Sovereigns Parade

#2
Its probably a dumb question

but the picture of

Major Stephen Seagrave and his horse Winston at the Sovereign's Parade

he seems to be heading into the building

Is there a reason

thanks
 
#3
Hantslad said:
I like the way he won the Sword of Honour, but then didn't get commissioned into his old Corps!
Probably his choice. If he was good enough to win the Sword of Honour I would imagine he was also good enough to pick which regiment or corps he joined.
 
#4
hedgie said:
Its probably a dumb question

but the picture of

Major Stephen Seagrave and his horse Winston at the Sovereign's Parade

he seems to be heading into the building

Is there a reason

thanks
The Academy masseur is in that building. The horse is off for a neck rub and twenty minutes in the steam room.
 
#5
Hantslad said:
I like the way he won the Sword of Honour, but then didn't get commissioned into his old Corps!
It is fairly unusual to Commission into the same Regt/Corps that you served in as a soldier, for obvious reasons!

hedgie said:
Its probably a dumb question

but the picture of

Major Stephen Seagrave and his horse Winston at the Sovereign's Parade

he seems to be heading into the building

Is there a reason

thanks
You are correct. The Adjutant rides his pony up the steps of Old College and into the entrance, following the OCdts who are passing out.

He then dismounts for Port and Polos (the polos for the horse of course).


There are many theories about how this tradition was dervied, must most point to the Adj dodging the rain after the Parade sometime back!
 
#6
Interceptor said:
Hantslad said:
I like the way he won the Sword of Honour, but then didn't get commissioned into his old Corps!
Probably his choice. If he was good enough to win the Sword of Honour I would imagine he was also good enough to pick which regiment or corps he joined.
http://www.sandhurst.mod.uk/tour/oldcoll.htm

The custom of the Adjutant riding his horse up the steps at the end of the Sovereign's Parade dates from 1926 when Major (later Lieutenant General) FAM "Boy" Browning accomplished this feat, though there is no explanation for why he did this!
 
#7
It was a gorgeous day, the reviewing officer was brisk in both review and speech, and some very good people had recognition. The Sword of Honour winner had every excuse not to be on parade, but it was good to see him nonetheless.

Not recognised on parade was the War Studies prize which also went to a new Int Corps officer.

Based on Boy Browning's personality, there is every indication that he rode his charger up the steps of Old College because it was cool.
 
#8
Hantslad said:
http://www.mod.uk/DefenceInternet/DefenceNews/HistoryAndHonour/SunShinesOnSovereignsParade.htm

Sword of Honour winner - ex Int Corps
Queen's Medal winner - Int Corps

I like the way he won the Sword of Honour, but then didn't get commissioned into his old Corps!
Congratulations to the 2 individuals anyway........ :D
 

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