Never was so much owed by so many to so few, At the going down of the sun and in the morning, We will remember them.
This year’s image created for Remembrance day features two retired military horses – Vainglory and Yeti.
Vainglory served with the Life Guard Squadron of the The Household Cavalry for 21 years – during his career he took part in many events including: the 2011 Royal Wedding, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and formed the Queen’s Life Guard as well as being the Director of Music’s Charger during the Musical Ride. At 24 years old, he retired to The Horse Trust to enjoy his days out in the field with his friends, including the handsome Yeti who features in this image too!
Yeti also served with the Life Guards – with 19 years of service he took part in many ceremonies including Trooping the Colour and many State Visits; Yeti was also part of the Musical Ride. During the ride many drills and manoeuvres are demonstrated, that would have once been used in war time or during ceremonial duties. Four of the horses are trained to lay down during the ride, they are ridden by “Monkey Men.” Laying horses down used to be done in battle to conceal and protect cavalry units from enemy gunfire and to allow a stable firing platform for the rider. Later on in the performance the Monkey Men and their mounts carry in the Welsh, Scottish, English and Union Jack flags as “Land of Hope and Glory” echos around the arena. Yeti had the honour of carrying in the Union Jack and galloping out at top speed.