Her Majesty The Queen

‘An in­spi­ra­tion to mil­lions around the world’

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NO LIST OF in­spir­ing eques­trian women would be com­plete with­out Her Majesty The Queen. A keen horse­woman from an early age, Princess El­iz­a­beth was given her first pony — a Shet­land named Peggy — on her fourth birth­day by her grand­fa­ther, King Ge­orge V. Since then, The Queen’s love of horses has been en­dur­ing. Along with a pas­sion for rid­ing, she has also been heav­ily in­volved with rac­ing, be­ing crowned the British flat rac­ing cham­pion owner twice (in 1954 and 1957). An­other high­light was when her horse Es­ti­mate won the Gold Cup at As­cot in 2013. Es­ti­mate’s win was the first time that a reign­ing monarch had won the race. Be­ing a keen horse­woman, it’s no sur­prise that The Queen’s horse-lov­ing genes have been passed on through her fam­ily. Her daugh­ter Anne, the Princess Royal, was the first mem­ber of the British royal fam­ily to com­pete in an Olympic Games (more on her on p28), while Prince Charles, our fu­ture king, was a reg­u­lar on the com­pet­i­tive polo scene from an early age. Nearly all of The Queen’s grand­chil­dren ride too. It’s an im­pres­sive CV and The Queen’s con­tri­bu­tion to eques­trian sport hasn’t gone un­no­ticed. In 2014, the FEI awarded her its first Life­time Achieve­ment award. “Her Majesty Queen El­iz­a­beth is a life­long lover of horses who has in­spired mil­lions around the world,” said HRH Princess Haya when she pre­sented the award. “She is a true horse­woman, and her knowl­edge of breed­ing and blood­lines is in­cred­i­ble. The bond be­tween The Queen and horses is truly ex­tra­or­di­nary.”

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