treat!
Brendan Ramshaw can we do this x
Michelle K Tejevo
Ladies day out?
Fantastic news! roll on July! 😀
surely you could have found a date that didnt clash with our dog show
Kate Jayne yes please
Alison Croud We are on holiday. How about going to Burley in September. Xx
Fabulous please send out schedules please
I think you'll find there are a few thousand disgruntled dog people, many of who also have horses!! Couldn't you have found an alternative date? I fail to see how the Windsor Championship Dog Show and the Windsor Horse Show would be able to have their events over the same weekend at the same venue! Traffic alone would put a stop to this! 🙁
Mark William Hambleton Robert Shaw
Alice Harris Lucy Harris I think we should go along x
Lizzie Killmister July this year
We need to book! Terri Louise Hayter are you coming with girls x