Banbury riders take their Arabian horses to Buckingham Palace in the New Year’s Day, All The Queen’s Horses Parade

Roseanne Edwards, left, with Arab stallion Mukhtar Ibn Eternity and owner Sasha Melia NNL-151215-105741001
Roseanne Edwards, left, with Arab stallion Mukhtar Ibn Eternity and owner Sasha Melia NNL-151215-105741001

Two Banbury riders have been invited to take their Arabian horses to represent the breed at the All The Queen’s Horses Parade in London on New Year’s Day.

Sasha Melia and Roseanne Edwards will not be celebrating New Year’s Eve as they have a pre-dawn start to be in the capital early on New Year’s morning.

The two will take their horses, Mukhtar Ibn Eternity and G Lanzelot in the parade of 70 horses through Picadilly Circus, Trafalgar Square, Parliament Square and The Mall to Buckingham Palace, where tourists take photographs of the horses.

“The theme of this year’s parade - which goes ahead of the main New Year’s Day Parade - is ‘magic’ and we’re in a team called Unicorn,” said Mrs Melia, who stands her stallion at stud near Hook Norton.

“We will be dressed as Snow Queens to give a frosty but colourful feel.

“This is the 30th parade and it’s the first time they have included Arabians in a team. It will be watched by 300 million people around the world so we’re very excited.”