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Camilla meets Splash the horse at Clarence House

The duchess hosted a reception for supporters of the Ebony Horse Club.

The Duchess of Cornwall meets Laura Boland and Splash (Aaron Chown/PA)
The Duchess of Cornwall meets Laura Boland and Splash (Aaron Chown/PA)

The Duchess of Cornwall invited a horse to her home as she hosted a reception at Clarence House.

Splash, a 10-year-old cob belonging to the Ebony Horse Club, was among Camilla’s guests.

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The Duchess of Cornwall, yard manager Laura Boland, Splash the horse and young people who have taken part in programmes with the Ebony Horse club charity (Aaron Chown/PA)

The event was held for supporters and beneficiaries of the community riding centre in Brixton, south London, which teaches riding and horse care.

It aims to help children learn new skills, develop aspirations and take on new responsibilities.

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Camilla with Splash (Aaron Chown/PA)

Camilla, who distracted Splash with a carrot when it decided to nibble the Clarence House lawn, called for an Ebony Horse Club to be set up in every major city.

The duchess said as she thanked the supporters:  “Here it is now going from strength to strength.”

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The duchess meets guests during the reception (Aaron Chown/PA)

She added: “The only thing is we now need an Ebony Horse Club in every major city.”

This year, the club has provided 1,700 rides to 110 riders per week.

Camilla became president of the club in 2009.

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