More than 120 fell ponies provided the Queen with ‘one of her best birthday events’ in Windsor Park.  Members of the Fell Pony Society travelled from across the country and beyond to form a guard of honour for her majesty on 17th July. The idea came from Society President Mary Longsdon MBE who told a meeting of the society’s council she wanted to take 90 ponies to Windsor to celebrate the Queen’s 90th birthday.

The result was a unique and fabulous event, with society members invited to attend a private event held at Windsor Park, to pay tribute to their patron by providing a guard of honour; an event described by the Queen’s stud groom, Terry Pendry, as ‘making history’. Fell pony society chairman Eileen Walker led the 128 ponies to line the route as the Queen drove past in a carriage pulled by four fell ponies, and followed by those owned by the royal family and stabled at Windsor. The spokesman added: “the Queen was delighted to inspect the large number of ponies and learn that they had travelled from all parts of the
UK as well as from abroad to take part in this historic event.”

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