Video: Ruhestand Für Königlichen Wallach, Der Seine Kutsche "mit Einem Lächeln" Zog
Der Horse Trust hat die Ankunft eines „schelmischen“königlichen Bewohners begrüßt, der sich in die Wohltätigkeitsorganisation zurückgezogen hat.
Cleveland Bay Sheffield zog sich aufgrund von Lahmheitsproblemen im Alter von 10 Jahren aus den Royal Mews zurück.
Ein Sprecher des Horse Trust sagte, der 16hh Wallach wurde im Hampton Court Palace geboren und verbrachte seine Arbeitskarriere als Kutschpferd.
„Als junges Pferd im Training war Sheffield viel kleiner als die anderen, aber das hat ihn nie zurückgehalten. Er erwies sich als kleines Kraftpaket, wenn es ums Fahren ging, und man konnte ihn immer mit Begeisterung und einem Lächeln im Gesicht ziehen sehen “, sagte sie.
“sheffield moved to buckingham palace as a five-year-old, where he became a regular on state occasions, participating in his first state visit after only three months in london.”
the gelding has been a part of many major ceremonies including trooping the colour, the state opening of parliament, royal ascot, and the queen’s 90th birthday pageant.
“sheffield was used regularly for training and teaching members of the mews the ropes of driving. several of the staff perfected their driving skills with sheffield, either as a single, a pair or in a team, ’ she said.
“he also spent a season as the nanny for the young horses in training at windsor. although a model example of a royal carriage horse for the most part, he did not hesitate to show off his mischievous side!”
the spokesman added sheffield was a “huge character” at the royal mews.
“he was blessed with a pair of fantastically large ears, which made him easy to spot anywhere,” she said.
“his enormous overreactions to the smallest puddles kept the team on their toes for many years, and not forgetting his ability to cover the ground like a racehorse, meaning he was everyone’s top choice to ride in the great park.”
matthew powers, head coachman of the royal mews, said the gelding will be “missed by many” but is very deserving of his retirement at the horse trust.
“sheffield’s time at the mews has not been as long as some horses’ but he has been such an enjoyable horse to have,” he said.
horse trust chief executive jeanette allen added: “sheffield is a stunning boy with an impressive career of public service behind him. we can’t wait to get to know him better as he settles into retirement.”