Riderless Horse Memorial Ceremony
Ceremonial of the Kingdom of An Tir
Version: 12th Night, LII (2018)
There are no cheers or applause.
- Their Majesties ask the populace to stand.
- The Order of the Rose and the Valorous Estate will now escort the Riderless Horse Memorial into Court.
The Order of the Rose and the Valorous Estate approach followed by the Riderless Horse wearing the ceremonial caparison.
The Crown or Herald or one of the assembled reads the following (at the Crown's discretion):
- The Kingdom of An Tir needed a permanent memorial
- representing our sorrow for those who have passed away.
- The Order of the Rose and the Valorous Estate proposed using a Riderless Horse
- to represent those who have died,
- both as a dignified way of marking their passing,
- and to provide a ceremony that will be instantly and universally understood
- by those who witness it.
- Today, we bring before you the Riderless Horse Memorial,
- which will be a constantly evolving piece of An Tir history
- which is stewarded by the Order of the Rose and the Valorous Estate.
- The caparison has been fashioned from retired pieces of Kingdom Regalia,
- and will continue to be added to by members of the Order of the Rose and
- the Valorous Estate and the populace of our Kingdom.
- It is right and fitting that members of the populace of An Tir
- who pass on be remembered and recognized for their presence and contributions
- to the Sable Kingdom.
The Consort carries a black tassel to the Riderless Horse
- Therefore do We, , hereby recognize .
The Consort attaches the tassel on the caparison.
The Herald reads the name of each person who has passed as the tassel is attached
to the caparison. There is a moment of silence following each name.
When the list is complete, the assembled escort the riderless horse out of Court.
- Verify the Riderless Horse is available.
- Ensure the list of names is available for the Herald, before the horse is readied for Court.