Friday, 12 March 2010
Thursday 11th March 2010 Bits and pieces
To the Guildhall Art Gallery (this begins to feel a little Pepysian) for a reception to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the Loriners Company, with a display of their treasures, in the presence of HRH the Princess Royal, with associated charities, schools, regiment, cadets and others. Loriners make and sell bits, bridles, spurs, stirrups, saddle trees and other metal parts of a horse's harness. http://www.cityoflondon.gov.uk/Corporation/LGNL_Services/Leisure_and_culture/Museums_and_galleries/Guildhall_Art_Gallery/
A wonderful show of these items, including a set of gold stirrups for the postillion riders on the State Coach, presented to HM the Queen for her Golden Jubilee. The trade, though small, survives as a specialist craft with support from the Loriners. They also promoted the introduction of a "Bits and bitting" qualification (with badge) for the Pony Club, to encourage young riders to take an interest in the safe and correct choice of bits and their usage.
About 80 Livery Masters there, so a good opportunity to meet more members of the "class of 2010".