The equine community has members from all walks of life. Whether it’s a hobbyist hacker or a dressage dynamo, there are a whole manner of horse enthusiasts out there. Perhaps one of the most famous is Her Royal Highness Queen Elizabeth II. The Queen has been heavily involved in all things equestrian for a long time now, with around 180 horses under her ownership. Check out our infographic below and take a look at some of the most famous horses that the Queen has owned in her time, from race winners to weekend strollers.
This horse, recognisable by her bouffant mane, was the gateway to our Queen’s equine adventures. The Shetland pony that started it all was gifted to the Queen and her sister Margaret by their father King George VI. Peggy was the first horse that Her Royal Highness owned and was used when she learned to ride at the tender age of four years old.
Bought from a farmer in the 1950’s, Betsy was the Queen’s favoured horse for many years. She could often be seen hacking around the Windsor Estate or taking foreign dignitaries out for a canter. The 15.3 hands-high black mare was Her Royal Highness’s go-to horse and Head Groom Terry Pendry said that “they taught each other so much… she had a bit of character”.
In its 207-year history, the Gold Cup at Royal Ascot had never been won by a horse owned by the reigning monarch. That was until 2013 when Estimate managed this feat, possibly the Queen’s most notable achievement in the equine world. Estimate won the race with jockey Ryan Moore in the saddle, wearing the Queens recognisable silks – purple with gold braid, scarlet sleeves and a black velvet cap with gold fringe.
This black mare was given to the Queen by the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a gift. She went on to be Her Majesty’s mount of choice for the annual Trooping the Colour over 18 consecutive years! Since Burmese retired, the Queen no longer rides into Trooping the Colour and instead arrives in a carriage. Burmese is now immortalised in the form of a bronze statue in the Canadian province of Saskatchewan.
This chestnut mare was perhaps most famous for helping the Queen’s daughter, Princess Anne, win the 1971 eventing European Championships in Burghley, despite throwing her earlier that year! Doublet was given to the Princess Royal as a gift from her mother. Incidentally, Doublet was bred from one of Prince Phillip’s polo horses. A real family affair!
Riding horses can bring joy to anyone from the Queen of England to your average Joe! If you share our monarch’s passion for the equine lifestyle then you might want to think about insuring your horse, which could help you avoid ending up in a right royal mess! At The Insurance Emporium, we cover Vet’s Fees up to £5,000* per incident as an Optional Benefit on our Horse Insurance. Make it your ‘mane’ priority to check out The Insurance Emporium for more details!
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