Life Guards Mounted Drum Horse in State Dress

This is a very impressive statue standing 16" tall of a Drum Horse of the Life Guards Cavalry Regiment. We offer it in bronze (as seen here), painted or silver. If you order the standrd bronze sculpture we automatically include this base and an engraved brass plate.

£420.00 £350.00

This is the Life Guards Drum Horse in State or 'Gold' Order. The rider is sculpted at 8" tall and therefore the overall height of this sculpture (without wooden base) is 14". The piece will fit into the rest of the Life Guards and Cavalry collection.

The Band of the Life Guards ride black horses, the Drummer by tradition riding a piebald or skewbald horse. The Drum horses are named after Classical Greek Heroes, and carry solid silver Kettledrums, which weigh 80 lbs each, and which were presented by HM King William IV in May of 1831. The first record of the Band establishment was about 1795, and later in the Royal United Services Journal for June 1831, referring to the mounted Band of The Life Guards, it says: After saluting and marching past the King, "God Save The King" was played on the Russian Chromatic Trumpets used by the Band at that time.Traditionally (until comparatively recently), a Trumpeter from the Band was on duty 24 hours a day to sound the same calls that were played when the Regiment was first formed. Every person in the Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment was expected to know the calls, and the times they should be sounded.

The yearly duty cycle of a Life Guards Drum Horse starts with the full dress Major General’s London Parade in March. From April to July the Band are kept busy with Regimental Duties culminating in Trooping the Colour at Horseguards for the Queen. In August all the Household Cavalry horses go on holiday to Bodney in Norfolk where they enjoy a relaxed routine with riding by the sea. In the Autumn they return to London to participate in the routine of Parades, State Occasions and Musical Rides. Achilles, the present Drum Horse is in his third season with the regiment and in keeping with tradition is a gift to the Regiment from the Monarch. He lives in the stables at Knightsbridge Barracks, is ridden on parade by Musician Gareth Kennedy and regularly exercised on Hyde Park.

Stands 14" tall on its base, 11" long and 9" wide.

In an effort to be more sustainable we've had our outer packaging redesigned to be fully recyclable. Every statue comes in a simple elegant printed brown box with printed fabric tape.

Inside the box the statue will be protected with bubble wrap and special foam bags to minimise the chance of damage in transit. 

Recyclable cardboard packaging

All our statues include an optional engraved plate on the wooden base. On the bronze statues the plate is jewellers brass and the pewter/ silver statues have a nickel silver plate.

To add a plate to your statue please select the option above and enter your engraving details. Please note if the engraving is left blank no plate will be included. If you'd like a blank plate please write this in the engraving details.

Please DOUBLE CHECK the engraving as mistakes will require a new plate to be made.

On the engraving the text will be centred and the font sized to fit the plate.

More Information
Product CodeB1e
Price CodeFL
Sculpting Scale8"
Base Material of the StatueCold Cast Resin
Height Including Presentation Base15" / 38cm
Width with Presentation Base8" / 20cm
Depth with Presentation Base6" / 15cm

Please be aware that these measurements are not exact and have been rounded for ease.
As every item is individually handmade the exact dimensions may vary slighty.