Liveryman and Renter Warden John Waits writes: It was my great pleasure to attend the Epsom Ladies' Day on Friday 31st May together with my daughters Polly, Emily, and Rose.
Despite a cold start and even the threat of rain, the weather did eventually clear and some of us actually had some winners. The Guardsmen all looked immaculate in their uniforms, and they made the day so enjoyable with their impeccable service.
This is the sixth year that the Stationers' Company have been invited to attend by the Household Cavalry. I have been able to attend on four of these occasions. It was Queen Victoria who granted the Household Cavalry Regiment in 1857 the right to have an enclosure at Epsom each year on 'The Hill'. It's an excellent vantage point for the course and as it is by invite only, a truly unique opportunity to view the races in such style.
To start proceedings an excellent buffet is prepared which is far from beige food. Meats, crab and a selection of salads are available. Many varieties of cheese follow before several desserts. Everyone is encouraged to eat more than one dessert and nobody leaves hungry.
Seven races then take place including the Investec Coronation Cup and the Investec Oaks. I was blessed with two winners during the afternoon but judging by the smiles on many faces, other fellow Stationers were far more skilled in their choices. It's all helped by an excellent bar where good beer, Pimms and champagne are available, together with wines and soft drinks.
Sadly only 121 Stationers were able to attend this year including 19 from the Old School. This is largely due to the Jockey Club changing the date resulting in many usual attendees having a clash of diary events. Even so, around £3000 was raised for our Foundation which is an excellent result. Our thanks should go to Martin Randall for organising this wonderful opportunity.
I hope that we can continue to have the ability to take part in this wonderful event. If we are, please try to attend next year and experience something unique and very special.