Charity World Horse Welfare set to take part in glittering Jubilee pageant
By Katy Islip
04 May 2012 16:32
An equine charity is celebrating after being selected to take part in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee pageant.
World Horse Welfare (WHW) is one of only four charities nominated for the event, which will take place in the grounds of Windsor Castle from Thursday, May 10 to Sunday, May 13, with surplus money raised set to be equally divided between the charitable causes.
The pageant will see more than 550 horses and 1,000 dancers, musicians and performers stage a series of nightly extravaganzas to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the Queen’s accession – among those performing will be the Royal Cavalry of Oman (pictured).
Roly Owers, chief executive of WHW, said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen as one of the four charities for this exciting and prestigious event. The association could not be more apt as we too are celebrating our own anniversary – 85 years of helping horses in the UK and around the world.
“The pageant’s displays of horses from across the globe echo our work helping the full breadth of the horse world across four continents. We think the pageant will be an excellent opportunity for us to highlight the challenges horses face and their universal importance to society worldwide.
“We have been proud of our links with the Royal family throughout our history. In addition to enjoying HRH The Princess Royal as our President, our rehabilitated horses have found new homes at Balmoral.
“Horses have come to us upon referral from the Queen Mother and our staff and trustees past and present have served with the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment. One of our rehabilitated horses, Digger, is currently being trained as a drum horse with the Cavalry.”
The performance on Thursday, May 10, will be dedicated to WHW, and the other charities involved in the event are The Royal British Legion, Save the Children and The Queen Elizabeth Trust.
For more information on WHW and its work rescuing and rehabilitating neglected and abused equines both in the UK and overseas, visit www.worldhorsewelfare.org where donations can also be made.