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“My connection with horses started from as far back as I can remember when I became awe-struck by the riding ponies on Swanage Beach. I started to ride when I was five, then went through my school days drawing ponies’ heads, hoofs, bridles and saddles on paper, books and pencil cases. My grandfather recounted his experience of the First World War where he served with the Royal Field Artillery. He spoke of the hardship the horses and mules suffered. These willing creatures gave me thrills and spills at pony club camps and general riding and, in 1970, I achieved a British Horse Society Assistant Instructor certificate. I continue as an amateur enthusiast and have been riding with a 'Riding With Your Mind' senior instructor. 

“The Working Horses of London drawings were started in the mid-1980s with the aim of documenting the various horses still working in the capital. I drew from observation at numerous locations and ceremonial events, together with written notes about skills and traditions spoken by the horsemen and women whom I met.  Initially, the work was to become an artist’s book but became an exhibition at The Stephen Bartley Gallery, Chelsea in 1991” - Kate Dicker

The King's Troop Royal Horse Artillery

In 1994, Kate was invited to join The King’s Troop RHA to draw activities behind the scenes at the last show of the Royal Tournament held at  Earl’s Court in 1997.  The collection of drawings are held in the archive at The Royal Artillery Museum. 

Exit at Earl's Court, Charcoal and Conté, 55x78cm


The Royal Artillery Museum Archive

Exerts from sketchbook, Ink sketches

Parade Commander waiting with gun teams, Pencil

The Royal Artillery Museum Archive

In the lines, Pencil

The Royal Artillery Museum Archive

Working Horses of London

Massed Bands of the Household Cavalry at Knightsbridge Barracks rehearsing before Trouping the Colour, Pencil

Bill's Pony at Westway, London, Pencil


Heavy Horses