I’m Lance Bombardier Richard Rowe. I’m 27 years of age and from Oxfordshire. I joined the Army in 2013 and started my basic training at Pirbright. By August 2014 I had joined The King’s Troop. I started as a Mounted Gunner (as all new members of The Troop do) tending to the horses on their day-to-day routine. I then progressed to preparing our ceremonial kit and maintaining daily exercise equipment. In 2019, I secured a spot in the forge as a fully qualified farrier and am now working towards my higher-learning courses in farriery.

My standard working day starts with ensuring that all fires in the forge are lit, then after the horses have been exercised I maintain the shoes on their feet in order to keep them road worthy and able to go out on parade as well as providing an important part to our crash party, which is the safety team that follows the regiment on every parade.

I have ridden at the Royal Windsor Horse Show multiple times and also at The Queen’s 90th Birthday Celebration in 2016. My most memorable moment was at this event, when Her Majesty came on a visit around The King’s Troop and took a particular interest in the forge where I was at work. It was a great honour to have someone of such importance take a real interest in my trade and profession.

The Troop has provided me with unique opportunities that would have never been available on civilian street or within the rest of the Army. I still have much to learn and have the option to pursue higher-learning aspects of the job as well; all of this has been paid for and provided to me by the Army and The King’s Troop.