Entries to the Horse World Remembers Book of Condolence will be on display at the Royal Windsor Horse Show 2021, as a gesture of appreciation for the Duke’s incredible life and achievements.
The tributes paid after the Duke's death painted a much fuller picture of a remarkable man and a remarkable life.
Lovers of the Horse of the Year show will always remember his patronage of the Pony Club Challenge- a characteristically fast & furiously competitive event pitching Pony Clubs against each other in a series of Gymkhana Games.
Others- myself included- will remember his unstuffy attitude, impatience with formality and pomposity, his love of sport- cricket especially- and his sense of humour.
When my wife Tessa Campbell Fraser's sculpture of Gold Cup Winner Estimate arrived at Sandringham in 2015, stonemasons had already prepared a beautiful stone base for it to stand on. On its own, it looked like a tomb or catafalque, where you might see a King or Queen lying in stone. The Duke arrived to oversee proceedings, and the following exchange took place:
Me: You must have been a little worried, Sir, seeing that appear?
Him: I know! Shall I go and lie down on it?
That was the man. Quick, irreverent, and irrepressible. RIP.
SKH Prinz Philip,
einem wahren Ritter,
sei gedankt für seine Fähigkeit junge Menschen in- und außerhalb seiner Familie zu begeistern, für viele Aktivitäten, auch für den Pferdesport.
.. das die Jugend reite, reite!
The Lusitano Horse Breeders Association (APSL) extends its deepest sympathy to the British Royal Family on the loss of HRH Prince Philip, the Duke of Edinburgh.
On several occasions there have been presentations of Lusitano horses at the Royal Windsor Show, where we have always been warmly received.
The passing of HRH Prince Philip, is a great loss to the equestrian world, where his great interest and commitment was always known.
We reiterate our sincere condolences to HM The Queen and the Royal Family, thanking him for his important role in the equestrian world, where he will be greatly missed.
My condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and members of The Royal Family. May HRH The Prince Philip rest in peace in the knowledge that he used his considerable intellect and influence to enhance so many lives in so many quarters, mainly through his dedication to duty and steadfast support of the Queen. The equestrian world is especially grateful to Prince Philip for putting the wonderful world of carriage driving firmly on the map for all to enjoy, and for his refreshing ability to speak his mind. We need more like him.
I would like to add my grateful thanks for the enormous contribution that the Duke Edinburgh made not only to the Nation, but to the world of Carriage Driving, which has given me endless hours of pleasure and fun.
The National Stud in Kladruby nad Labem (the Czech Republic) will always remember HRH The Duke of Edinburgh as a respectable opponent of our drivers during four-in-hand driving competitions. We were honored to welcome HRH Prince Philip to the National Stud in 1996.
Thank you Sir for all your contributions to the equestrian world.
Sincere condolences to Her Majesty and all Members of the Royal Family.
The sport of driving has been one of the greatest pleasures in my life. May you find comfort knowing that we, who genuinely share a love of horses and driving, send our sincerest condolences to you and your family.
May I convey my deepest sympathy to Her Majesty the queen and all members of the Royal family at this sad time on the death of the Prince Philip duke of Edinburgh R I P however we had great conversations especially on the members drinks reception at the royal Windsor horse club with his royal highness
Prince Philip was a man of incredible energy, endowed with an unfailing sense of humour and the FEI was honoured to have him as our longest serving President.
He was held in the very highest regard and he leaves behind an unparalleled legacy for our beloved sport, especially in the Driving community, which he introduced as a new discipline in 1970 - and effectively opened the door for other non-Olympic sports to join the FEI in doing so. But his influence extended way beyond his own adored sport of Driving, and he gave enormous support to the FEI Jumping Nations Cup series and lobbied for many years for the creation of an all-discipline global Championships, which ultimately resulted in the creation of the FEI World Equestrian Games.
This pioneering spirit for adventure and breaking down of invisible barriers was instrumental in making the FEI more inclusive and ultimately friendly by uniting the equestrian community around shared values and a collective future.
