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The Queen on her horse at New Years

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  • The Queen on her horse at New Years

    The queen of England, among other things, has outstanding credentials in eventing. She is mother of former European gold medalist Anne and grandmother of former world champion Zara.

    Here she is yesterday, out riding at Sandringham. The choice of headlines, while accurately reflecting the news of the day, is not in especially good taste. Even if one is a staunch anti-monarchist, one should not run a photo of the Queen under the headline 'Human remains found..."

    I'm no monarchist by any means but I do admire this woman. That she's still out on her horse at age 85 is an inspiration.

  • #2
    Thanks for posting that.

    Her "carry on" attitude is one of the reasons I am a big fan.


    • #3
      Cute horse too! What kind is it? Hope I'm riding when I'm 85.....


      • #4
        It looks like one of her Fell ponies


        • #5
          Originally posted by HPFarmette View Post
          Cute horse too! What kind is it?
          According to the article he's "chestnut coloured." hmmm...


          • #6
            According to the article he's "chestnut coloured." hmmm...
            I wondered about that, too. Am I missing something? Did bay turn Chestnut?


            • #7
              I'm afraid if she were to fall down, she would surely break her crown...


              • #8
                Kudos to the Queen for continuing to ride.
                "Never do anything that you have to explain twice to the paramedics."
                Courtesy my cousin Tim


                • #9
                  Love the pic.

                  Fooler, your tagline is related to my principal of riding: I resolve, each and every time I go to the barn, not to be the funniest story in the emergency room that day.
                  I tolerate all kinds of animal idiosyncrasies.
                  I've found that I don't tolerate people idiosyncrasies as well. - Casey09


                  • #10
                    Great photo of a great lady. I hope to be riding when I'm her age.
                    Brothers and sisters, I bid you beware
                    Of giving your heart to a dog to tear.
                    -Rudyard Kipling


                    • #11
                      Here are some more lovely pictures along with a less gruesome and more subject specific story.
                      You know you're a horse person when your mother, who has no grandchildren, gets cards addressed to Grandma, signed by the horses, cats, and dogs.


                      • #12
                        I think the horse is actually a black who's had a hunter clip. And he's cute!
                        You have to have experiences to gain experience.

                        1998 Morgan mare Mythic Feronia "More Valley Girl Than Girl Scout!"


                        • #13
                          Her boots are cool.


                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Lori B View Post
                            Love the pic.

                            Fooler, your tagline is related to my principal of riding: I resolve, each and every time I go to the barn, not to be the funniest story in the emergency room that day.
                            actually, I have been...even with a seriously broken neck - SERIOUSLY!!!
                            ~ it no longer matters what level I do, as long as I am doing it..~ with many thanks, to Elizabeth Callahan


                            • #15
                              Got a few of those riders as a part of the hunt I'm with. One whip just celebrated his 83rd birthday this fall and one of the Masters turned 80 this summer. They are my heros!

                              Hats off to the queen!


                              • #16
                                I don't know the breed but I am guessing that the horse
                                is a shire. The feathering and build are typical of a shire.
                                I also think the horse is a black who has been clipped.
                                Robin from Dancing Horse Hill
                                Elmwood, Wisconsin


                                • #17
                                  Originally posted by selah View Post
                                  I'm afraid if she were to fall down, she would surely break her crown...
                                  One can only hope. That "nice" little 85 year old lady is a butcher. I really was not impressed that Hitler liked dogs and babies either.....
                                  "We, too, will be remembered not for victories or defeats in battle or in politics, but for our contribution to the human spirit." JFK


                                  • #18
                                    Originally posted by Robin@DHH View Post
                                    I don't know the breed but I am guessing that the horse
                                    is a shire. The feathering and build are typical of a shire.
                                    I also think the horse is a black who has been clipped.
                                    Someone on another thread said it's a Highland and that she's bred them for years.


                                    • #19
                                      Heres an adorable video of the Queen with her grandchildren pony-trekking !

                                      20-some years ago!
                                      Absolutely precious!

                                      In this current photo The Queen is riding a Fell pony and is accompanied by a Highland. The Queen breeds both Fells and Highlands and these are most likely home bred ponies.
                                      85! perfect way to spend boxing day!
                                      Last edited by brightskyfarm; Jan. 4, 2012, 01:25 AM.
                                      IN GOD WE TRUST
                                      OTTB's ready to show/event/jumpers. Track ponies for perfect trail partners.


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by Calamber View Post
                                        One can only hope. That "nice" little 85 year old lady is a butcher. I really was not impressed that Hitler liked dogs and babies either.....
                                        Why, Prince Charles! How nice of you to join us! Did Mummy let you on the computer, or are you sneaking again?