T H WHITE - Approved supplier to Royal Windsor Horse Show
Royal Windsor Horse Show is a highlight of the annual equestrian calendar. Held every May in the private grounds of Windsor Castle by special permission of Her Majesty The Queen, the Show is the UK’s largest outdoor event and is staged over five days, hosting international competitions in jumping, driving, dressage and endurance categories.
Preparing for this major event, ensuring it all runs smoothly during the five public days and then taking everything down and returning the site to its pre-show tranquillity is a massive logistical challenge. The organisers rely on a number of key suppliers for the equipment and machinery that helps to make it all possible.
Over the last five years T H WHITE has loaned the Show a fleet of Ifor Williams trailers – including general duty and flatbed models – for a three-week period, and in the last couple of years the trailers have been augmented by one or two smaller tractor units.
This year, however, the show organisers faced a real problem when their usual tractor supplier let them down. Mike Biscoe, manager at T H WHITE’s Reading Grasscare branch, picks up the story: “We were pleased to step in and help. Although the deadlines were tight we mustered eight new Iseki tractors which we were able to supply to the Show at short notice, and this led to T H WHITE being made an ‘Approved Supplier’ to Royal Windsor Horse Show.
“The compact Iseki units have proved ideal for the job, combining the power needed to haul a wide variety of loads around the site with great manoeuvrability which has allowed them to access all areas. Their large, soft tyres also help to avoid any churn on the ground, even where it had been softened by earlier rain,” Mike added.
During the show T H WHITE’s Ifor Williams Trailer Centre also operated a stand where a great deal of interest was shown in the company’s highly acclaimed horse trailers, in particular the new Eventa model. This ‘ultimate’ horse trailer features comfortable living accommodation, ample stowage and horse partitions arranged herringbone-style, as widely used on horsebox lorries.
Now with Approved Supplier status, T H WHITE is looking forward to assisting Royal Windsor Horse Show again next year when the event will additionally be hosting 90th birthday celebrations for The Queen.