Eight horses from the exotic Indian Marwari horse breed have arrived in Britain and are in rehearsals for Queen Elizabeth II’s Jubilee celebrations at Royal Windsor.
The Marwari horse group that will perform with the Rajasthani dance troops includes the stallions Dilraj and Nazrullah, two mares from Spain (Chamunda and Mirabai) as well as four horses from Oman.
Tent pegging is also being rehearsed. The Indian participants are on a trip of a lifetime and are ‘awestruck’ at the sheer magnificence of the Royal Windsor experience and are making friends in the participants’ village with fellow horse riders from all around the world.
The banners of the UK Chapter of the Marwari and Kathiawari Horse organisations have arrived at the show and will be set up on stand A28.
The stand will also be a collection point for those wishing to donate pony bits (4” – 5” wide). The Friends of Marwari Bit Donation Scheme has collected more than 620 bits in total so far, and 401 of those have been given out in the rural horse fairs of India in exchange for the cruel spiked bits so often used.