The Worshipful Company of Farriers
Promoting the welfare of the horse since 1356
Upper Warden, Brigadier Neill O'Connor
A soldier for thirty five years, including a tour with the King's Troop RHA, I had the opportunity whilst serving to ride competitively, to play polo and to hunt. On retirement from the Army my appointment as City Marshal to the Lord Mayor allowed me to continue with mounted duties within the City of London – to ride annually in the Lord Mayor’s procession and to escort military units when marching through the City.
Middle Warden, David Buckton
I am one of those privileged people who have been lucky enough to combine work with pleasure, from running a livery yard followed by 30 years as an equestrian insurance broker. When not in the office I could usually be found on a horse, preferably hunting.
Renter Warden, Steven Wilson
Working in economic development, and with Higher Education and Industry, I have experience at director level in both public and private sectors. I led the British Prime Minister's Initiative for Vocational Training in Russia for some years, and have served on the Livery Companies Skills Council and the City & Guilds of London Institute.
I am the proud son of a fine Highland farrier and crofter, the late Bill Wilson, of Lochaber Forge, Torlundy, Fort William, Inverness-shire. My late father also bred Highland and Exmoor ponies and my brother Iain now keeps a large flock of Blackface Sheep at Inverguiseran Farm on the Knoydart peninsula, Scotland's last wilderness. I have always ridden and am a keen supporter of the Suffolk Punch Trust, having moved from glen to fen to live in exile in a village near Cambridge almost a decade ago.
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