Happy Coronation Day from everyone at HorseBack. We are intensely proud that one of our latest course attendees, the submariner Georgia, is to be in the King’s parade.
We often think, on ceremonial occasions, of all the hours of practice and drill and care and thought which go into these mighty displays. We think of the families who will be watching on proudly. We think of everyone holding their breath, hoping that all will go off perfectly. Now we have one of our own to cheer on.
Georgia is in her twenties, but she has already faced some severe mental health problems in her life. She has had to look these in the whites of their eyes and not shy away. That was a part of the reason she came to HorseBack. We put her with Gus, whom you see in the photograph, and they got on marvellously.
Working through the pain and darkness of depression and anxiety and mental torment is never easy, but Georgia put her shoulder to the wheel, just as she will this morning, as she marches out for her King, country and comrades on a historic day. We know she will be brilliant and we salute her.
We salute everyone who is taking part. There will be ones who, like Georgia, have not faced a straight path in life; ones who, under their shining helmets and uniforms and decorations, might hide old scars. We think always of those ones, because they are the people we work with and theirs are the stories we know. But it doesn’t matter how hard your story is on a day like today, because everyone will put their best foot forward and lift their heads and square their shoulders and it will be a sight to see.