I had the pleasure of meeting the Duke of Edinburgh on a couple of occasions, both very memorable and inspiring. Connecting with people, giving them the chance and the opportunity to shine and develop was second nature to him and for this, we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. Remarkably, he was born in the same year the FEI was founded but sadly will not be with us to celebrate his own and the FEI’s centenary this year. We will celebrate his life and remember him as a truly great ambassador of our sport.
It was an honour to have known Prince Philip and on behalf of the FEI, I extend my deepest sympathy to the British Royal Family and join the equestrian community in mourning the loss of this remarkable man.
His dedication and his contribution to the equestrian community is formidable and will never be forgotten.
Ingmar De Vos, FEI President
My sincere and heartfelt condolences to the Queen and her family on a great loss .
I was privileged to receive my Dof E Gold Award from Prince Philip at Buckingham Palace. Little did I know that the experiences then and our shared love of horses would shape my life- even my own legacy,
For 3 years of Dof E Community Service I visited residents of a 'Geriatric Ward' writing notes for them to post, talking to them about their memories, They may have been frail ,but they had experienced a full life. I couldn't understand that they had no other visitors.
With Covid the loneliness and isolation of older people with life changing illnesses has now been highlighted. I've always believed that horses were special - for different reasons at different times in our lives.
Soon, the wheelchair accessible 'Happiness Horsebox' that I have designed will take friendly horses to care homes and hospices for special conversations. It can also help riders be lifted up to mount and so compete and just ride in beautiful countryside,
The Sir Peter O'Sullevan and Willberry Wonder Pony charities supported its build and now it's won a Sport England Innovation Award. I really think Prince Phillip would have been pleased at how it all started! To complete the circle, this image of it was created by a 15yo as part of his DoE too!! Please follow our journey.... www.happinesshorsebox.co.uk - launch in July.
The Duke of Edinburgh, what a remarkable man and an inspiration to so many people young and not so young around the world. I never met him personally, although I did see him carriage driving on many occasion at Windsor Horse show, which was the highlight of my day. He will be fondly remembered and sadly missed.
My condolences to Her Majesty the Queen, her family and people on the passing of a man of great distinction.
As an amateur driver who came late to the sport of carriage driving, I have a genuine appreciation for HRH The Duke of Edinburgh's contributions to the sport of Combined Driving. I enjoyed his book Competition Carriage Driving, where his wit and humor shines through the pages. The fact that he continued to drive nearly to the end of his life is a testament to his love of the sport. God Bless
I really admired the Duke of Edinburgh for his horsemanship and relentless energy,
I am thankful for his making this world a better place.
I visited the RWH in 2017 and took a picture of the Duke and later one of the Queen as well. It is so nice to see these Royals mixing with us 'normal' people.
D. Liefting - de Zwaan
I am so sorry to hear of the Duke's passing.
I live in Ontario, Canada and we Canadians have great love and respect for the Duke and yourself.
As a sport we owe an immense amount to HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
A lover of all things equestrian, he gave so much to the varied disciplines, not least as the longest serving President of the FEI. In this role, his foresight, knowledge and proactive support saw the introduction of the FEI World Cup Series and the FEI Nations Cup Series. These now longstanding and highly successful international competitions continue to play a pivotal role in the production and preparation of medal winning riders and horses across the globe.
With these and many other such invaluable contributions to horse sport, the legacy of HRH The Duke of Edinburgh will forever live on in the equestrian world and he will be missed in so very many ways.
On behalf of the British Showjumping Board, our heartfelt condolences to our Patron, HRH The Queen and to the family he leaves behind .
Charles Britton, Chairman – British Showjumping
Condolences. A life well lived.
I remember and give thanks for such a remarkable life and distinguished career of service. As both a Frenchman and a keen horseman, I couldn’t help but recognise amongst His Royal Highness The Duke of Edinburgh’s many decorations, the French Croix de Guerre 1939-1945 with palm, and always recall The Duke’s exceptional legacy in the equestrian world.
My deepest condolences to Her Majesty The Queen and the Royal Family.
