The Farriers Company has donated a new Best Shod Team trophy in the Services Team Jumping Competition at the Royal Windsor Horse Show.
The magnificent trophy features a shoe, contributed by Mr Nigel Phillips, worn by the charger ridden for many years by the late Earl Mountbatten of Burma. The official name of the horse was "Octave" but she was better known by her nickname of "Dolly".
The Master being away fulfilling a long standing commitment in Italy, the honour of accompanying HM The Queen at the presentation fell to Immediate Past Master Stephen Scott. The winning team, as judged by Past Master Carl Bettison, was from the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment and was represented by Lance Corporal of Horse Michael Partridge. Her Majesty took great interest in the trophy, recalling immediately that Dolly was Lord Mountbatten’s horse.
After the presentation, The Queen thanked the Immediate Past Master, saying that the gift of the trophy by the Company was "very generous".
This is a perpetual trophy and an opportunity will be found for it to be made available for viewing by members of the Livery. A fuller report will appear in the next issue of "The Clench".