Nine equestrian suppliers will take part in a unique exhibition for royal warrant holders in the gardens of Buckingham Palace from 11-14 July, as part of the 60th anniversary celebrations of the coronation of The Queen.
Horse sport is the largest specialist interest represented at the Coronation Festival, reflecting the royal family’s keen personal interest.
The equine exhibitors are Bedmax, manufacturer of dust-free bedding; surface supplier Martin Collins Enterprises Ltd — whose Ecotrack is laid in the grounds of Windsor Castle for the Royal Windsor Horse Show — feed specialists Dengie and Dodson & Horrell, and Equicentre Farriers, supplier of Mordax studs.
They will be joined by Horse Weigh, which supplied horse weighing platforms to London 2012; Shires Equestrian, one of the few clothing and equipment brands manufacturing all its own products, and equestrian tailors Bernard Weatherill and Vale Brothers Ltd, which was established 225 years ago and now owns Edward Goddard, Thermatex and Harry Dabbs.
Royal warrants are a mark of recognition to those who have supplied, for at least five years, the households of The Queen, Duke of Edinburgh or the Prince of Wales.
This is the first time Buckingham Palace has been opened for a ticketed trade event. Up to 60,000 visitors are expected.
Gala evening tickets have already sold out. Daytime tickets cost £30, from www.coronationfestival.com
This news story was first published in Horse & Hound magazine (4 April 2013)