Name: Dyfed Grey Celt
Sire: Springbank Storm
Dam: Dyfed Countess
Born on the 20th June 2005, Dyfed Grey Celt was the first foal born on the farm in 11 years. Little did we know what was to follow!
He was a surprise to us even back then. He was premature and was Grey – despite his Dam Dyfed Countess and Sire Springbank Storm both being black!
Shown in hand from a young age, Celt had a quiet temperament which would work in his favour when the Household Cavalry advertised for a new Drum Horse in 2008. That October aged just 3, he began a new life in London as a trainee Drum Horse!
Life in the ‘Big Smoke’
Celt debuted for the Queen on a State Visit for the Emir of Qatar in October 2010 and made his mark at his first Trooping of the Colour in June 2011.
Officially named by the Queen as Mercury, the ‘Messenger of the Gods’, he was given the rank of Major – the highest given to any animal in the Army!
In over 10 years in the Household Cavalry, Major Mercury has become the leading Drum Horse and is now the ‘big brother’ to all of those new trainee horses…including our Ed!
We are very proud of Celt and look forward to following his continued work in the Cavalry for many more years to come!