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05/03/2014

5th March - Dodson & Horrell Awarded Contract for the Ministry of Defence

Dodson & Horrell are pleased to announce that they have once again been awarded the contract for the Ministry of Defence (MOD) to feed all their horses, an association that has continued for over 25 years.

The Ministry of Defence has horses based in Knightsbridge with The Household Cavalry, Woolwich with The Kings Troop and Melton Mowbray with The Defence Animal Centre.  These have specific and varied roles within the MOD ranging from State Ceremonial duties and Royal Occasions to pulling 1st World War gun carriages in intricate and demanding displays.  The feeding regime needs to ensure that  all horses  are very fit but calm, reliable and compliant.

The Household Cavalry Mounted Regiment (HCMR ) is not only famous worldwide for their Musical Ride but also demonstrating the very best of military equestrianism and tradition including The Queen’s Life Guard, The Queen’s Birthday Parade, The Garter Ceremony at Windsor Castle, the State Opening of Parliament and The Lord Mayor’s Show.  The King’s Troop work with and compliment HMCR on ceremonial duties and carry out Royal Salutes in Hyde Park as well as performing the spectacular Musical Drive of the Royal Horse Artillary at tattoos, major equestrian shows at home and abroad.

The Defence Animal Centre (DAC) is responsible for Animal Welfare, Veterinary Medicine, Procurement and Training.   Over 350 horses pass through the Centre on an annual basis and The Army School of Farriery and Veterinary Training Squadron are also based at the DAC.

John Horrell, Managing Director at Dodson & Horrell is proud of the company’s long association with the MOD: “It is a real honour to supply the horses of our armed forces with the very best feed available.  Working alongside the Army Veterinarians the technical and nutritional input  at Dodson & Horrell is invaluable in creating the correct feed  to augment the right level of fitness, combined with maintaining optimum temperaments.   The decision by the MOD to again award the contract to us is testament to this.”