Horse world remembers HRH Duke of Edinburgh
A book of condolence to mark the death of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh has been set up by the organisers of the London International Horse Show.
In a statement they said: “His Highness The Duke of Edinburgh sadly passed away on 9th April 2021, at the age of 99. A huge force for good in the equestrian world, his contributions and commitment have left an unequalled legacy.
“The Horse World Remembers – an Equestrian Tribute to the Duke of Edinburgh will be coordinated by the Royal Windsor Horse Show, of which he was the active President for 30 years.
“During a time when we may not be able to pay tribute in person, The Horse World Remembers will provide a way to celebrate and commemorate the life of a remarkable man - available to all online who wish to pay their respects.
“Amongst his other manifold achievements, His Royal Highness was a great equestrian.
“Combining the best qualities of both horsemanship and sportsmanship, the Duke competed at the highest level in Polo and Carriage Driving and was one of the driving forces behind the instigation of the latter on the world stage.
“He administered and led the International Equestrian Federation in one of the sport’s most successful phases, starting and supporting new equestrian disciplines, and even utilising his engineering interest to develop state of the art carriages for competition.
“Elsewhere, his genuine and engaged patronage of the Pony Club encouraged youth involvement in the sport at the grassroots level.”
It continued: “At the heart of The Horse World Remembers is an online Book of Condolence, which will form the platform for collective memories and tributes.
“Messages from organisations and individuals, professionals and amateurs alike are all welcome. Please feel free to write whatever comes to your mind. It could be personal, it could be reflective, it could be joyous or it could be a message to His Royal Highness to thank him for his contribution to the horse world. Your message could be anonymous or not, it is up to you – photographs, stories, condolences and thoughts are all welcome. You are also encouraged to share this opportunity with your society members and friends in the equestrian community. The Book of Condolence can be found at www.horseworldremembers.com Stories will also be shared across social media (Instagram, Twitter and Facebook) using #HorseWorldRemembers.”