THIS year’s Easter Monday London Harness Horse Parade will have special features in celebration of the Queen’s Jubilee. This magnificent visual history of transport through the ages will feature horses and carriages sent from the Royal Mews by kind permission of HM The Queen and one of the presenters will be The Crown Equerry.
This is the first time for many years that the event has been honoured in this way. The Parade will also be helping to celebrate the Jubilee by presenting special rosettes to the winners and a 2012 horse brass for every exhibitor.
The famous London Harness Horse Parade has been a traditional Easter spectacle since 1885 and moved out of central London in 2006 to the spacious, purpose-built South of England Centre at Ardingly RH17 6TL with free parking and easier access.
On parade will be carriages, wagons, drays and carts, horses, ponies and donkeys and vintage and classic cars and tractors – all the sights and sounds of yesteryear for the family to enjoy together.
There are also Fullers Brewery Dray rides, plaiting, harnessing, shoeing and farriery demonstrations, trade stands and refreshments.
On Easter Monday, April 9, the event starts at 10.30am with the Veterinary and Farriery inspections, with judging for light horses, harness and vehicles beginning at 10.45am.
At 11.45am judging continues for heavy horses, harness and vehicles with the prize giving and Grand Finale of all exhibitors at approximately 1pm. Admission charge is £6 per adult, under 16s FREE, Parking FREE. For further information visit www.lhhp.co.uk
The Parade continues to develop each year. A ‘Newcomers Award’ is being introduced this year to encourage new exhibitors to the Parade and also anyone who has not entered since the move out of central London.
The new award is being sponsored by The Worshipful Company of Loriners, who are celebrating the 750th anniversary of their grant of Ordinance.
For WSG readers there is the chance of a two for one admission offer. Simply cut out the coupon on this page and take it along to the event. It means that a family of four, with two adults and two children under the age of 16 can visit this outstanding event for just £6.