The association of HRH, Prince Philip, The Duke of Edinburgh with polo was hugely significant for the Hurlingham Polo Association (HPA). In 1951 he was instrumental in the successful revival of polo post the Second World War, not just in this country but also overseas. He accepted the appointment of Patron of the HPA in 1952 and in 1955 founded the Guards Polo Club. In addition, he was also a fine player and achieved widespread success in a range of tournaments, winning the Gold Cup twice and many other important tournaments at Cowdray and Guards, invariably accompanied and supported by Her Majesty The Queen.
The HPA has been immensely privileged to have Prince Philip as our Patron and as a player. His interest and support for polo never wavered and the extensive media coverage of his widespread and wonderful achievements highlighted just how lucky the HPA has been that Prince Philip gave polo so much of his time over nearly 70 years. He will be much missed and remembered with huge affection and pride.
Your Majesty, my sincere condolences to you and all the Royal Family with the sad loss of HRH Prince Philip.
Although never persoanlly meeting you I have seen you both a number of times at Royal Windsor since I was a young girl. Prince Philip was a strong, noble gentleman with a remarkable mind and sense of humour.
RIP Sir your work is done, thank you for your tireless duty and support for the Queen. You will be truely missed.
For years, my family have always travelled from Kent to the Royal Windsor Horse Show. We always stop for lunch with a good view of a carriage driving obstacle, and for many years the greatest excitement was the chance to see Prince Philip with his team and horses. I remember marvelling at his athleticism and skill, even more remarkable in his more mature years.
For me, Prince Philip has always been a symbol of nobility, an absolute gentleman. Although our loss cannot be compared to that of the Royal Family, it does feel a little like we have all lost a grandfather figure.
The Royal Family, and our country, have lost a shining light. One who always seemed to radiate humanity. His presence, his image, will be greatly missed and I know the equestrian world will do all they can to continue his legacy. Quite simply, he has touched the lives, hearts and minds of so many people and will never be forgotten. One of a kind.
I came to carriage driving fairly late in my life with horses, but as I took lessons and studied I came across an early video about Prince Philip's efforts to start carriage driving events. I very much appreciated his vision and participation in the organizational aspects of what has become known as a CDE.
Thank you, Prince Philip. Every time any of us harnesses and hitches up, we owe you a debt of gratitute. Rest in peace, and may you now be driving as fast as you want to!
I first met Prince Phillip at the 1993 World Pair Championship at Gladstone New Jersey. I was an eager new pair driver and was thrilled to be chosen as one of the farriers for the event. My wife Rita, an artist had created a note card with a drawing of him driving the team of Cleveland Bays. In hopes of running into him at the event I carried them all the time. My chance came at the competitor's party. I introduced myself, asked if I could give him the cards and said I was one of the farriers. He graciously placed the cards in his jacket, and thanked me for my service. I hope the cards made it back to Windsor and the Queen got to see them. He was a true horseman and I'm glad I got to meet him in quieter times in an element where he was happy and relaxed.
As coachman for Frolic Weymouth we had a wonderful experience when his Royal Highness asked Frolic to follow him on the marathon course at Windsor Park Equestrian Club day in 1985. We were in livery with the coach fully loaded with guests as we followed going cross country. Frolic painted Prince Philip's portrait which hangs in Windsor Castle. We also won a special award at the Windsor Horse Show presented by H.M. The Queen. On another occasion my wife, Stephanie, complimented H.R.H.Prince Philip about the belt buckle he was wearing upon which he removed it with a flourish and remarked "it was from your President , Ronald Reagan. I had the honour of being invited to judge the Coaching Class at Royal Windsor horse Show 2019.
My thoughts and deepest sympathies are with Her Majesty the Queen and the Royal Family at this sad time, after the announcement of the passing of His Royal Highness The Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh who passed away peacefully at Windsor Castle at the grand age of 99. The longest-serving Consort in British history and the oldest ever male member of the Royal Family. A very touching Funeral Service and send off at St George’s Chapel in Windsor Castle. Rest In Peace Prince Philip. Much love to the Queen and the Royal Family. Daniel Park.