I would like you all to raise your glass to a wee fella who won an award after 20 years in the colours,a wee man loved by all including the queen and the recipient of the Tarrogon trophy by BHS for brightening the lives of many. Ladies and gentlemen I give you Cruachan the 3rd mascot of the Royal Regiment of Jocks may he have a long and happy retirement.
Sorry I forgot you southerners and those who haven't been in a highland regiment wouldn't know that Cruachan is a Shetland pony. Originally the mascot of the Argyll & Sutherland highlanders but laterly the Royal Regimentof Scotland. If you don't know Cruachan is a mountain in Argyll and a war cry of clan Campbell. Clan Campbell also formed part of the Black Watch along with Clan Fraser Clan Munro and Clan Grant in the early 1700s when raised as pretty much Celtic Gaelic police force in the highlands and were later enrolled into the British army. Cruachan 3rd retired after 20 years and has been replaced by Cruachan the 4th. He has been awarded the Tarragon award from the British Horse Society for his work in improving the life of humans by making them happy. As a man with strong links to a highland regiment and a man who loves all things equine I thought some would have found it interesting but then again I may have been wrong. I have some Shetlands in my fields as pets they are small tough and strong and can be bloody stubborn.
In 1952, as a serving member of the RASC, I was attached to the Argyl & Sutherland Highlanders on a posting to British Guians (now Guyana). When 1st Black Watch replaced the A&S I remained with the Scots regiment for a further six monsths, before returning to UK and then on to Singapore - those were the days!!