The Horse Trust is holding a very special tea party in celebration of Her Majesty’s Diamond Jubilee at its Home of Rest for Horses.
On Saturday, June 9 between 2pm and 3.30pm The Trust’s Grade II Listed 16th century barn will be the venue for the celebratory tea and here people can enjoy an assortment of Jubilee themed refreshments whilst soaking up the atmosphere and history of this impressive building.
The stunning barn provided stabling for King Charles II’s horse during his reign when he visited his hunting lodge locally and took refreshments at Ye Plow Inn, now known as The Old Plow, at Flowers Bottom, Speen.
Royal horses Marsa, Tom, Aurora and Jed will be grazing in the paddocks outside the tea barn where the “Jubilee” visitors can meet them and find out more about their working lives .
Irish Draught Cross, 16 hh, Windsor Grey Marsa, retired yesterday to The Horse Trust from The Royal Mews, has worked as a loyal and faithful servant to HM The Queen as both a carriage horse and an out-rider in all State and Ceremonial Events.
Marsa also regularly pulled carriages to collect High Commissioners and Ambassadors from their Embassies to visit Buckingham Palace to meet HM The Queen and provided transport for The Queen’s Messenger twice each week throughout the year.
Unfortunately after 10 years service the high mileage road work has given Marsa some wear and tear causing him, at times, chronic lameness and his retirement to The Horse Trust is the perfect medicine for a comfortable and happy future.
16.2 hh Aurora, who was ridden during her working life by both HM The Queen and The Trust’s patron, HRH The Princess Royal and Royal Parks Shire horse, Jed, are also taking part in this very special Diamond Jubilee Event.
After the success of the Horses, Heroes and Hounds Fun Day at the Horse Trust at the beginning of May, where over 3,000 people came to enjoy a fun-packed country themed event, The Trust is once again offering popular, pony rides for children from 6 -16 years of age.
Hands on grooming will also be available and the chance to meet other new arrivals Gemma and Teddy from Gaddesden and Wyfold Riding for the Disabled. There will also be fun and games for children and adults and the chance to enter our prize draws.